Tom Tom Club reschedules to Friday, Feb. 12
In the 1970s, when Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth made their introductions at the Rhode Island School of Design, they were very intent on becoming well-known “artists.” They got their wish, but not as they expected.
Frantz and Weymouth met at the renowned Providence design school at a time when both were aspiring artists of the oil-on-canvas variety. Instead, the multitalented couple — who eventually married, came to live in Fairfield and had two sons — became professional musicians, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
Their lives have been extraordinary and successful as members of the Talking Heads and as founders of the Tom Tom Club — Weymouth noted for her wizardry on bass guitar and Frantz for his drum and percussion work. (Self-taught for the most part, Frantz, 64, is considered by many as among the greatest rock drummers of all time.)
“And now we’re enjoying the fruits of our labor,” said Frantz, laughing, during a recent telephone chat.
By that he means lots of globe-trotting for pleasure to such spots as Morocco, New Orleans, Barcelona and France’s Brittany region, in which Weymouth’s heritage is rooted. They also have the leisure to perform for causes and organizations they support. One of those causes is the nonprofit Fairfield Theatre Co., which for one night only will reunite the Tom Tom Club for a “We Built the Warehouse” party. The Tom Tom Club has not performed together for about two years as members became more involved in diverse projects.
But on Saturday, Jan. 23, the gang comes together again, with Weymouth on guitar and vocals; Frantz on drums and vocals; Victoria Palagy on vocals and guitar; Bruce Martin on keyboards, percussion and vocals and Pablo Martin on guitar. The couple’s son Robin, also known as “Kid Ginseng,” will be responsible for turntables and samples.
Frantz said the Tom Tom Club will perform “our most well-known hits” — “Genius of Love” and “Wordy Rappinghood” — as well as a couple of Talking Heads’ hits, including “Psycho Killer” and “Take Me to the River.”
“We’ve had such a good rapport with FTC over the years, performing there (in the 250-seat StageOne) many times. We’re honored that we’ve been asked” to officially christen the recently completed open-space Warehouse, which can accommodate about 640 seats, depending on the concert.
“Tina and I have been in Fairfield for about 30 years, and we remember a time when downtown Fairfield offered virtually nothing” at night. “Now we have lots of restaurants and a great venue like the FTC, which is positive for the town and the region.”
By helping out, “we can do good for the community, good for FTC and good for ourselves,” he added.
On Saturday, Feb. 6, Frantz and Weymouth will return to the FTC to perform with other local musicians at a fundraiser for the Kennedy Center’s programs that help those with disabilities and special needs.
In an announcement, FTC said that in order to complete the Warehouse, the theater and the community worked together to raise funds and “made history.” The party “is an opportunity for us to come together with all of you who shared the vision and provided the financial backbone for this amazing performing arts venue.”
It is also an opportunity to celebrate with the Tom Tom Club, whose members have become “an integral part of the FTC family and community over the years,” thus turning this “celebration into an epic party.”
Fairfield Theatre Co. Warehouse, 170 Sanford St., Fairfield. Saturday, Jan. 23. Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8. General admission $95. Seating is on a limited first-come, first-served basis. All others will stand. 203-259-1036, fairfieldtheatre.org