Date: July 15, 2013
City: San Francisco, CA
Venue: The Fillmore
Artist: The B-52s
Opening Act(s): n/a
The B-52s’ music has always been a lot of fun. “Love Shack” was played at almost every frat party I went to when I was in college. Everyone would be on the dance floor having a good time. I was hoping for the same vibe at this show. Despite a late start (1 hour after time on ticket and no opener) that was exactly what I got.
They started the show with “Planet Claire”. I had never realized that Kate Pierson sang the “Ahhhahhahhahh” parts of this song that sound like a synthesizer. That is talent. The crowd immediately started dancing. The show continued with “Mesopotamia”, “Private Idaho” and others. Kate and Fred Schneider left the stage for Cindy Wilson to perform “Girl From Ipanema Goes to Greenland” solo. There were a couple of cracks in her voice but overall what an amazing job.
Both Kate and Cindy had their signature bouffant hairdos as did a few look-a-likes in the audience. Their pre-encore show closer was “Love Shack”. The audience shouted out “Bang bang” and “Tin roof, rusted” at the top of their lungs, of course. When The B-52s returned to the stage for their encore, they performed a couple more songs and then closed out the show with “Rock Lobster”.
Sadly the show did not sell out and there was no poster after the show. I would have hoped that because The B-52s are legendary that The Fillmore would have printed a poster anyway.