B-52's Hit Road With Pretenders

Bands that came from the '80s take their new and old tunes around the U.S. on co-headlining tour.

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