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The B-52s is an American rock band, formed in
Athens, Georgia in 1976. The group consisted of Fred Schneider
(percussion, vocals), Cindy Wilson (vocals), Kate Pierson (keyboards,
vocals), Ricky Wilson (guitar), and Keith Strickland (drums). Rooted in
New Wave and 1960s rock and roll, the group later covered many genres
ranging from post-punk to pop rock. The "guy vs. gals" vocals of
Schneider, Pierson, and Wilson, sometimes used in call and response
style ("Strobe Light," "Private Idaho", and "Good Stuff"), are a
trademark. Presenting themselves as a positive, enthusiastic, slightly
oddball party band, the B-52s tell tall tales, glorify wild youth, and
celebrate wild romance. The band name had long been "The B-52's", until
2008 when they dropped the apostrophe and are now "The B-52s".
On February 18, 2011 the B-52s played a special 34th Anniversary show at
the Classic Center in their hometown of Athens, Georgia. The show took
place 4 days after the 34th anniversary date of their first-ever show,
Feb. 14, 1977. The show was filmed and recorded for a forthcoming DVD
and CD release.
The B-52s are still steadily playing 50-60 live shows a year, the
setlist ranging from tracks on Funplex to their greatest hits and songs
never played live before (such as Bouncing off the Satellites ' "Wig").
The touring band includes musicians Sterling Campbell (drums), Paul
Gordon (keyboards, guitar) and Tracy Wormworth (bass).