Talking Heads reportedly turned down $80 million for a reunion show

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Friday, 2 February 2024, 11:34AM
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According to a recent report from Billboard, Talking Heads declined an impressive $80 million offer from Live Nation and Coachella for a reunion show.

The attempt to bring the band back together was spearheaded by Coachella festival curator Paul Tollett, who wanted to create a "Once In A Lifetime" experience.

Paul went to the Toronto International Film Festival last September, where the band reunited for the first time in over 20 years for a Q&A discussion about A24’s upscaled premiere of Stop Making Sense, which celebrated the 40th anniversary of the live album of the same name.

Explaining that he “sensed there were no shows happening, so I didn’t make an offer”, when he tried to approach the band and their representatives about performing at Coachella, Paul insisted that he didn’t broach payments with the band. A source close to Coachella revealed that Talking Heads could have earned $10 million if they had taken the stage at the festival.

He wasn’t the only one interested in a Talking Heads reunion... Live Nation told the band they were willing to pay them $80 million to headline six to eight festivals and accompanying gigs which the band declined.

Since they disbanded in 1991, the only other time the four members of the group shared the stage was in 2002, for their induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

American rock band Paramore has just released their cover of Burning Down The House, which will appear on an upcoming Talking Heads tribute album.



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