The B-52s' Party Rolls on Through Phoenix

The B-52s' funky, flirty and groovalicious party sound is as unmistakable today as it was when the band formed unexpectedly in 1976 after founding members Fred Schneider, Kate Pierson, Keith Strickland, and Cindy and Ricky Wilson downed a flaming volcano drink at an Athens, Georgia restaurant.

"We never planned on having a band. We were friends and crashed parties together in Athens and hung out," says Pierson during a recent phone interview. "So one night we went to the Chinese restaurant and we had very little money to eat, so we thought we'd share this drink . . .

"We went over to a friend's house and started jamming and . . . that's how it happened: the magic drink."

The B-52s are scheduled to perform Friday, July 12, at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale.