Reviewed! B-52's - With the Wild Crowd! Live in Athens, GA


B-52’s
With the Wild Crowd! Live in Athens, GA
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It’s hard to believe that the B-52’s, a band that has been up and down the road for 35 years, could release one singular DVD presentation that successfully, and fully, encapsulates what it is to experience their eccentric, cooky, over-the-top, unorthodox live show, but somehow, someway, With the Wild Crowd! Live in Athens, GA, is just that release that truly captures the bands live essence.

With the Wild Crowd! Live in Athens, GA was recorded in February of this year marking the 34th anniversary of the bands first ever concert on Valentine’s Day 1977. They surely picked the right concert to document too - With the Wild Crowd! Live in Athens, GA is a non-stop rollercoaster comprised of a plethora of the bands top, and most memorable, cuts, including many, if not all, of their fan favorites, early hits that include their first single, 1978’s “Rock Lobster,” which predictably ends the night’s proceedings. Regardless, With the Wild Crowd! Live in Athens, GA does a great job of representing each and every decade of the bands lustrous existence, beginning, of course, in the 70’s (“Rock Lobster,” “Planet Claire”), the 80’s (“Private Idaho,” “Party Out of Bounds,” “Mesopotamia,” “Whammy Kiss,” “Love Shack”), the 90’s (“Roam”) and all the way up to the 2000’s (“Funplex”).

If you can’t make it out to a B-52’s show anytime soon, then With the Wild Crowd! Live in Athens, GA DVD is more than a suitable replacement. Just picture a hot, sweaty, rock and roll explosion of big wigs, feathers, boas and hot pink everything, just as you’d expect from anything involved with the B-52’s. With the Wild Crowd! Live in Athens, GA is a time machine, one that will transport you back to the mid-80’s, a wild ride that is sure to bring a giant, beaming smile to your face.     

Grade: B

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