It’s March Musical Madness—The B-52’s on PBS
If you’re lucky enough to catch the B-52’s in concert, you probably won’t see them in outrageous costumes and hairstyles. But if that’s what you’re looking for, you need only check out the audience.
The B-52’s with the Wild Crowd! Live in Athens, GA will be seen in March (beginning March 3) on PBS stations as part of March’s special programming. Athens is the band’s hometown and this performance was filmed in February 2011 to commemorate the 34th anniversary of their first-ever live show. Three decades have not diminished the iconic group's eccentric, unique style which Fred Schneider describes: “We just did our own thing, which was a combination of rock ‘n roll, funk, and Fellini, and game show host, and corn, and mysticism.”
Audience members attended the concert wrapped in feather boas, wearing mile-high pink hair and pound upon pound of sparkles, and accenting their look with cat’s eye glasses and other accessories the B-52’s popularized among their cult of followers.
Viewers must be patient until the last quarter of the program to hear “Rock Lobster” and “Love Shack,” both worth the wait. Other songs performed include: “Roam,” “Give Me Back My Man,” “Funplex,” “Planet Claire,” and “Private Idaho.” Band members Kate Pierson, Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland, and Cindy Wilson may—like their fans—be marked by some of the effects of time, but their show in Athens is dynamic and high-energy.