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In 1983, the B-52s, the American rock band known for their quirky and danceable music, played a series of concerts in Paris that would go down in history as some of their most memorable performances. The band had already released several albums and had a loyal following in the United States, but they were still relatively unknown in Europe at the time. The concerts in Paris were part of the B-52s' "Whammy!" tour, named after their most recent album. The shows were held at the Palais des Sports, a large indoor venue that could hold thousands of people. Fans of the band were excited to see them live, and the energy in the crowd was palpable. The B-52s did not disappoint. They played many of their biggest hits, including "Rock Lobster," "Private Idaho," and "Love Shack," as well as several songs from their latest album. The band members were known for their colorful outfits and playful stage presence, and they didn't disappoint in Paris. They danced and joked with each other, engaging the audience and creating a sense of fun and excitement. One of the highlights of the Paris concerts was the band's performance of "Planet Claire," one of their early songs that had become a cult favorite among fans. During the song, singer Kate Pierson donned a silver wig and alien antennae, while guitarist Keith Strickland played a theremin, creating eerie sci-fi sounds that added to the song's otherworldly vibe. The B-52s' concerts in Paris were a huge success, and helped to establish the band as an international sensation. Their music, which blended elements of punk, new wave, and pop, was embraced by audiences around the world, and the band continued to tour and record for many years. But the Paris concerts of 1983 remain a high point in the band's history, a moment when their unique brand of music and performance art was on full display for an adoring crowd.