Saturday, January 29, 2011

Tom Tom Club Interview & Show @ Irving Plaza January 13

Son Jake with me, Tina Weymouth & Chris Frantz 
When sitting down with Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth before their show at Irving Plaza, it was definitely a challenge not to appear too star struck. They were gracious and professional during the Q&A, obviously having gone through the process many many times. As they recounted their history, it was also mine as well.

I was a huge Talking Heads fan back in the 80s and count their show at Forest Hills as a personal top ten. During this tour, a song from the Tom Tom Club was performed, a side project of this married couple as the dance hits "Genius of Love" along with "Wordy Rappinghood" were heard everywhere in New York City -- Danceteria, Limelight, Palladium... I even went to the premiere party of Stop Making Sense at the Ritz on my own as my new husband was working late. It was such a fun time to be in the city, as mentioned in the discussion. The move to suburbs for raising a family happened for all of us and I ran into various members of the band over the years. Other connections continued, from a friend living around the corner from them to my son playing a gig at a teen center with their son. Turns out I had son Jake come work the sound for the interview and my daughter Sadie took photos for my PopMatters post -- quite the family outing!

Here's my write up of the interview and review of the concert for here.