Live in Amsterdam, 1979 (radio broadcast)

b-52's promo2 1979

Live at the Paradiso, Amsterdam on 11/17/1979 (First European Tour).

00:00 – 52 Girls
03:38 – 6060-842
06:32 – Devil in my Car
12:19 – Hero Worship
16:23 – Lava
21:29 – There’s A Moon In The Sky (Called The Moon)
26:35 – Dance This Mess Around
31:16 – Rock Lobster
36:19 – Downtown
39:08 – Private Idaho
43:03 – Strobe Light

The Selling Out Of The B-52’s

The B-52’s at The Paradise October 29, 1979. …I simply attended one of the best rock and roll shows this year, the performance of the B-52’s…

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They combine the rhythms of sixties dance music with the high-energy intensity and musicianship of good quality new wave.

March 1, 1979 The Paradise Theatre, The 52’s are making their debut to an almost empty house with only some punks and press in attendance.

August 24, 1979 Berklee Performance Center, The group is now supporting the Talking Heads…

October 29, 1979 The Paradise Theatre, The 52’s return headlining the show…

“Live! 8-24-1979” concert

Recorded live in Boston at a show opening for the Talking Heads.

79 08 24 B-52's Performance Centre, Boston Somersaults
An original vinyl bootleg cover.

The band says:

We opened up for the Talking Heads just six weeks after our first record was released. We were a little scared of the audience so we kept our heads down and focused – and we danced like mad when there was a break! Ricky was so fierce on the guitar – so intense – it was all so raw and live and we loved it.

The B-52’s unearthed 1979 live album.
Rhino released Live! 8-24-1979, a previously unreleased 1979 live performance by the B-52’s. It features the band performing a bunch of songs from their first two albums (The B-52’s and Wild Planet). The concert, which was recorded at the Berklee Center in Boston, was found in Warner Bros. Records’ vaults.

Summer-Fall Tour 1979

These dates were gathered from various sources to compile this listing, based on the Talking Heads tour, for which they opened on most of the dates during the Summer of 1979.
Any additional info or sources (tickets, flyers, posters) to identify gig dates is appreciated.

Jan 19 1979
Agora Ballroom, Atlanta
Mar 14 1979
McVan’s, Buffalo

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Jul 9 1979
Lyceum Theatre, London
Jul 10 1979
Théâtre Le Palace, Paris

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Jul 13 1979
Paradiso, Amsterdam
Jul 21 1979
Eric’s, Liverpool
Jul 22 1979
Digbeth Civic Hall, Birmingham
Jul 24 1979
Limit Club, Sheffield
Jul 28 1979
The Factory, Russell Club, Manchester

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Aug 4 1979
Electric Ballroom, London

Aug 16 1979
Wollman Skating Rink, New York
Aug 24 1979
Berklee Performance Center, Boston

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Aug 25 1979
Convention Hall, Asbury Park
Sep 5 1979
Club 57, New York
Sep 11 1979
Houston Music Hall
Sep 16 1979
Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin
Sep 18 1979
Boarding House, San Francisco
Sep 21 1979
Keystone, Palo Alto
Sep 22 1979
Pauley Ballroom, UC Berkeley

79 09 22 Red Crayola B-52s Berkeley poster
Sep 25 1979
Arlington Theatre, Santa Barbara

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Sep 27 1979
Greek Theater, Los Angeles
Sep 28 1979
Ackerman Grand Ballroom, UCLA

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Sep 30 1979
Cocoanut Grove Ballroom, Santa Cruz

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Oct 1 1979
Freeborn Hall, UC Davis

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Oct 2 1979
California Hall, San Francisco
Oct 6 1979
West Park, Chicago

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Oct 10 1979
Motor City Roller Palace, Warren, MI

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Oct 12 1979
Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON
Oct 21 1979
Emerald City, Cherry Hill, NJ
Oct 27 1979
J.B. Scott’s, Albany

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B-52's backstage at JB Scott's, Albany, NY, 10/29/79

Oct 29 1979
The Paradise, Boston

Nov 15 1979
Electric Ballroom, London

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Nov 17 1979
Paradiso, Amsterdam
Nov 22 1979
Théâtre Le Palace, Paris

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