Sunday, June 16, 2024

White House: Rock Lobster Not on the Menu for Australia State Dinner as B-52s Bow Out of Performing


There won’t be Rock Lobster on the menu this week for a Biden State dinner.

Reports (The Hill etc) say that the effervescent pop group The B52s have decided not to perform at the White House dinner for Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

The idea of having bubbly versions of “Love Shack” and diners dancing was nixed because of the war in the Middle East. No one wanted to see beach balls bouncing around.

First Lady Jill Biden said told media today: “While we had initially planned for the legendary B-52s to perform their iconic dance and party music, we are now in a time when so many are facing sorrow and pain. So we made a few adjustments to the entertainment portion of the evening,” she said.”

The B52s will attend the dinner as guests instead. The Marine Army and Navy Band will be the entertainment.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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