Kate Pierson, whose buoyant vocals helped lift the B52s to their status as one of the most beloved bands of the 1980s, tied the wedding knot with longtime girlfriend Monica Coleman in Hawaii last weekend. The 67-year-old singer posted the good news to her friends and fans on Facebook Tuesday and shared a few photos of her and her new wife along with the caption #itsofficial!
According to E! News “The wedding was attended by the entire B52s band, Sia Furler and husband Erik Anders Lang were the witnesses. Sia performed the song she wrote for the couple ‘Crush Me With You Love’ on Pierson’s first solo album Guitars and Microphones and was accompanied by the famous Hawaii music group the Lim Family who serenaded the attendees during the event. Fred Schneider [fellow B52s founding member and vocalist] made the best man speech.”
Pierson, whose pioneering new wave band has been a favorite of queer music fans since its inception in Athens, Georgia during a music boom in the late ’70s that also launched R.E.M. The band is beloved for its many party-friendly anthems such as “Rock Lobster,” “Love Shack” and “Roam” also recorded solo music. Last winter she released “Mister Sister,” which she’s referred to as a trans anthem. She told HuffPo the song was “inspired by all who are transgender and LGB, multi-dimensional and still transcending. I hope it becomes a trans anthem, but it’s really meant to empower anyone who feels ‘betrayed by the mirror.’”
Watch that video below and scroll down to see a classic B52s clip for “The Girl From Ipanema Goes to Greenland.”