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Talking Heads will reunite in Toronto next month–but it’s not quite what you think.

Talking Heads never really broke up. After the Naked album in 1988, they just sort of…evaporated. There was no announcement, no farewell, no nothing. All four members of the band are fortunately still with us which means hope springs eternal for a possible return.

There’s no real motivation to get back together. David Byrne is off doing his multimedia autodidact thing. Jerry Harrison continues to produce records and work in film. Tina Weymouth and Chris Franz, married since 1977, are living in Connecticut.

But check the window. Let me know if you see pigs flying by, too.

Talking Heads will get together for the first time in 21 years at the Toronto International Film Festival. No one is expecting them to play, but all four will participate in a Q&A conducted by Spike Lee.

The last proper Talking Heads concert was in New Zealand on February 6, 1984, not counting the time David Byrne and Jerry Harrison showed up at a Tom Tom Club show (Tina and Chris’ band) in 1989.

The last time all four were in the same room was when the band was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. They did play together, too.

So why now? There’s a new 40th anniversary edition of Stop Making Sense, the Jonathan Demme-directed film that’s one of the top three concert movies of all time.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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