The B-52s orbited into Seneca Allegany Casino Sunday evening and brought their famous dance party with them much to the delight of the crowd. The band from Athens, Georgia featured the usual suspects with Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson front and center on vocals. Keith Strickland was on lead guitar augmented by touring members keyboardist, guitarist Paul Gordon and bassist Tracy Wormworth. Rounding out the band was drummer Sterling Campbell. Campbell who has been with the B-52s for the past few years also cut his teeth by playing with Cyndi Lauper, Duran Duran, Soul Asylum and drummed on David Bowie’s final two tours.
The band started things off without a hitch but by the third song the crowd congregated to the front area by the stage and stayed their throughout the show. The band nary missed a beat as they tore through all the songs one would expect to hear. Fred Schneider left the stage as Kate took the crowd through the “Roam” which got the biggest pop of the night followed by “52 Girls”. Schneider returned to the stage for “Love In The Year 3000” a cut taken from their most recent release 2008s Funplex. The evening was not complete until the band lit into their best known tune “Loveshack”. Followed by a trip to “Planet claire” the band closed with their first-ever hit “Rock Lobster”.
Unless you follow the band closely, most in the audience never would guess how long the band has been around for as they played with a youthful vigor that some bands half their age wish they could perform with. It was definitely a party, B-52s style.
Special Thanks to Tony Astran who made this review possible!