David Byrne’s Rock Opera About Imelda

Enamored by the eclectic, if not delusional, wife of former President Marcos of the Philippines,- David Byrne teamed up with Fat Boy Slim to pen Here Lies Love, a rock opera about none other than the mother of shoes – Imelda.

Enamored by the eclectic, if not delusional, wife of former President Marcos of the Philippines,- David Byrne teamed up with Fat Boy Slim to pen Here Lies Love, a rock opera about none other than the mother of shoes – Imelda.  Her reputation has been shrouded in controversy, at times plain hate,  yet what most don’t know is that Imelda loved disco, often frequenting Studio 54 on her countless visits to the New York; she even had a disco installed at Malacanyang Palace in Manila complete with a mirror ball.  Yet despite her reputation, in all of the 89 minutes of the 22 songs (which took 5 years to make) Byrne never mentions any of the 2,700 shoes that no doubt, if sold, could have fed a small hungry neighborhood by the palace.

Featuring up to 20 of today’s most exceptional voices including Martha Wainwright, Sharon Jones, Alice Russell, Cyndi Lauper, Sia, Florence & The Machine, Santigold and Roisin Murphy; the material is written by David Byrne with musical contributions from Fatboy Slim (Norman Cook) comprised of 2CDs, a DVD of 6 videos and a 120 page book with footnotes on the songs and background history.

[via DavidByrne.com]

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