The group has always been supportive of LBGTQ+ rights over the decades and earlier this year on X, formerly known as Twitter, posted a note at a time legislatures were passing bills targeting transgender people. “Dear fellow citizens, We, The B-52′s, are deeply concerned about the numerous new bills that promote transphobia and discrimination against transgender individuals and drag artists, which have been introduced in the United States,” the tweet said.
Cindy Wilson, Fred Schneider and Kate Pierson, original members of the band, are scheduled to appear Wednesday. Guitarist Ricky Wilson died of AIDS-related illness in 1985. Keith Strickland, the band’s original drummer, switched to guitar after Wilson died and toured with the band until 2012. He is now retired from touring.