Sorry, Talking Heads Are Not Reuniting, Despite the Band’s Mysterious New Instagram Account


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Earlier this week, an official, new Instagram account for Talking Heads turned up — and minds began racing. Would they … could they … were they finally going to be reuniting after so long apart?

The very concept felt far-fetched, at best, given the long-standing distance between David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Jerry Harrison and Chris Frantz as a collective, who last performed together in 2002 for their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The mere existence of the official Instagram page sparked questions and speculation, though.

Rolling Stone quashed all the rumors on Thursday, sending on a note from Byrne:

“I have never heard of this, I don’t know what it is or who is doing it, so clearly it can’t be a ‘official’ talking heads account. Whatever plans others in the band may have is strictly their own business and I wish them well.”

Frantz also expressed a lack of knowledge about what was going on via his Facebook page, while he and Harrison sent this along to Rolling Stone as well:

“We were made aware of the Instagram account a few days ago as it was brought to life by someone who works with [Talking Heads drummer] Jerry [Harrison],” the duo say. “We have not even talked about this internally yet. We are all currently happily working on our own projects and there are no plans for a Talking Heads reunion.”

Harrison and onetime Talking Heads guitarist Adrian Belew are planning a series of Remain in Light 40th anniversary events in 2020, promising to play some music festivals across the globe — which would also explain why Variety says the Instagram page was created by Harrison’s manager.

It’s hardly surprising that this apparently will NOT lead to a Talking Heads reunion, as Byrne has kept plenty busy with his own solo career for years, mixing in classic TH songs into his solo performances, and, now, a Broadway run of his 2018 American Utopia solo tour.

That there was so much attention given to the launch of an Instagram page only emphasizes how much the music community would love an actual reunion … but alas, it remains little more than a dream at this point.


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