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Re: B52s Interviews
« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2008, 05:22:37 PM »
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Re: B52s
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2008, 07:43:37 AM »
Talked to someone on the phone who saw them live last week (Stuttgart), said he liked it and they played for about 90 minutes (incl. 3 songs from the new album).
I hadn't heard anything from the new CD yet and didn't really know what to expect from the show as it was quite expensive, so I didn't wanna go...  :-\
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Re: B52s
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2019, 09:28:49 PM »
The B-52’s are calling it a day with a UK summer farewell tour

https://www.nme.com/news/music/the-b52s-splitting-uk-summer-farewell-tour-2467105
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« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2019, 02:41:56 PM »
My first gig in MONTHS was going to be Tim's in Derby on Friday, but I went to see the B52s last night. I've always had a soft spot for them, but not enough to pay the ridiculous price of £150 for a decent seat near the front. These were reduced to a third of the price on the day of the gig, so I couldn't resist that 'bargain'!

It was a strange sort of affair in some respects. For a start, everyone seemed to be middle-aged or older - I didn't see anyone younger than me there, but there were plenty of people ten or twenty years older. There was also an unusual three-way split in the audience with around one-third being very camp due to the band's big gay following, one-third being old punks and the remainder falling into neither of these groupings, but everyone must have been satisfied. If you were choosing a B52s 'greatest hits' setlist for their farewell tour (they aren't packing it in altogether, but this is their last major tour), it wouldn't be very far away from what they played. All the hits and better-known album tracks got an airing, and the backing band did a great job. Special mention must go to Greg Suran on guitar for his masterfully percussive approach to the songs. My personal favourites were Private Idaho, Roam, Planet Claire, 6060-842 (which Kate announced as a punk song) and, of course, Rock Lobster.

They all look older, but time has really only taken it's toll on some of Cindy's singing range. Fred always only really employed his Sprechgesang/Sprechstimme vocal style, but at 71, Kate's voice remains amazing.

Overall: 90 minutes of great fun with everyone on their feet from the moment the lights went down (£150 for a seat you don't sit on anyone?) to the end. They went down an absolute storm and, having already received several extended ovations during the show, Kate was moved to comment that they must come back to Nottingham!

9/10.

Setlist nicked from this review:

https://www.nottinghampost.com/whats-on/music-nightlife/b-52s-exhilarating-raucous-joyful-3048015

1 Private Idaho
2 Mesopotamia
3 Give Me Back My Man
4 Lava
5 Channel Z
6 Funplex
7 Legal Tender
8 52 Girls
9 Roam
10 Party Out Of Bounds
11 Cosmic Thing
12 Dance This Mess Around
13 Love Shack
 
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14 Planet Claire
15 6060-842
16 Rock Lobster
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Re: B52s
« Reply #8 on: July 04, 2019, 08:40:39 AM »
Nice one Fred, thanks for the review.
Just a few days ago, someone passed me in a B-52's t-shirt, it hit the eye because that does not happen too often round here!
(Also, by coincidence, on the Deborah Harry tape I found recently, there's the B-52's on the other side with "Cosmic Thing".)
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Re: B52s
« Reply #9 on: July 04, 2019, 10:32:58 PM »
Sind sie vom Planeten Claire gekommen?
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Re: B52s
« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2019, 08:15:43 AM »
Sind sie vom Planeten Claire gekommen?

It gets scary, how well Fred knows his German ("Sprechgesang" etc.)!  :o
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Re: B52s
« Reply #11 on: July 05, 2019, 09:47:12 AM »
Danke Gott für den Google Übersetzer!
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Re: B52s
« Reply #12 on: July 16, 2019, 10:10:41 PM »
'Everyone is welcome to the party!': the B-52s on 40 years of new wave

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2019/jul/16/the-b-52s-kate-pierson-love-shack
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