Over three decades back Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, Keith Strickland and the Wilson siblings – Cindy and Ricky – formed the B 52s. Thanks to a record deal with Warner Bros the small town group has been able to give fun dance-rock songs since the late seventies. The B 52s know how to engage an audience, this is why they have been named “The World’s Greatest Party Band”. Although Keith no longer tours with the B 52s, Fred, Kate and Cindy will be touring the west coast this summer. Make sure to catch them live in action and purchase B 52s tickets now!
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The B 52s
At the start of their career the B 52s were a low key band that performed at local clubs in their hometown Athens, Georgia. However this changed when they started playing at Max’s Kansas City and CBGB’s – both famous music clubs – in New York City. As a result the B 52s developed a strong, loyal fan base. Even after all these years the band members are as energetic and bubbly as they were back when they started off.
B 52s Image
The B 52s are not only popular for their music but also their quirky and eclectic sense of style. Their mini-skirts, go-go boots usage of toy instruments and demonstration of dance moves during performances has led to the formation of a B 52s cult. Often times you will see the band members dressed in outrageous leopard-print costumes with boas and string lights wrapped around them. The B 52s are not sorry for party rocking.Their flamboyant costumes are an integral part of their image.
Their uniqueness is also exhibited in their songs which tend to be about space and aliens (among other interesting topics).
B 52s’ self-titled debut disk was released in 1979 and sold five hundred thousand copies. The hit singles “Red Lobster” and “52 Girls” on the album guaranteed their success in the music community. In 1908 “Wild Planet” peaked at number eighteen on music charts. Songs from this record also appeared as remixed versions on other B 52s albums.
Unfortunately 1985 was a bad year for the band as they suffered the loss of their drummer Ricky Wilson (he died battling AIDS). Ricky’s death affected everyone. Consequently the band decided to take a break. After a four year hiatus the B 52s returned with a bang. Their album “Cosmic Thing” went double-platinum. Some of B 52s’ most famous tracks – “Deadbeat Club”, “Love Shack” and “Roam” – were featured on this album. Following their success they were asked to record “(Meet) the Flintstones” for “The Flintstones” movie adaptation.
Past/Recent Shows and tickets
The B 52s have and always will be a live band. They have played to sold-out audiences worldwide on a tour that lasted eighteen months (including an Earth Day gig in New York City’s Central Park that was attended by 750,000 people).
Recently the B 52s hosted a hometown party to celebrate their thirty five-year anniversary. Concert goers were reminded of B 52s greatness. Schneider’s and Pierson’s voices along with Wilson’s swagger took the audience back to the seventies. No wonder rock legends Kurt Cobain and John Lennon were huge B 52s fans!
If you’re in the mood to listen to classic hits like “Rock Lobster”, “Love Shack” and “Roam” then the B 52s are the band for you. Their retro-styled rock and roll dance-friendly rhythms will have you grooving even if you’re a stranger to their music. Experience an exhilarating B 52s performance by purchasing B 52s tickets now!