OMD Make Another Summer Shed Tour – This Time With B-52s + Berlin

The B-52s were very generous with the poster real estate here for their special guests – very classy, guys

If you were paying attention to the comments on yesterday’s post, you knew that OMD were in Charlotte this summer. The bigger picture is that The B-52s are celebrating their 40th anniversary with a [what else?] fun summer tour. Well, with those guys it could never be dour. Maybe if Joy Division still existed they might be the only ones doing a dour 40th anniversary tour. And yes, our heroes OMD are once again swept into a long US tour with at least a much better and more appropriate headliner to hitch their wagon to. The B-52’s. And rounding out the bill from the same basic peer group are Berlin. Three bands I have paid to see headline in my life and times. Some, in multiple instances.

The big daddy B-52’s tour has a hefty 27 dates and will thread through various locales of North America that come fairly close to hitting most of the required marks. Interestingly enough, Berlin and OMD will also be headlining their own shows in and amongst those 27 dates, so that those who want a full meal from those bands will get several chances.  Where will this party stop?

Berlin headlining
May 24, 2019 | Agoura, CA | The Canyon
May 28, 2019 | Santa Clarita, CA | The Canyon – Santa Clarita
June 14, 2019 | Reno, NV | BBQ, Brews & Blues Festival
June 22, 2019 | Montclair, CA | The Canyon
July 5, 2019 | Milwaukee, WI | Summerfest
July 6, 2019 | Nashville, TN | The Cowan
July 24, 2019 | Paso Robles, CA | California Mid-state Fair
July 28, 2019 | Costa Mesa, CA | The Hangar @ Oc Fair
August 3, 2019 | San Diego, CA | Embarcadero Marina Park

B52’s/OMD/BERLIN [leg 1]
Aug. 04, 2019 | Los Angeles, CA | Microsoft Theater
Aug. 06, 2019 | Portland, OR | Oregon Zoo Amphitheater
Aug. 07, 2019 | Seattle, WA | Becu Zootunes Concert Series
Aug. 10, 2019 | Bend, OR | Les Schwab Amphitheater
Aug. 11, 2019 | Murphys, CA | Ironstone Amphitheatre
Aug. 12, 2019 | Saratoga, CA | The Mountain Winery
Aug. 14, 2019 | Phoenix, AZ | Comerica Theatre
Aug. 16, 2019 | Salt Lake City, UT | Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
Aug. 18, 2019 | Greenwood Village, CO | Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
Aug. 21, 2019 | San Antonio, TX | The Majestic Theater
Aug. 22, 2019 | Austin, TX | Bass Concert Hall
Aug. 24 ,2019 | Sugarland, TX | Smart Financial Centre
Aug. 25, 2019 | New Orleans, LA | Saenger Theatre
Aug. 28, 2019 | Clearwater, FL | Ruth Eckerd Hall
Aug. 29, 2019 | Fort Lauderdale, FL | Broward Center

OMD headlining
Aug. 30, 2019 | Ponte Vedra, FL | Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
Aug. 31, 2019 | Charlotte, NC | The Fillmore
Sept. 3, 2019 | Nashville, TN | Cannery Ballroom
Sept. 4, 2019 | Cincinnati, OH | Bogart’s

B52’s/OMD/BERLIN [leg 2]
Sept. 06, 2019 | Greensboro, NC | White Oak Amphitheatre At Greensboro Coliseum
Sept. 07, 2019 | Atlanta, GA | Cadence Bank Amphitheatre At Chastain Park
Sept. 08, 2019 | Huber Heights, OH | Rose Music Center At The Heights
Sept. 11, 2019 | Grand Rapids, MI | Fifth Third Bank Summer Concerts At Meijer Gardens
Sept. 13, 2019 | Toronto, ON | Sony Centre For The Performing Arts
Sept. 14, 2019 | Rochester Hills, MI | Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
Sept. 17, 2019 | Washington, DC | The Anthem
Sept. 19, 2019 | Philadelphia, PA | Mann Center For The Performing Arts
Sept. 20, 2019 | Mashantucket, CT | Foxwoods Resort Casino – Grand Theater
Sept. 21, 2019 | North Tonawanda, NY | Riviera Theatre And Performing Arts Center
Sept. 22, 2019 | Cleveland, OH | House Of Blues Cleveland
Sept. 24, 2019 | New York, NY | Summerstage – Central Park

In my own case, the B-52s are doing a July 26th solo headliner at the nearby Biltmore Estate, just a week or so in advance of this big package tour, but I won’t be biting for that. I saw The B-52’s twice on their “Cosmic Thing” tour in 1989-1991 and that sufficed for me. I saw Berlin on their 1983 “Love Life” tour [my third concert ever] and I’ve not heard a note they’ve recorded afterward, save for the singles from “Count Three + Pray” and the ubiquitous “Take My Breath Away.” I have five notches on the concert belt for OMD. Goodness knows, that I felt like springing for them opening for Barenaked Ladies; a band I actually dislike, in Raleigh, NC three summers ago. But then, it had been five years since seeing them headline in Atlanta on a VIP ticket.

