The B-52s Bring The Party To The Canyon Club

34 years after starting their band in Athens, GA, the B-52s still know how to bring the party…

…and, party they did.  From the moment they touched down on the Canyon Club stage, the wacky rock quartet had the drinks flowing and the frenetic crowd dancing at a jam packed Canyon Club.

The impact that the foursome of Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, Keith Strickland and Cindy Wilson has had on modern music, cannot be underestimated.  Whenever people get together to celebrate, you can be sure that you will hear either the new wave “Rock Lobster,” or the epic party anthem, “Love Shack.” Both were part of the nights groovy set.  There is a definite space for the Southern band’s style of music, which thrived in the 80’s and 90’s and survived the shoe-gazing and grunge eras.  The standing room only crowd at the Agoura club was testimony to the B-52s dedicated following.

Fans could be heard asking the club staff where the best place to stand with some room so they could dance was.  The B-52s soared through their old-school hits, like “Planet Claire” and “Private Idaho,” the center dance floor at the club, pulsating with bodies.  Pierson and Wilson traded their trademark harmonies back and forth, while Schneider was flowing in his trademark usual deadpan vocal style.

At one point during the night, Wilson shouted out, “You are all now members of the Dead Beat Club!” and the Cosmic Thing single was launched.  The band also played “Roam” and of course took the shin-dig to a whole other level when they played “Love Shack.”

The backing band of Tracy Wormworth (bass), Paul Gordon (keyboards), and Sterling Campbell (drums) layed down a soulful and funky groove that brought out the driving rhythms of the B-52s sound.  The Canyon Club was the perfect atmosphere and vibe to celebrate good times.  It was an electric night for a band whose music will be around as long as people keep having fun.

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Outside the Canyon Club in Agoura. Photo: JB Brookman

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Fred Schnider and the B-52s in their own Private Idaho. Photo: JB Brookman

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Fervent fans pack the Canyon Club. Photo: JB Brookman

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A B-52s fan extends his hand into the air in celebration. Photo: JB Brookman

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The B-52s in Agoura. Photo: JB Brookman

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The beautiful Kate Pierson of the B-52s in LA. Photo: JB Brookman

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The B-52s at the Canyon Club. Photo: JB Brookman

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Kate Pierson, a member of the Deadbeat Club. Photo: JB Brookman

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The lovely Cindy Wilson of the B-52s. Photo: JB Brookman

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The vocal foundation of the B-52s and their Love Shack style. Photo: JB Brookman

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Keith Strickland playing Roam. Photo: JB Brookman

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The B-52s Kate Pierson, keeping the party going. Photo: JB Brookman

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