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B-52s (with Love Tractor) - Rounding up the Usual Suspects
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B-52s (with Love Tractor)

Date: 16 Jan 90 19:00:59 GMT
Date: 16 Jan 1990 11:00:59 PST

My brother and I and a friend of his went to the B-52s on Sunday night, in the Seattle Center Arena. First the bad news, then the good news. They had a really stupid "weapon search" on the way in, which I probably could have snuck a rifle through if I'd really wanted to. They were probably really looking for tapes, or maybe just trying to scare people out of trying to haul nasty stuff in, but I don't know. It's the last thing I'd expect to turn into a violent crowd, but maybe they have a paranoid insurance company or something.

The next bad news was their warm-up band, Love Tractor. They weren't exactly bad, but they weren't all that good either. I'm not going to run out and buy one of their albums, and they were a disappointment; I'd expect they'd be better running around with the B-52s. (There have been times when I was more interested in the warm-up band than the main act, like when the Sugarcubes opened for New Order, and when Dickless opens for almost anyone.) They sounded like Pixies wannabes, though I'm not too familiar with the Pixies. One thing they did well was starting exactly on time, then finishing fairly soon too. They started right at 8 pm.

Now for the good news. The B-52s rocked. They started at 9:15 pm. They played quite a mix of stuff, pretty much evenly spread across their stuff, with only a little emphasis on their latest release, which was maybe a third of the show. They played a fairly short set, maybe an hour, but then came back for like three separate encores. I feel sorry for the folks that didn't wait until the lights came up to leave, because they missed about a third of the show. I think they finally finished up for real around 11 pm, but I wasn't paying much attention at that point.

What's really wild about them is the diverse crowd they brought in. There were hippie types, black leather teens, regular student types, yuppies, punkers, and even some people with gray hair. They've got to be the only band ever to appear on a best seller list that hasn't been trashed on this list!

        Steve [real last name, which people shared back then]

Note: Someone else wrote about another show on the same tour, and I added more to this review with this reply.

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