Cindy Wilson just wants you to have a good time.
She is, famously, a founding member of The B-52s – the Athens, Georgia, band that formed in 1977 and has since become known as “the world’s greatest party band.”
Now, for the first time in her career, Wilson is stepping out on her own in a new project. Wilson told Lois Reitzes on “City Lights” that it all started when she hired a Beatles cover band for her son’s 10th birthday party. Ryan Monahan was the Sir Paul McCartney in this tribute act and impressed Cindy enough that she started inviting him on gigs.
While The B-52s' first show was a Valentine’s Day party, this new solo project began in the studio “in the spirit of experimentation,” according to Monahan, who joined Reitzes and Wilson on “City Lights.” But make no mistake, Wilson’s music still sounds like a psychedelic, joyous party – albeit with a “lighter touch.”
“I love rocking out,” Wilson said, “but there’s a lot of emotions you can really express with a lighter touch.”
After three years on stage and in the studio, Wilson is ready to take her show – and her band – on the road. They’ve created a multimedia concert experience, complete with projections and a seamless set list drawing from the band’s two recent EP releases, “Sunrise” and “Supernatural.” A full-length studio album, “Change,” is expected in the summer of 2017.
“Change” is a fitting moniker for the forthcoming album. Though she still tours with The B-52s, Wilson said “it was time for a change … time for me to grow as an artist, and see where it took me.” The spirit behind both bands, however, remains the same: “I just want people to hear it and have a good time.”
Wilson and her bandmates perform at Venkman's Friday at 9:30 p.m.