The B-52's dive into 'Funplex' dates
The B-52's have lined up a spring club push behind the forthcoming "Funplex," the band's first new album in more than 16 years.
The venerable New Wave icons, who have been playing together since 1976, will kick off a quick run April 23 in Boston, about a month after the new disc hits stores in late March. The 12-city outing will run through early May, and additional summer dates are expected to follow, according to the band's management. All current dates are below.
Presales for most of the dates begin March 13, with public on-sales beginning March 15. Check the band's official website for more information.
Following the headlining dates, the band will hop on board the 24-city True Colors Tour with Cyndi Lauper and Rosie O'Donnell, kicking off May 31 in Boston and running into early July. The tour backs lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) causes and looks to get out the vote in that community this fall. More information can be found at the tour's official website.
The B-52's recorded "Funplex," which hits stores March 25, in their native Athens with producer Steve Osborne (New Order, KT Tunstall). The 11-track set features song credits from all of the band's original members: Kate Pierson, Fred Schneider, Keith Strickland and Cindy Wilson.
"It's loud, sexy rock and roll for your pleasure zones, with the beat pumped up to hot pink," Strickland said of the new album in a press release.
The new release is the group's first studio set since 1992's "Good Stuff," which is the band's only album recorded without Wilson. The vocalist returned to the fold in 1998 to record two tracks for the best-of album "Time Capsule."
The album's title track is also the first single from the set. The band shot a music video for the song earlier this month in Los Angeles featuring a cameo by Ru-Paul, who also appeared in the group's video for its 1989 hit "Love Shack."