"If you think you see David Byrne cycling around Wellington or Auckland this weekend you'll probably be right.
The former Talking Heads frontman is in the middle of a world tour and is taking in what sights he can between shows from his trusty bike.
The tour follows the release of Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, an album created with producer-composer Brian Eno, who worked with Byrne on several albums including three by the Talking Heads."
How cool is that.
He says he remembers taking some time out to visit Rotorua and walk the Tongariro Crossing here in 2005, but the touring machine this time around is more restrictive -- and expensive.
"I'm paying the salaries of 17 people. So I can say `let's do some sight-seeing', but for every day I sight-see I'm paying salaries for all those people just so I can visit the beach."
He also remembers early Talking Heads tours here, but admits his touring attitude has changed since then.
"Maybe I was just younger, but there was more partying at night after the shows and then just sleeping it off the next day. So I tended not to see as much."
"It's more civilised now," he says. "I travel with a bicycle, so I can get around various towns on my own."
He was pleasantly surprised to be able to get out and about on the footpaths of Tokyo during a recent tour stop-off there.
"If you do that in New York they yell at you, but it is accepted in Tokyo. You just have to weave in amongst the grandmothers and businessmen."
His affinity with cycling appears to have also rubbed off in other areas of his artistic self.
Byrne says he came up with some designs for bicycle racks which have a different take on the standard range.
He sent sketches to the local transport authority in New York city and they said they would put them up if he was prepared to pay to have them made.
He did so and they now offer New Yorkers a funky bicycle parking alternative.
He's not going to pursue it as a commercial venture, as doing so would soon send him broke, but art design is an ongoing passion.
via Bike Portland
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