The B-52s

Photo by Pieter M. Van Hattem The B-52s


Sat., Aug. 12, 8 p.m. 2017

Location Info:

Pershing Square
532 S. Olive St.
Los Angeles, CA  90013
Forty years after their first show at a Valentine’s party, The B-52s continue to be an unashamedly fun, energetic band in concert. They’re still fronted by a triumvirate of three distinctly spacey and charismatic vocalists — with Fred Schneider’s punky, nasal barking contrasting the serene, otherworldly keening of Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson — but much of their onstage power comes from guitarist Keith Strickland. When Cindy’s guitarist-brother Ricky Wilson — the architect of the Athens, Georgia, group’s stop-and-start, funky sound — died in 1985, founding drummer Strickland moved over to guitar and became the primary composer of The B-52s’ music. It’s a shame that they haven’t released a new album since 2008’s Funplex, an underrated assortment of clever, catchy tunes such as “Juliet of the Spirits” and “Love in the Year 3000.”


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