Tribune sportswriter Bill Oram will soon cover the Olympics for The Tribune in London, but Monday he attended the B-52s and Squeeze concert at Red Butte Garden. Here is his report:
There are a couple of ways to look at the B-52s, who performed to a sold-out crowd Monday night at Red Butte Garden,
The first, and most tempting, is as a band that escaped relevance some decades ago and now, looking and sounding silly, performing karaoke hits in jumpsuits even David Cassidy gave up long ago. The musicality is not bad, but it doesn't register as good anymore, either. The call-and-answer gimmick between original members Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson and Cindy Wilson is cartoonish as ever, and the weird, shrill dissonance that made the B-52s famous remains, well, shrill and dissonant.