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Because the band flies into Buenos Aires for any tour stop now, B-52s fans around the world are absorbing this news the Athens-birthed band is getting its 36-year bounds-impaired party for an finish. Over the past weekend, frontman Fred Schneider announced on Facebook that he’ll no more tour using the act following the band’s November. 13 show in Westbury, NY.
On her behalf Facebook page, Schneider’s longtime Atlanta-based bandmate and unofficial kid sister Cindy Wilson published this note to fans: “This isn’t intended to be a proper statement concerning the ending from the band. I do not think we’ve hashed it yet. However I support Fred 100%. Never be mad at him. We’re ending and I really want you all to understand just how much we understand the love and good occasions.”
Schneider’s announcement follows founding member Keith Strickland’s 2012 retirement in the road. Schneider switched 62 this summer time, bandmate Kate Pierson is 65, Strickland is 59 and Wilson, the infant from the group is 56.
Inside a text in my experience Monday, Schneider described that whenever greater than 3 . 5 decades of planes, trains, automobiles and lost luggage, he’s road weary: “I’ve been doing the work for 35 many I’m tired. It doesn’t mean we won’t do special projects and occasions.” He adds that Pierson and Wilson don’t intend to tour because the B’s without him and Strickland.
So, is that this truly the finish?
Longtime fans will observe that the B-52s is considered the most resilient bands in rock history. After an authentic 45 single of Rock Lobster was pressed up by Atlanta’s DB Recs in 1978, this guitar rock band signed to Warner Siblings Records. They operated underneath the mainstream radar for a lot of the 1970s and 1980s, releasing critically acclaimed, college radio friendly albums, including 1979’s The B-52’s, Wild Planet, Whammy!, an earlier dance remix project Party Mix along with a 1982 Air Mesopotamia created by David Byrne. Guitarist and co-founder Ricky Wilson was a victim of AIDS soon after this guitar rock band recorded the 1986 album Bouncing From the Satellites. Following a hiatus, Strickland learned guitar and also the band came back to writing and recording together. They wound up producing their greatest album up to now, 1989’s multi platinum-selling, Cosmic Factor, generating the hits Funnel Z, Roam, Deadbeat Club not to mention, Love Shack. Wilson left the audience after Cosmic Factor and Schneider, Pierson and Strickland soldiered on like a trio to record the 1992 follow-up Nutrients while singer Julee Cruise completed for Wilson on tour. But fans missed Wilson and Pierson’s inimitable harmonies and interlocking voices and Wilson came back over time to record a set of new songs for that act’s 1998 20-year retrospective Time Capsule: Songs For any Future Generation. This guitar rock band released Funplex, the B’s first new studio album in 16 years in 2008.
However in the age of pirated downloads, DIY YouTube singing sensations, streaming music, sparse album sales and waning commercial radio, most legacy functions nowadays generate the majority of their earnings via constant touring. Thankfully, the B’s have probably the most fan-friendly songbooks in rock background and their feel-good tunes can be a licensing goldmine for advertisers trying to achieve Seniors and Gen Xers. Target particularly used the band’s song Junebug inside a 2007 TV commercial campaign.
When requested what he want to tell fans who’ve adopted this guitar rock band for 35 years, Schneider cheekily texted: “It’s not over yet.”
Full disclosure: Schneider has recorded the narration for Sassafrass Johnson and the quest for a Forever Home, a brand new children’s book I co-authored with Schneider’s old friend and Atlanta resident Cathleen Cruz Bresciani.