David Byrne Lays Into U2 for Their Extravagant World Tour, Calls It "Overkill"
Published Jul 28, 2009Opinionated man-about-town David Byrne has been calling a lot of people on their B.S. lately. First, we found out he dissed Paris Hilton in his upcoming bike book. Now, he's laid into U2 for their extravagant, earth-raping world tour.
In a post on his blog, the Talking Head voiced his frustration with the Irish rockers, saying, "Those stadium shows may possibly be the most extravagant and expensive (production-wise) ever: $40 million to build the stage and, having done the math, we estimate 200 semi trucks crisscrossing Europe for the duration. It could be professional envy speaking here, but it sure looks like, well, overkill, and just a wee bit out of balance given all the starving people in Africa and all."
And apparently Byrne isn't the only one pissed about U2's tour. Today a few dozen angry protestors in Dublin put the squeeze on the travelling roadshow when they picketed the stadium U2 just played in the city and prevented parts of the stage from being removed.
According to a report from the Guardian, the Dubliners were upset at the 24-7 chaos that followed U2's performance, involving workers taking almost two days and nights of non-stop activity to remove the elaborate stage set-up with up to 100 trucks passing back and forth along the city's narrow streets.
To get back to Byrne, though, he did admit that his frustration may also be stemming from a personal beef, saying, "Maybe it's the fact that we were booted off our Letterman spot so U2 could keep their exclusive week-long run that's making me less than charitable? Take your pick - but thanks, guys!"