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B52s Kate Pierson Interview | The US Festival of 1982

B52s Kate Pierson Interview | The US Festival of 1982


I love festivals and this was kind of early
on in our career. We had really just started in 1979 you know, officially our first record,
so this was still early and it was very exciting to do a festival with other bands. Well, I thought that it was amazing, I happened
to be pretty good friends with all of Talking Heads and also knew the Ramones quite well
and had been already to numerous concerts for both of those bands and I used to go see
the Ramones and just, you know, dance dance dance. I loved Talking Heads and we opened
for Talking Heads when we first started. My most vivid memory of it was that we started
to call it the dust festival because there was just so much dust and it was so so hot
and I remember we had this dressing room area and we had a water cooler and I was so hot
and there was just, I don’t think there was any running water and I took the water cooler
and just poured it over me! I just got naked and poured this thing over me and it was just
so so incredibly hot, I don’t think I’ve ever been so hot. I do think that the US Festival, the “dust
festival” was very organized, the coming in on the helicopters, everyone had a little
dressing room, the stage and the people, it was quite, you know, an exciting event. Bigger
than…we had ever done. The sound was great, so it really laid the groundwork for the kind
of high mark of festivals so I remember it being a very special performance. We were
probably nervous too and it added to the, you know intensity. They burned down the…it was their day. It
has to be said that the B52’s owned that day of the US Festival. I heard later that we really just rocked the
house. I mean our set was just super charged. We never stopped and the beats were really
fast and I think for that…time, that kind of new wave, punk music that was relentless
this was like a really special event so it was amazing.

57 thoughts on “B52s Kate Pierson Interview | The US Festival of 1982”

  1. Mike, we're not aware of the full B52's concert being available on DVD. This new documentary however will include a few full length songs from their performance. Thanks for the interest! Be sure to visit our Facebook page too if you haven't already. We post any updates on the film there.

  2. SO THEY LIVED FOR SIN TOO I LIKE THERE MUSIC BUT HATE PEOPLE SIN I'M STUPIED BUT I TRY NOT TO SIN FOR A REASON GOD SEE ALL THAT WE DO I NOW SHE WAS YOUNG AT THE TIME BUT GOD ALSO FORGAVES ALL THAT HAVE DONE WRONG BUT IT'S NOT OK DON'T DO NASTY EVIL THINGS TO ONE AN OTHER THOSE PEOPLE LIKE I SAID ARE IN FOR THE MONEY AND SHOW NOT FOR US. JUST TRY AND MET THEM YOU'LL NOW I MINE.

  3. And a fun interview! We had a great time showing her some footage of their performance and reminiscing about the show.

  4. it's great to know people remember the music that was there for the sake of music REM shiney happy people with kate AWESOME

  5. candy candy candy!!.. katie is awesome.. so cool to see her talking about the "dust fest".. weird living down the street and going to hang out at a show… and having it memorialized like this..

  6. With all due respect Kate, I think most people know that Woodstock laid the groundwork for the "high mark of festivals"…or all rock festivals for that matter, including that one in '82.

  7. Not many people attended both (both fans and artists) but those who did, say that the US Festival was iconic from a technology and organizational standpoint. Search YouTube for this video: o36vDPYLgoQ "Woodstock vs. US Festival". Did you attend the US Festival or Woodstock (or both)? We'd be interested to hear from you how they compared to each other.

  8. That may be true but I'm talking famous festival for setting the standard for all festivals to come after. That would be Woodstock.

  9. love carryieer ,early, dance dance vividmemorydust  d us t ,dance  airwatercooler hot naked dust, naked ,dust, groundworksound special intensity, own supercharge, rock, house, relentless burn, amazing  …   laterknown to become a cosmic thing and all of the above truly truly. that dust is still available on its own special wavelenght, lets paint some happy little clouds, arent clouds builged around dust??  hhm oh katie, that lucky lucky water….your naked body as a brush innition. lets paint them in the clouds. its childplay really. harmonicsisalliamsaying ,good stuff, good stuff

  10. So, get the rights and put the movie out already.
    You do realize that your target audience (people like me, who are pushing 60)
    are going to be dying off soon, right? Shit or get off the pot. Idiots.

  11. I love Kate and I love the Buffs (B-52s). What a great decade for music. As a teenager I enjoyed everything from Van Halen to the Payolas to The Cars to U2. I miss the 80s… It was pre-internet, pre-9/11, pre-Dubya and, best of all, pre-selfie. Not a Millennial in sight either. Good times…

  12. WTF!!! I can't believe Kate's gay!!!! ughhhh fucking morons everywhere!!! as if there's no consequences . damn what a shame

  13. Hey she maybe lesbian now but damn she looks good for her age I hope my future wife looks that sexy in her 60s.

  14. I was there and I so remember Rock Lobster which has been 1 of my favorites. Yes it was Sooooo hot we were hosed down wit fire hoses off the speaker towers which created a lot of mud. that didn't stop everyone from enjoying. we had water in spray bottles and some even put vodka in there haha. there was a naked woman riding a horse and of course we were all half naked cause of the heat.

  15. 0:58 "I just got naked and poured this thing over me and it was just so, so, so incredibly hot." I'm sure it was, Kate!

  16. I remember Kate Pierson when she first came out in the '80s. She was a knockout. Even today, in her '60s, she's still good-looking. Dag!

  17. LOVE the B52s! Learned how to dance — with their music as the inspiration — in my pre-teens in a camp site in Pairumani, deep in the Bolivian Andes – also stomping in the dust!

    And now a tiny chapter of one of the highlights of their history and the story of the US Festival pop into my life — and life's work! — in an utterly unexpected and amazing way. So cool!

  18. I was there! Friday was the New Wave/Punk acts. This 3 day festival was put on by the REAL genius behind APPLE…Steve Wozniak. Sorry folks, but Jobs was really just the face of the company, WOZ was the inventor

  19. I was there that day in 1982 and Kate was correct, so very hot. The US Festival was an event not to be missed. I grew up in San Bernardino. We couldn't believe that this event was happening in our own backyard. I still have my tank top. I have been a B-52s fan ever since. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, what in the Hell are you waiting for? Induct them NOW!

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