Citing COVID Concerns, Portland Guitarist Chuck Warda Quits Talking Heads Tribute

Like before ? Not really. Portland guitarist Chuck Warda announced that he had left Talking Heads tribute band Life During Wartime. A press release said he left due to creative differences and because of his refusal to perform indoors during the COVID-19 outbreaks.

“I met the love of my life through this group, so I will always be grateful for that,” Warda said. “But it’s time for me to move on and focus on the projects that really enlighten me. You can only devote a certain amount of time and energy to a tribute band.

Warda last performed with Life During Wartime on July 21 at the Northwest String Summit in North Plains. An appearance at the Oregon Country Fair led to speculation that he might reunite with the band, but Warda reiterated that he was moving on.

Life in War is perhaps best known for its passion for Jonathan Demme’s 1984 concert film Talking Heads Stop making sense, the hyperkinetic fantasy that featured David Byrne doing tricks on stage, wearing an oversized white suit and generally reveling in glorious musical madness. Life During War was born out of a desire to create a “mini-version” of the film, complete with props and costumes.

Post-Life During the war, Warda (a graduate of the Hartford Music Conservatory) will be working on a new project called Hamasha, for which he will perform multi-instrumental EDM live. And he’s still a member of many other bands, including Dirt Twirlers, Warda & Kilo, and The kings of karaoke.

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