Talking Heads Apparently Turned Down $80 Million for a Brief Reunion Tour

And you may say to yourself, "My God, what have I done?"

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BY Megan LaPierrePublished Jan 31, 2024

It was undeniably one of the biggest music events of 2023 when A24 released their 4K restoration of Talking Heads' seminal 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense, and the band reunited for the first time since 2002 to do a Q&A at the TIFF world premiere — and the reverberations continue into 2024 with today's announcement of a star-studded tribute album, Everyone's Getting Involved: A Tribute to Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense.

After the awkward, funny and wholesome reunion of the quartet at the Toronto event, it seemed like it might be natural for David Byrne, Jerry Harrison, Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth to take their reunion to the stage, despite not exactly being on the best of terms (they're speaking now, at least!) and not having toured in 40 years.

Sorry to burn down that house, but sources now tell Billboard that Talking Heads turned down an $80 million USD offer from Live Nation for a six-to-eight-show reunion tour featuring both festival performances and headlining concerts. 

Coachella was reportedly also interested in booking them for this year, with the festival's curator and Goldenvoice president Paul Tollett telling the publication that he travelled to Toronto for the TIFF screening and met with a member of the band and one of their representatives. However, he “sensed there were no shows happening," and refrained from making an offer.

Both No Doubt and Sublime (fronted by the late Jakob Nowell's son) will be reuniting at the 2024 edition of Coachella. Billboard estimates that the latter are being paid around $10 million for their pair of reunion sets over the festival's two weekends in April — but no further No Doubt performances should be anticipated for 2024, as frontwoman Gwen Stefani has show commitments and new solo music planned.

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