Every now and again, I have to take a break from the vinyl and embrace other musical outlets. That was the case this past June when I got a chance to see one of the most influential girl groups of the early-80’s: The Go-Go’s. They were on the road for their “Ladies Gone Wild Tour” in celebration of the 30th anniversary of their debut album: Beauty and the Beat.
The opening act for this evening was LA pop punk outfit “The Dollyrots”. Though I have heard their music before in commercials and on satellite radio, I’ve never actually payed them much mind. But after watching them perform, I was quite taken back by how much fun they were. I enjoyed it so much, I actually purchased their three studio albums (one on vinyl and two on CD) and chatted with the band briefly before the Go-Go’s went on stage. They posed for pictures, signed some of my stuff and were generally very nice and appreciative of their fans.
After a quick beer stop, we all settled in to see the girls take the stage. As the house lights went down, the familiar strains of “Vacation” kicked off their set. The girls were in fine form, playing with plenty of energy and charisma. They continued their a mostly strong set of Go-Go’s favorites (“Get Up and Go”, “This Town”, “Our Lips Are Sealed”, “We Got The Beat”) in addition to one of Belinda Carlisle’s solo efforts (the excellent “Mad About You”).
There were a couple of strange choices in the set list: Their cover of “Mother’s Little Helper” (The Rolling Stones), though enjoyable, was still a bit awkward and unfitting. And choosing to perform Jane Wiedlen’s “Cool Places” (originally a duet with Sparks) over her much better “Rush Hour” was a bit of a letdown. But at least they managed to squeeze in “Head Over Heels” (from the under appreciated Talk Show) during the first encore, though sadly, no “Turn to You”.
I went to the show with high expectations and I am happy to say they were more than met. The tour continues through August so if you have a chance, definitely check them out.