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B-52s Lengthen Las Vegas Residency, Vocalist Fred Schneider Secures Spot in Punk Rock Museum Exhibit
An welcoming announcement came from the B-52s, revealing the extension of their vibrant Vegas residency hosted at the renowned Venetian. Famed for their timeless ’80s hits like “Rock Lobster,” “Private Idaho,” and the unforgettable “Love Shack,” the band will be wrapping up their initial 10-show run at the Venetian Theater on September 3. However, the joy doesn’t end there, as they are set to enchant the audience once again with five additional performances on April 12, 13, 17, 19, and 20 in the year 2024.
Residency Follows the Grand Finale of the “Final Tour Ever of Planet Earth”
The revelation of the Vegas residency followed closely after the culmination of the band’s “Final Tour Ever of Planet Earth,” which took them through 11 cities and concluded in January. Lead singer Fred Schneider opened up to outtraveler.com, sharing, “We decided we didn’t really want to tour anymore. It’s just a chore to get anywhere, so it’s nice to be in one place for a while. People are responding well! We don’t play that much so people don’t get sick of us. We just want to put on a kick-ass rock show.”
Fred Schneider’s Double Role: Co-Hosting and Book Signing at Punk Rock Museum
Adding to the intrigue of the announcement, it was revealed that the versatile Fred Schneider will be taking on a double role. He is all set to co-host a captivating meet-and-greet event along with a book signing at the vibrant Punk Rock Museum situated in Las Vegas on the vibrant date of August 27.
The spotlight of the book signing will be on esteemed music photographer and author Michael Grecco, whose impactful book titled “Punk, Post Punk, New Wave: Onstage, Backstage, In Your Face, 1978-1991” was released in the year 2020. Schneider, the author of the book’s forward, will be graciously autographing copies alongside the accomplished author himself.
Formed in the vivid backdrop of an Athens, Ga. Chinese restaurant in October 1976, the B-52s emerged as a musical force to be reckoned with. The creative ensemble comprising Schneider, Kate Pierson, Keith Strickland, Cindy Wilson, and her brother, Ricky Wilson, ingeniously chose their band name inspired by Southern slang associated with extravagant bouffant hairstyles. Tragically, Ricky Wilson passed away due to AIDS-related complications in 1985.
Tickets for the eagerly anticipated B-52s Venetian shows, with prices starting at $49.50, will be up for grabs starting Friday, August 25 at 10 a.m. PT through Ticketmaster and venetianlasvegas.com. Prior to the general release, an artist presale will commence on Tuesday, August 22, at 10 a.m., followed by exclusive presale access for The Venetian Resort Grazie Rewards members and Live Nation/Ticketmaster customers starting Wednesday, August 23, at 10 a.m.
The much-anticipated book signing event is scheduled to unfold from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, August 27, at the Punk Rock Museum located at 1422 Western Ave., Las Vegas. Those who acquire a book from the museum’s retail store will be treated to complimentary admission to the museum itself.
Renowned as the most comprehensive attraction of its kind, the Punk Rock Museum stands as a testament to the rich history, vibrant culture, and undeniable audacity of the punk rock movement.