Influential, multi-platinum selling new wave band The B-52s will stop at KettleHouse Amphitheater for a live concert on August 8, 2019 during their 40th Anniversary World Tour. They’ll be joined by special guests OMD and Berlin.
“No novelty, the B-52s may be the most subversive band America ever gave us…Campy? Yes. Colorful? Yes. Fun? Very much so. But none of this should take away from their value as vanguards”- Salon
Selling over 20 million albums worldwide, The B-52s have quietly impacted alternative music, fashion, and culture over the course of four-plus decades. They count John Lennon, Madonna, James Murphy, and Michael Stipe among their disciples. Panic! At The Disco, Blood Orange, The Offspring, Pitbull, Roger Sanchez, and DJ Shadow have sampled classics from the bandʼs discography as Seth MacFarlaneʼs Family Guy, The Simpsons, Sugarland, and more offered up covers of their own.
They inched towards the forefront of the post-punk movement in America codified by 1979ʼs self-titled The B-52s. Not only did the record go gold, but it also placed at #152 on Rolling Stoneʼs “500 Greatest Albums of All Time” and #99 on VH1ʼs “Greatest Albums of All Time.” The gold-selling Wild Planet arrived hot on its heels in 1980. With Keith brilliantly filling the void in with music composition and live show guitar duties, 1989ʼs watershed Cosmic Thing elevated the B-52s to another galaxy altogether. It moved 5 million-plus units and spawned a string of Top 10 smashes in the form of the GRAMMY.-nominated “Roam” and “Love Shack”—which Rolling Stone lauded on the “500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”
“Who knew that when we played our first house dance party in Athens, Georgia in 1976 that we would be still be rocking the house in 2019!” says vocalist Kate Pierson. Adds fellow vocalist Cindy Wilson, “Visiting over 10 countries to perform for our fans around the globe makes us so incredibly happy. Let’s rock!” Front man Fred Schneider gives fair warning, “Woo-hoo! Europe and then all over North America! Dust off those go-go boots and shine your dancing shoes because the B-52s are coming!”
“From the very beginning, the B-52s were an undeniably great live act” Pitchfork
Tickets go on sale Friday, April 12th at 10AM at The Top Hat, online or by phone at 1 (800) 514-3849. Logjam presale tickets will be available Apr. 11 (details below). General admission standing pit tickets, reserved stadium seating tickets and general admission lawn tickets are available. Shuttle and parking tickets for this event are also available for advance purchase here. All ages are welcome.
Logjam Presents is proud to partner with Montana Trout Unlimited so that $1 from every ticket sold to KettleHouse Amphitheater events will go to the Blackfoot River Fund – a dedicated fund to conserve and protect the beautiful Blackfoot River. More info on the Blackfoot River Fund and its efforts can be found here.