Keith Strickland at "LoveBox" festival London 2007.
Keith Strickland
Background information
Born (1953-10-26) October 26, 1953 (age 64)
Birthname Keith Julian Strickland
Also known as
Occupation Musician
Origin Athens, Georgia, United States
Former members
Years active 1976–present
  • Guitar
  • drums
  • keyboards
  • bass
  • programming
Associated acts The B-52's
Notable Instruments Fender Stratocaster, Fender Telecaster, and Fender line 6

Keith Julian Strickland (born October 26, 1953) is an American multi-instrumentalist, composer, and one of the founding members of the The B-52s. He was born in Athens, Georgia.

Originally the band's drummer, Strickland switched to guitar after the death of guitarist Ricky Wilson in 1985.[1] Strickland also plays keyboards and bass guitar on many of The B-52s recordings, and has occasionally provided backing vocals. Strickland composes the music for The B-52s. He said of the process: "Ricky and I used to write the music together, but now I write the individual instrument parts and arrange the instrumental compositions myself. I'm trying to convey a feeling when I compose. I think of my instrumentals as soundscapes - the chord progressions, rhythms, harmonics and musical direction are used to evoke various sonic atmospheres or moods."[citation needed]

Strickland came out as gay in 1992.[2]

On December 13, 2012, Strickland announced, via the B-52's Facebook page and official website, that while he would remain a member of the group, he would retire from touring.[3] Fred Schneider said of Strickland's announcement, "We had known about Keith’s decision for a while but we just didn’t want to think about it. Keith will probably still be available for special shows but he wanted to get off the road. Keith will always be able to work with us whenever he wants. He’s a best friend."[4]


References Edit

  1. "The B52's Complete Bio". Archived from the original on 2007-03-07. Retrieved 2007-03-08. 
  2. Dagostino, Scott (5 March 2008). "Bohemian Rhapsody: How some artsy queer kids in Georgia became the World’s Greatest Party Band". fab magazine. "…look at people like Marilyn Manson—it’s just so queer anyway. Does it really matter if people come out in rock ‘n’ roll? Do people really care? When Melissa Etheridge came out, her next album went through the roof! I think it’s just a good thing to do for your self. I came out publicly, in the press, for myself. Prior to that, I’d never been asked in the press if I was gay or not but I wanted to put it out there, just for myself." 
  3. "The four of us would like to share this message to you, from Keith". Archived from the original on 2012-12-30. 
  4. Eldredge, Richard (4 January 2013). "Barnstorming days at an end for one B-52’s member". Atlanta Magazine. 

External linksEdit

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