The B-52s + Squeeze Wednesday, July 4 Doors at 4:30 p.m., Concert at 6:30 p.m. Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Tickets still available! Due to fire danger, there will be no fireworks after the show
The first concert of the 2012 season is quickly approaching. Gardens’ member Rick Hum will again be providing us with some interesting background facts about each of the concert artists. Rick and his wife Karen first became members of the Gardens in 2002 and have been to most of the Gardens concerts in past years. Rick has been contributing to our blog since 2009. Thanks, Rick, for sharing your pre-concert artist research with us! Time to get up and dance, everyone!
The B-52s were formed on an October night in 1976 following drinks at an Athens, GA Chinese restaurant. The band played their first gig at a friend's house on Valentine's Day 1977. Naming themselves after Southern slang for exaggerated “bouffant" hairdos, the newly-christened B-52s (Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, Keith Strickland, Cindy Wilson and Ricky Wilson) began weekend road trips to New York City for gigs at CBGB (Country, BlueGrass and Blues) and a handful of other venues.
At the time of their greatest achievements, however, they suffered their greatest tragedy — the death of guitarist Ricky Wilson from AIDS. "He really had a vision…," said sister Cindy Wilson. "He was one of the strongest elements of the B-52s from the beginning." Ricky Wilson's passing in 1985 came just after the sessions for Bouncing Off The Satellites (1986). Cindy Wilson left the B-52s for a while and had a daughter. She reunited with other members who toured as Was for a while and reformed the B-52s in 1998. The current band members include: Fred Schneider (vocals), Kate Pierson (vocals), Cindy Wilson (vocals), Keith Strickland (guitar, drums, keyboards, piano, programming), Tracy Wormworth (bass), Sterling Campbell (drums) and Paul Gordon (organs, synthesizers, keyboards, piano). The B-52s last played at the York Street Denver Botanic Gardens on June 22, 2009. They claim on their website, The B52s.com, they are the World’s Greatest Party Band. Let the dancing begin! Squeeze is a British band that first came into prominence in the late 1970s. The group formed in Deptford, London in 1975 then first broke up in 1982. Squeeze then reformed in 1985, and disbanded again in 1999. The band reunited for tours through the United States and United Kingdom in 2007, and this touring version of Squeeze has continued into the present day. The duo of Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford wrote all the groups hits and have been the only constant members of the band. The current band members include Glenn Tilbrook (vocals, guitar and music), Chris Difford (vocals, guitar and lyrics), John Bentley (bass), Simon Hanson (drums) and Stephen Large (keyboards). Squeeze last played in Denver at the Ogden on July 29, 2010. Mike Long and Adrian Dater writing for Reverb said of the group: “Squeeze is slowly and belatedly earning the respect in the U.S. that they’ve had for 30 years in the U.K. There, the band’s songwriters, Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, are considered on par with Ray Davies and Elvis Costello. The often hyperbolic U.K. music press once dubbed the pair “the new Lennon and McCartney, a curse as well as a blessing."