For a band formed on a lark following a drunken jam session at Chinese restaurant in 1976, The B-52s have found great commercial and critical success. Best known for its new wave sound in songs like Rock Lobster and Love Shack, The B-52s have flexed their musical muscle to include the post-punk era of New York’s famed CBGB club and the pop-rock playlist of FM radio. The group, whose name comes from a particular beehive hairdo that resembles the nosecone of a B-52 bomber, first found success in 1978 when Rock Lobster became an underground hit. John Lennon even credited the song with bringing him out of retirement. Encouraged by the possibility of greater success, the five-piece band headed for New York City, where they mixed with alternative rock royalty like The Talking Heads and Blondie. Greater success eluded the band, however, and when guitarist Ricky Wilson died of AIDS in 1985, The B-52s disbanded. Two years later, they reunited and launched a series of party-oriented dance hits, including Channel Z, which hit number one on the alternative charts, and Love Shack and Roam, both of which reached number three on the pop charts.
The success of The B-52s recorded work led to bigger tours, where fans discovered that their over-the-top approach and call-and-response vocal stylings were perfect for the big stage. For the next sixteen years, The B-52s didn’t put out a record, preferring to tour and make occasional TV and movie appearances. Aside from their 2008 album Funplex, this alternative band from Athens, Georgia, has stayed out of the studio, preferring to bring its fun and energetic music to audiences on the road. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for B-52s Tickets.
B-52s 2015 North American Tour
The B-52s are spending the winter of 2015 through this fall on the road doing what they do best: turning concert halls into new wave party venues. The World’s Greatest Party will be playing several songs from their recent recently concert album Live! 8-24-1979, including Rock Lobster and Dance This Mess Around. They’re hitting cities from coast to coast, stopping at a few legendry rooms like the Hollywood Bowl and the former Fillmore in New York City, as well as more intimate theaters, performing arts centers, and casinos. Other bands taking the stage with them in 2015 have included The Psychedelic Furs and Tears for Fears, though not routinely, as the B-52s lengthy and energetic show can hold an audience’s attention the entire night. The B-52s tour is set to conclude in Atlanta, near their hometown of Athens, Georgia, with a frightful Halloween fun fest. The high-energy band with the playful lyrics and frolicking stage antics should have fans up on their feet dancing to additional tour staples like Love Shack, Funplex and Party Out of Bounds. Fans hoping to party with this band up close should get their B-52s tickets early because it’s hard not to want to party with the World’s Greatest Party Band.