Before rumors of an impending Talking Heads reunion gather too much steam, guitarist Jerry Harrison and drummer Chris Frantz are quick to put them to bed.
Reached by email, Harrison said, simply, “the rumor is false” when probed about a Mediamass report that the band has recorded as many as eight songs and is planning a 2017 world tour. Harrison provided no other comment to BlastEcho. Later, Frantz added via text, “I wish it were true. It should be happening but [frontman] David [Byrne] is holding out.”
The Talking Heads are one of only a few powerhouse bands who’ve disbanded and stayed that way. In the past all members of the band, but Byrne, have been receptive to a reunion; Byrne, however, prefers to concentrate on his solo career, telling a U.K. paper seven years ago “I’m not keen [on a reunion] and it’s unlikely to happen. I don’t need the money badly enough.”
The band hasn’t played as a unit since a three-song set at their Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2002. They officially disbanded in 1991.