Keith Strickland Follows His Bliss, Steps Down From Touring With B-52’s

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Keith Srickland, legendary guitarist for new wave icons The B-52’s, is stepping down from touring with the band. He’ll remain as a member of the group, but his days on the road are over. He spoke with us earlier this year about music, space and early childhood memories.

We wish Keith the best in his new adventures and thank him for inspiring kindred spirits all over the world with over three decades of great songwriting, DIY ethos and to ‘follow your bliss.’

From Keith’s Facebook message on his departure:

I wanted to let you know that I will no longer be touring with the band. This has not been an easy decision for me to make, but it is the path I know in my heart I must follow. I will continue to be in The B-52s… I will just not tour. 

My barnstorming days have come to an end, but I wholeheartedly support Cindy, Fred and Kate’s decision to continue. It has been an amazing journey and I’m amazed at all that we have accomplished as a band over the past thirty-five years. I’m grateful for the music Ricky, Cindy, Kate, Fred and myself have created together. I’m thankful for the many opportunities I’ve had to perform, and I’m filled with gratitude for your continued presence, love and support – together we made something wonderful happen. Even though I will miss performing with the band and for you, I am looking forward to this new adventure. Follow your bliss,


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Pat Ferrise grew up loving ”the punk rock” and “new wave.” His years at one of the nation’s top college radio stations ultimately led him to a 15-year run as music director of alternative music icon WHFS Washington/Baltimore. Rolling Stone magazine named him of the most influential programmers of the 90s. He’s recorded two albums under the moniker Trampoline for the now defunct SpinArt label. He lives in Baltimore and takes no credit for writing this bio.