The '80s powerhouse new-wavers the B-52's and the Pretenders have
announced plans to co-headline a two-month summer flashback tour,
beginning June 18 at the PNC Bank Amphitheater in Holmdel, N.J.
In addition, the reunited B-52's plan to release a 16-song greatest-hits
collection on May 26, Time Capsule: Songs For A Future Generation. It
will span the Athens, Ga., band's more than 20-year recording career and
include the new tracks "Debbie" and "Hallucinating Pluto." The group also
plans to record a complete album of new material, slated for a 1999 release.
"They've always had plans to reunite for an album of new material," said Bill
Bentley, vice president of media relations at Reprise Records. "This summer
seemed like the best time to put out a 'Best of' and do some other things. We're
really happy to have them do it, they've been meaning to do this for a while."
The 19 confirmed dates of the summer tour will feature original B-52's members
Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, Cindy Wilson and Keith Strickland, as well as
Tracy Wormwortth on bass, Charlie Treton on drums and Pat Urley on
keyboards. Ricky Wilson, another original member, died of AIDS in 1985.
Joining the B-52's on tour will be the gritty rock of the Chrissie Hynde-fronted
Pretenders, who -- like Schneider and company -- saw their greatest peaks
musically during the new-wave era of the '80s.
Perhaps best remembered for such quirky college hits as "Rock Lobster" and "Dance This Mess Around," and their mainstream pop breakthrough "Love
Shack," the B-52's became club favorites in the 1980s with their eminently
danceable songs and outlandish outfits.
B-52's fan Aaron Daniels, who maintains a B-52's website, had a few concerns
about the band's reunion tour.
"I am so thrilled that the B-52's are finally touring again, I just hope I don't go
into debt trying to see all the shows," Daniels wrote in an e-mail. "Aside from
their small "Flintstones" [for which they recorded the film's title song] promotion
in 1994, it's been six years since they've officially been on tour. I only hope this
isn't their last tour. The Pretenders are such a great pick for the B-52's to tour
with, I just hope they don't steal the show."
B-52's/Pretenders Tour Dates:
June 18; Holmdel, N.J., PNC Bank Amphitheater
June 19; Wantagh, N.Y., Jones Beach Theater
June 20; Mansfield, Mass., Great Woods
June 21; Saratoga Springs, N.Y., SPAC
June 26; Philadelphia, Pa., Mann Music Centre
June 27; Washington, D.C., To Be Announced
June 28; Virginia Beach, Va., Virginia Beach Amphitheater
July 4; Atlanta, Ga., Lakewood Amphitheater
July 16; Clarkston, Mich., Pine Ponds
July 17; Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Blossom Music Amphitheater
July 18; Tinley Park, Ill., World Amphitheater
July 19; Cadott, Wis., Chippewa Valley Music Festival
July 25; Dallas, Texas, Starplex Amphitheater
July 26; Dallas, Texas, Starplex Amphitheater
July 30; Denver, Colo., Fiddler's Green
Aug. 4; Universal City, Calif., Universal Amphitheater
Aug. 5; Universal City, Calif., Universal Amphitheater
Aug. 7; San Diego, Calif., Coors Amphitheater
Aug. 14; George, Wash., The Gorge