“Girl on Fire” ALICIA KEYS Soon to be “Burning Down The House” with TALKING HEADS’ Frontman DAVID BYRNE
Not even decades apart can time separate something as universal as music or art, and life will soon echoing:
Close enough but not too far,
Maybe you know where you are
Fightin’ fire with fire, huah
All wet, hey you might need a raincoat
Shakedown, dreams walking in broad daylight
Three hundred, sixty five degrees
Burning down the house
In an uncanny and ironic twist of fate, [the] “Girl on Fire” (Alicia Keys) will be joining musical forces with 2002 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee-“Burning Down the House” frontman (David Byrne) of the 80s group called The Talking Heads.
The two will be performing for the annual Black Ball fundraiser for Alicia’s charity: (KCA) Keep a Child Alive, which since inception, has raised more than $18 million dollars for children and families in African who are affected by the countries HIV/Aids epidemic.
Byrne, who has released six solo LPs between 1989 and 2004, has been collaborating with various artists, wrote a stage play with Fatboy Slim’s Norman Cook, and too, contributed to two songs on Anna Calvi most recent EP.
He said that when organizers for the event asked if he would like to be involved with Alicia’s event (and performing with her), he immediately said “yes” and was “flattered and excited.”
Keys, said to be a long-time fan of Byrne’s, referred to this pairing of theirs [as] “an honor,” and stated, “I’ve always been inspired by David Byrne and his ability to combine music and art. We have been talking about his new music and what we’re going to perform and just the thought of it is amazing!”
This is Alicia’s 10th Black Ball event where past performers have included the likes of Bono, Sade, Jay Z, Baaba Maal and Sade.
As with Byrne, (this year) Alicia has performed with other artists (past and present) like David Bowie, Pharrell, and Adele.