The B-52’s have just announced their farewell tour. The band, who’ll be joined at various stops by either the Tubes or KC & The Sunshine Band, launch their final trek on August 22nd at Seattle’s McCaw Hall and wrap things up over two nights for hometown gigs on November 11th and 12th at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre.
The group is currently working with director Craig Johnson on the definitive documentary of their career, which is expected to see release next year.
The group addressed their final dates in a press release:
Kate Pierson: “Who knew what started as a way to have some fun and play music for our friends’ at house parties in Athens in 1977 would evolve into over 45 years of making music and touring the world. It’s been cosmic.”
Cindy Wilson: “It has been a wild ride, that’s for sure. We feel truly blessed to have had an amazing career encouraging folks to dance, sing along with us and feel they can be whomever they are with our music.”
Fred Schneider: “No one likes to throw a party more than we do, but after almost a half-century on the road, it’s time for one last blow-out with our friends and family. . . our fans. And with KC & The Sunshine Band and The Tubes on board, it’s going to be one hell of a farewell party at these concerts.”
JUST ANNOUNCED: The B-52’s tour dates (subject to change):
August 22 – Seattle, WA – McCaw Hall (with The Tubes)
September 29 – Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods Casino (with KC & The Sunshine Band)
September. 30 – Boston, MA – MGM Music Hall (with KC & The Sunshine Band)
October 1 – Washington, DC – The Anthem (with KC & The Sunshine Band)
October 7 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre (with KC & The Sunshine Band)
October 13, 14 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre (with KC & The Sunshine Band)
October 15 – Atlantic City, NJ – Ovation Hall at Ocean Casino (with KC & The Sunshine Band)
October 19, 21, 22 – Las Vegas, NV – The Venetian Theatre|
October 28, 29 – San Francisco, CA – The Masonic Auditorium (with The Tubes)
November 4 – Los Angeles, CA – YouTube Theater (with KC & The Sunshine Band)
November 11, 12 – Atlanta, GA – The Fox Theatre (with KC & The Sunshine Band)
SOURCE: Press release
DID YOU KNOW???
- Both the B-52’s and R.E.M. share a hometown of Athens, George.
- Kate Pierson is featured on vocals on three tracks on R.E.M.’s 1991 Out Of Time album: “Shiny Happy People,” “Near Wild Heaven,” and “Me In Honey.”
- In 2011, the B-52’s released its first live collection, called With The Wild Crowd! Live In Athens, GA.
- Highlights on the disc are: “Private Idaho,” “Roam,” “Cosmic Thing,” “Whammy Kiss,” “Cosmic Thing,” “Love Shack,” “Planet Claire,” and “Rock Lobster.
CHECK IT OUT: The B-52’s on July 25th, 1989 performing “Love Shack” on Late Night with David Letterman: