The B-52′s have been hailed as the world’s best party band, and they lived up to the billing tonight. The tour was a double bill with The Pretenders but the B-52′s were slotted last. They were promoting a greatest hits set (the band’s latest studio effort was 1995′s Good Stuff which is already on the bargain shelf). Cyndi Wilson is back sharing harmonies with Kate Pierson, which is a good thing. Their particular vocal chemistry makes a huge difference, along with Keith Strickland’s guitar licks and whatever the hell Fred Schneider does.
The band invited a handful of fans to dance and bop on stage with them. Most of the stuff sounded like it came straight from the studio, but a off kilter version of Roam left a bad taste in my mouth, quickly vanquished by such classic tunes as Channel Z and Private Idaho. The two new tracks, Debbie and Hallucinating Pluto, fit right in.