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Kate Pierson (1948-); Fred Schneider (1951-); Keith Strickland (1953-)

Catherine Elizabeth Pierson (born 27 April 1948 in Weehawken, New Jersey) is an American vocalist and one of the lead singers and founding members of The B-52's.

Fred Schneider III (born July 1, 1951 in Newark, New Jersey) is best known as the frontman of the rock band The B-52s, of which he is a founding member.

Keith Strickland (born Julian Keith Strickland, 26 October 1953, in Athens, Georgia) is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and one of the founding members of the The B-52's.

  • from Rolling Stone 1980: The five members of the B-52's are seated around a butcher block table at the Casa Linda, a restaurant that's just off the beach in the wealthy coastal resort town of Santa Barbara. They made the two-hour drive up from L.A. in a rented station wagon this afternoon, but arrived too late to take advantage of the still-hot early October sun. For the past half-hour or so, we've been drinking Margaritas - "Actually, we don't have a liquor license," the waiter explained, "so they're made of white wine rather than tequila" - and eating Mexican food, most of which has been vegetarian, since Cindy Wilson is the only band member who eats meat.
    . . . Inspired by that first session, the B-52's began rehearsing, occasionally at Kate's farm, but more frequently in a bloodletting room in an old funeral home behind the El Dorado restaurant, the vegetarian eatery where Fred worked as a waiter. "It was awful," Cindy says of the bloodletting-room-turned-rehearsal-hall. "It had these drains in the floor…"

  • The Grit is a vegetarian restaurant located in Athens, Georgia, U.S.A.. . . In 2001 the restaurant's owners published The Grit Cookbook . . Admirers included . . . Kate Pierson (of the B-52s),
  • "Whenever I visit my old stomping grounds in Athens, my first stop is always The Grit! The food and the company at The Grit rule and that’s a fact. Save me a seat!" —Kate Pierson, The B-52’s

  • from The Pretenders and the B-52’s shared the spotlight of their summer tour with PETA by inviting us to set up booths at concert venues around the U.S. to educate fans about Procter & Gamble’s animal tests. In P&G’s hometown of Cincinnati, the concert hall banned PETA’s booth. So rockers Chrissie Hynde and Kate Pierson took PETA’s Died car to a local laundromat where they handed out our leaflets calling for an end to P&G’s animal tests.
  • from [campaign against leather seats in cars]: Other celebrities who ride without the hide include Alicia Silverstone, Kate Pierson of the B-52’s, and Sir Paul McCartney.


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