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Tuesday, March 13 at 9:30 p.m. The B-52s with the Wild Crowd! Live in Athens, GA

Rochester, NY) - The B-52s with the Wild Crowd! Live in Athens, GA, was filmed in the B-52s’ hometown of Athens, Georgia in February 2011 at a show that commemorated the 34th anniversary of the band’s first-ever live show on Valentine’s Day 1977. Wig-wearing, boa-draped, glitter-covered fans came from near and far to celebrate this historic event, which saw the band deliver a sizzling set that turned Athens’ Classic Center into a cosmic dance hall. Filmed with eight cameras in stunning high definition and directed by Bruce Green, this brilliant live concert is sure to have viewers shimmying in their living rooms. The B-52s with the Wild Crowd! Live in Athens, GA premieres Tuesday, March 13 at 9:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV/HD (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11). Repeats Friday, March 17 at 10:30p.m. Viewers will learn more about the band's concert at CMAC on July 14th, how to get tickets, and meet the band.

A B-52s live show is always the best party in town, yet in front of their home crowd they turned it up even a notch higher, delivering high-spirited versions of fans’ favorites, including the classics “Love Shack,” “Rock Lobster,” “Roam,” “Give Me Back My Man,” “Funplex,” “Planet Claire,” “Private Idaho” and many more. With the Wild Crowd! is filled with all the excitement, fervor, and energy of a classic B-52s dance party, a showcase for the non-stop, high-octane force of a group that has never lost its youthful and dynamic energy. Marveling at the group’s longevity, Chuck Campbell of Scripps Howard News Service wrote: “Fans who hear With the Wild Crowd! will doubtless wish immortality on this uplifting band.”

The B-52s have always cut a wide path, from early college radio to '80s New Wave to the MTV era, from post-punk to retro-surf to the very core of dance music itself. Theirs is a body of work that is singular, beloved, and timeless, and band members Kate Pierson, Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland and Cindy Wilson can surely take credit for having influenced countless musicians and generations of fans. And yet, says Fred, “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.”

A B-52s concert experience leaves no doubt as to why they are known as “the world’s greatest party band.” And why, thirty-five years into their career with over twenty million albums sold, they remain one of rock music’s most unique and enduring bands. As they take their party-music revolution into the 21st century, the B-52s show no signs of slowing down, serving up their own unique blend of music and showmanship to millions of fans around the world.

Pictured: The B-52s clockwise from top left: Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, Keith Strickland and Cindy Wilson.


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