The fact that this cavalcade will be playing nearby Greensboro, NC, only two and a half hours away is intriguing to me. I’ve never seen a show in Greensboro, but I’m open to the idea; just not this time. It’s time to put the damper on out of town concert action as the money simply isn’t there now. We’ve done enough of that lately. It would have to be John Foxx at this point. Not bands we’ve seen previously.

Commenter Mel Creighton asked yesterday if I were attending the OMD headlining show in nearby Charlotte. That’s only two hours away, but the fact that I already saw them on the “Punishment Of Luxury” tour in Atlanta last year [and it was magnificent] doesn’t make me want to spend the buck$ necessary for a rematch just over a year later. I suspect that the show won’t diverge dramatically from what they delivered on that headlining tour. But if anyone else reading this in earshot of Charlotte [or Jacksonville, Nashville, and Cincinnati] would consider going, by all means I encourage this! OMD are working on a high plane right now.

In fact people who see those four headliner shows of OMD in the middle of the tour are the real winners, no matter how nice a package this is, because ultimately, the factor staying my hand for the big tour is that in every case this will be three bands you like, performing their greatest hits collection on the summer shed circuit. A safe, comfortable show with few surprises. I’ve seen OMD do that in 2016, and I’m sated on that level. But for anyone else, here’s the ticket links for Berlin, OMD, and the B-52’s.

Holy Toledo! Those Charlotte tickets for OMD are only $25 general admission on TicketMobster®.

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9 Responses to OMD Make Another Summer Shed Tour – This Time With B-52s + Berlin

  1. Mel Creighton says:

    I have never seen OMD live. Very good chance I will be going.


  2. I would totally go to one of the OMD headlining shows if I were on the east coast, but of course I’m not. I’d consider the Seattle show, because it’s a reasonably quick overnight hop for me, but I’d much prefer the focus (and price!) of that Charlotte show. Hopefully any friends and commenters in the area will be able to attend.

    So while OMD would be the highlight on any of the gigs I could conceivably attend, it’s always nice to see the B’s again. [grizzled concert veteran mode] I first started seeing them in Athens before their first album, and I’ve loved them ever since. Those were the days were each of Athens’ and Atlanta’s marquee bands were doing something completely different to the others and like nothing that was heard outside Athens/Atlanta.

    It’s been a very long time since I’ve seen the gang, too — I think the last time seeing the band perform was in Orlando on the tour where Julee Cruse replaced Cindy (and did a very capable job I might add)! I’ve very little interest in Berlin, I’m afraid. Last time I saw them was a pretty bad radio-station outdoor gig again in Orlando at Church Street Station. It was a free show and still not worth it, though there are songs from their first album I’m still fond of.


  3. PS. In Europe this tour has been billed as a “Farewell Tour” by the B-52s, incidentally. I guess they’re leaving the door open on their home turf/biggest market …


    • postpunkmonk says:

      chasinvictoria – I noticed that. Why would senior citizens want to trek around the world working even if they were pop stars? Ya gotta have the eye of the tiger for that sort of stuff. Besides, I get the impression that they were most successful in their home territory. Does anyone know for sure?


  4. negative1ne says:

    I’m not a fan of these bands, although I do like some OMD tracks. And they will be near to me,
    so I’ll pass.

    These guys from New York will have to travel back in time to see them (typo from copy paste?)
    Sept. 21, 2017 | North Tonawanda, NY | Riviera Theatre And Performing Arts Center



    • postpunkmonk says:

      negative1ne – Thanks for the typo alert. Formatting the dates for these posts takes much longer than writing the post itself! People slip up. Accidents happen. People get hurt!


  5. Eugene Unger says:

    Hoping to see the OMD Charlotte show. It will my first time to see them.


    • postpunkmonk says:

      Eugene Unger – Good for you! If it’s anything like the show we saw last year [and I suspect that it should be] prepare to be impressed. Last night I lay awake thinking maybe I was crazy to pass this show up, but I still can’t see any overnight costs as valid. Driving home afterward would see me in bed by 1:00 – 2:00 a.m. Not viable without taking the next day off.


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