People Are Freaking Out About a Talking Heads Reunion Because of This Instagram Account
But the band have already clarified there will be no reunion
At present, the @talkingheadsofficial account bills itself as the "official" band presence on the platform, offering up a link to an online merch store. It does not feature a blue checkmark, commonly used by Instagram to distinguish verified accounts.
While no photos have been posted, the account has racked up over 16,000 followers as of press time, and only follows six other accounts belonging to Byrne, drummer Chris Frantz, guitarist/keyboardist Jerry Garrison, touring member Adrian Belew, Rhino Records and Byrne's American Utopia Broadway show.
UPDATE (12/12, 5:30 p.m. EST): Sorry, folks, David Byrne has stepped in to clarify there will be no Talking Heads reunion. Speaking to Rolling Stone about the Twitter account and the resulting rumours, Byrne said, "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." If that wasn't enough, Frantz and Tina Weymouth also shot the whole thing down, saying: "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]. 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."
"If there's actually a Talking Heads reunion I will lose my goddamn mind," one Twitter user wrote, while another suggested, "Talking Heads Summer Tour 2020 sounds so good."
You can find some reaction below.
On Reddit, a user claiming to be Harrison's manager, Adam LaRue, wrote, "We gained control of the Instagram account that was previously held by a squatter. There is no reunion."
The user also wrote that Talking Heads getting back together is "never happening. The Smiths have a better chance of a reunion."
Next year will also mark the 40th anniversary of Talking Heads' fourth album Remain in Light, and even if the reunion doesn't happen, Harrison already announced plans to celebrate alongside Belew and funk band Turkuaz with a series a shows earlier this month.
If there's actually a Talking Heads reunion I will lose my goddamn mind— gnarly rae jepsen (@lizmaebrooks) December 12, 2019
New Talking Heads Instagram account...— FȺɃƗȺN (@H0ldenM0rrissey) December 11, 2019
I may be jumping to conclusions but...when do the reunion tickets go on sale??? pic.twitter.com/n8lhIbfVnA
anyone who thinks David Byrne is going to attach himself to a Talking Heads reunion is delusional— Blake © ™ ® (@NeilNevins) December 12, 2019
Not to over react but imagine a Talking Heads reunion— Kevin Gordon (@kevgordon) December 11, 2019
No offense but if these Talking Heads reunion rumors are true I will become unhinged in 2020— Ben Sparaco (@BenSparacomusic) December 10, 2019
Praying to God this Talking Heads reunion buzz is real. One of my bucket list bands I thought I would never get to see.— Mark Ortega (@MarkEOrtega) December 10, 2019
don't you FUCKING tease me with rumors of a Talking Heads reunion— Jordan (@jmb22392) December 12, 2019
My wife, Tina Weymouth, is allowing me to say this about a potential Talking Heads reunion: Unconditionally it's happening, it's everything we hope it will be, and it's going to rule.— Chad 🅱️racket III (@thisalbumsucks) December 9, 2019
I wanna be excited for a potential Talking Heads reunion but then I remember their last couple records. And it being teased/announced on insta seems wrong somehow.— Stephen Lethbridge (@stephenleth) December 12, 2019
Can everybody stop talking about the Talking Heads instagram account. If we believe a Talking Heads instagram means a Talking Heads reunion, it means we have to believe the Smiths instagram means a Smiths reunion. And nobody wants that.— Frances Ha is a Christmas movie 🎄 (@LingoUnbound) December 12, 2019