With Shadowland, the tours since 2010 formed a trilogy, the concept being life in reverse. Talking Light focused on death and ghosts, Wonder of Weird on sex and life, and Shadowland was concerned with birth and reincarnation.
Unlike the previous shows, Shadowland did not have a narrative running throughout. Indeed, apart from introducing the band and explaining the concept at the beginning, the only word Randy spoke (that were not part of songs) was "Shadowland," which was how he introduced the video segments.
In January of 2016, Charles Bobuck announced his plans step away from the touring side of The Residents. His last performance with the group was at SXSW, where the documentary film Theory of Obscurity premiered. In later performances he was replaced by a new member, Rico.