Wednesday, March 06, 2013

The B-52s and Go-Go's Announce Summer Tour Stops

Via The B-52s Facebook page:
Alright alright alright alright alright! Get ready to shake it like a Polaroid picture [sic] because we'll be heading out this June and July for a double party bill with our friends The Go-Go's !! Here’s a peek at the cities... keep watching this space and for more details on dates, pre-sales and VIP tickets! ♥ ♥

* New York, NY
* Hyannis, MA
* Boston, MA
* Cincinnati, OH
* Anderson, IN
* Chicago, IL
* Marysville, WA
* Portland, OR
* Saratoga, CA
* Tuscon, AZ
* Scottsdale, AZ

We'll also have additional dates beyond this tour... Port Chester, NY., Philly, Newport, R.I., Vancouver, Costa Mesa, CA., Del Mar, CA. and ATLANTA... we're comin' your way also! Stay tuned!
God knows I still love seeing the Go-Go's -- and lots of other '80s bands -- live. But something about the B-52s -- with their zany lyrics and crazy wigs -- gives me pause as I approach AARP status. I saw them twice in their heyday -- once with Ricky Wilson, once without -- but pulled away once Cindy pulled away during the dreadful "Good Stuff" period. Even when she returned to the fold, I passed -- and with news that Keith Strickland has retired from touring, I'm more ambivalent than ever about getting back together ... thoughts?


B-ware said...

Unfortunately, I agree 100% on the B's. They were my favorite band in high school. I saw them with Ricky and have seen them through the years in various iterations. Two things have happened: (1) As you point out, they have aged but their shtick has not and (2) (which is worse) "Love Shack," which draws a crowd equivalent to what I imagine Jimmy Buffet draws- -aging, trying-too-hard "party people." I left early when I last saw them (at Chicago's House of Blues) because it was kind of sad. For a long time now, their best songs live were from the first 2.5 albums.

Anonymous said...

i disagree. i saw them in 08 and thought they sounded great and put on a really fun show. yeah, the crowd is older and heavier - and so are they - but it was still a party-like atmosphere with lots of booze and good music!

James Greenlee said...

Both bands are guilty of apostrophe abuse, but the B-52s fixed it, apparently.

Sean said...

I have probably seen the B's 7 or 8 times and I really liked their last album Funplex, but without Keith I think they might need to hang it up. The gals are still great, but Fred just seems to be phoning it in.

Anonymous said...

I saw the Bs on their tour for Funplex...they were great. JUST GO.