Iconic New Wave brigade The B-52s, currently on the road for a handful of February concerts, will take their quirky rock back on the...

Iconic New Wave brigade The B-52s, currently on the road for a handful of February concerts, will take their quirky rock back on the road this spring with a round of dates. A total of 17 shows are booked, including an upcoming February 6 gig at the House of Blues in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

New spring dates pick up with a May 5 concert at Paramount Center for the Arts in Peekskill, NY, and continue on through a May 24 show at Riverwind Casino in Norman, OK. Other stops are slated for May 9 at the House of Blues in Atlantic City, NJ; May 13 at Rams Head Live! in Baltimore, MD; and May 16 at the new House of Blues venue in Boston, MA.

The B-52s are supporting the March 2008 release “Funplex,” which peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard 200 and spent a total of seven weeks on the chart. The band has described the new album as an “updated” version of the unconventionality that first rocketed the band to fame.

“I had been listening to a lot of electronic dance music and early rock and roll,” explained guitarist and principal composer Keith Strickland in a statement on the band’s Web site. “I was inspired to use these two aesthetics together with our own sound to write some shameless dance-floor party music.”

Strickland continued, “I like to think of my instruments as landscapes. The chord changes, rhythms and sound quality of the instruments are all aspects of a sonic space, which is designed for Cindy [Wilson], Fred [Schneider] and Kate [Pierson] to step into. I want them to feel inspired by the music and expand on that feeling with their melodies and lyrics.”


The B-52s itinerary:
(Dates are subject to change.)

February 6Lake Buena Vista, FLHouse of Blues
February 7Miami Beach, FLFillmore Miami Beach
February 26Snoqualmie, WASnoqualmie Casino
February 27Richmond, BCGreat Canadian Casino
April 2Friant, CATable Mountain Casino
May 5Peekskill, NYParamount Center for the Arts
May 6Englewood, NJBergen Performing Arts Center
May 7Staten Island, NYSt. George Theatre
May 9Atlantic City, NJHouse of Blues
May 10Morristown, NJThe Community Theatre
May 13Baltimore, MDRams Head Live!
May 14Red Bank, NJCount Basie Theatre
May 16Boston, MAHouse of Blues
May 20Kansas City, MOUptown Theater
May 22North Little Rock, ARRiverfront Park
May 23Thackerville, OKWinstar World Casino
May 24Norman, OKRiverwind Casino