The B-52s are touring on their 40th anniversary - sort of

  • Kate Pierson, left, and Fred Schneider of The B-52s are promoting their 40th anniversary.

    Kate Pierson, left, and Fred Schneider of The B-52s are promoting their 40th anniversary. Associated Press

  • In this June 21, 2018 photo, Kate Pierson, left, and Fred Schneider, of The B-52s, pose for a portrait in New York to promote their 40th anniversary.  (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP)

    In this June 21, 2018 photo, Kate Pierson, left, and Fred Schneider, of The B-52s, pose for a portrait in New York to promote their 40th anniversary. (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP) Associated Press

 
 
Updated 7/6/2018 10:27 AM

NEW YORK - The B-52s are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. But they also may celebrate it next year. That is, if they haven't already hit the milestone a few years ago.

There's no fuzzy math here - it's a just matter of which date adequately represents the origin of the band, which began in Athens, Georgia. They'll be playing the Ravinia Festival on Friday, Aug. 31, and Saturday, Sept. 1.

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Vocalist Fred Schneider considers 2018 as their ruby anniversary. That was the year they released the song, "Rock Lobster."

The band's other vocalist, Kate Pierson, interprets their anniversary a bit more liberally. The band started jamming in 1976 and played their first show in 1977. Or it could be 1979, when they put out their first album.

She adds: "We're milking the 40th anniversary because it's flexible."

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