No ‘rock lobster’ for the B-52’s

No ‘rock lobster’ for the B-52’s

LOBSTER'S NOT SO 'ROCKIN' FOR THEM: Members of The B-52's Cindy Wilson, Keith Strickland, Kate Pierson and Fred Schneider arrive to the TV Land Awards 10th Anniversary in New York, Saturday, April 14, 2012. Photo: Associated Press/Charles Sykes

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — One of the founders of the quirky rock band The B-52s is using the 35th anniversary of its hit “Rock Lobster” to reiterate his opposition to eating them.

Fred Schneider says he stopped eating crustaceans at age 4 after going crabbing with family in New Jersey and watching them boiled alive.

The lifelong vegetarian said in video narrated for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) that he views crabs and lobsters not as seafood but as “sea life.”

Schneider got the idea for “Rock Lobster” when a projector displayed images including lobsters on a grill at an Atlanta disco. He said he thought, “Rock this, rock that… rock lobster!”

The band jammed on the title and the song was born. The band’s other hits include “Love Shack” and “Roam.”

Latest Headlines

in Local

Officials Say Child Died After Showing E. Coli Symptoms


Maine public health authorities have confirmed that an Androscoggin County child died and another was hospitalized after both showed symptoms associated with E. coli bacteria.

in Local

Ex-husband of Former State Rep Pleads Guilty to Gun Threat


A Winslow man has pleaded guilty to pointing a loaded gun at two of his sons and the boyfriend of his ex-wife, a former state representative.

in Local

Hearing About Forced Medication in Killing Case Delayed


The Maine attorney general's office says a court hearing has been pushed back on a prosecutor's request that a man charged with killing his father be treated with medication without his consent.

in Local

Judge Gives Final Approval For $338M Oil Train Settlement


PORTLAND, Maine (AP) A U.S. bankruptcy judge has approved a $338 million settlement fund for victims of a fiery oil train derailment that claimed 47 lives in Quebec.

in Trending, Viral Videos

TODAY’S MUST SEE: ‘A Reasonable Speed’ with Keanu Reeves


This could give the "Fast & Furious" a run for its money.


  • 10h
  • 10h
  • 12h
  • 12h
  • 12h
  • 13h
  • 13h