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The B-52's Announce 40th Anniversary World Tour With Berlin & OMD
GRAMMY-nominated new wave group The B-52's have announced a 2019 world tour to celebrate the 40 years since their debut album, kicking things off at SunFest music festival in Florida on May 4 and wrapping up on Sept. 24 in New York.
The B-52's also revealed plans to release their first-ever written authorized history, via Da Capo Press/Hachette Books, in 2020. Furthermore, they shared that a documentary is in the works, to be executive produced by Fred Armisen and directed by Craig Johnson.
The B-52's 40th Anniversary Tour includes a handful of festival dates in the U.S. and Europe, along with global headline dates. Following their first three fest performances in the U.S. in May, the group jumps over to Europe for June and July.
On Aug. 1, they will play in Costa Mesa, Calif., with headline show across North America, including a Sept. 7 date in their home state of Georgia. While a press release says more dates can be "expected to be added in the future," for now they will close out on Sept. 24 at Summerstage in N.Y.C.'s Central Park.
"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!" vocalist Kate Pierson said in a press release.
"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!" frontman Fred Schneider added.
Schneider, Pierson, Cindy Wilson, Keith Strickland and the late Ricky Wilson formed The B-52's in 1976 in Athens, Ga. and released their self-titled debut album in 1979. It was with 1989's Cosmic Thing, which features the GRAMMY-nominated party classic "Love Shack," that the band really took off.
Following a 16-year break, the group reunited to record and release their last studio album, 2008's Funplex.
Tickets for the non-festival tour dates go on sale this Fri., April 12 at 10:00 a.m. local time; more info and complete dates can be found on the band's site.