The B-52’s Open Farewell Tour

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The B-52’s, the new wave band that scored with such popular songs as “Love Shack” and “Rock Lobster” in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, have begun their farewell tour. The 2022 shows, many with KC and the Sunshine Band, began on August 20 with those two classics plus such favorites as “Private Idaho,” “Dance This Mess Around” and “Roam.” It continues into November.

The tour was first announced on April 26. Tickets are available here.

From their official bio on their website: Formed on an October night in 1976 following drinks at an Athens, Ga., Chinese restaurant, the band played their first gig at a friend’s house on Valentine’s Day 1977. Naming themselves after Southern slang for exaggerated “bouffant” hairdos, the newly christened B-52’s (Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, Keith Strickland, Cindy Wilson and Ricky Wilson) began weekend road trips to New York City for gigs at CBGB’s and a handful of other venues. Before long, their thrift store aesthetic and genre-defying songs were the talk of the post-punk underground.

A record deal soon followed and their self-titled debut disc, produced by Chris Blackwell, sold more than 500,000 copies on the strength of their first singles, the garage rock party classic “Rock Lobster,” and “52 Girls.” The B-52’s began to attract fans far beyond the punk clubs of the Lower East Side — galvanizing the pop world with their “stream-of-consciousness” approach to songwriting and outrageous performance.

Watch them perform “Love Shack” on Aug. 22 in Seattle, on the tour’s second night

Watch them do another favorite on opening night in Vancouver

Related: 10 songs that defined new wave music

The opening night’s set concluded with “Rock Lobster”

At the time of their greatest achievements, however, they suffered their greatest tragedy — the death in 1985 of guitarist Ricky Wilson from AIDS.

Keith, Kate, Fred and Cindy re-emerged with the Don Was/Nile Rodgers co-produced Cosmic Thing in 1989. The album proved to be the greatest commercial achievement for the group, and its success propelled the band to international superstars.

Cosmic Thing soared to #4 on the Billboard album chart, sold five million copies worldwide and yielded their first-ever top 10 hits — “Love Shack” and “Roam.” The B-52’s advanced their reputation as the greatest party band on the planet to a whole new generation of music fans, playing to sold-out audiences worldwide on a tour that would last more than 18 months.

Watch a vintage performance

In 2013, Strickland announced that he had made a decision to stop touring with the band. The group did a 40th anniversary tour in 2019.

The B-52’s Farewell Tour 2022 Dates (Tickets are available here and here)
Aug 20 – Vancouver, BC – PNE Amphitheatre
Aug 22 – Seattle, WA – McCaw Hall
Sep 29 – Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods Resort Casino
Sep 30 – Boston, MA – MGM Music Hall at Fenway
Oct 01 – Washington, DC – The Anthem
Oct 07 – Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre
Oct 08 – Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre
Oct 13 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
Oct 14 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
Oct 15 – Atlantic City, NJ – Ovation Hall at Ocean Casino Resort
Oct 19 – Las Vegas, NV – Venetian Theatre
Oct 21 – Las Vegas, NV – Venetian Theatre
Oct 22 – Las Vegas, NV – Venetian Theatre
Oct 28 – San Francisco, CA – The Masonic
Oct 29 – San Francisco, CA – The Masonic
Oct 30 – San Francisco, CA – The Masonic
Nov 04 – Inglewood, CA – YouTube Theater
Nov 05 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
Nov 11 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
Nov 12 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
Nov 13 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre

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