Lineup: The Go Go's, Patty Smyth and Scandal, Martha Davis and The Motels, Cutting Crew, Naked Eyes Featuring Peter Byrne
From their halcyon days as America's sweethearts to their current status as superstars who pioneered a genre, The Go-Go's preside over an amazing three-decade reign as high pop priestesses. The internationally-loved pop hitmakers helped cement the foundation of the early 80's pop-rock sound without the aid of outside composers, session players or, most importantly, creative compromise. From their very first show, The Go-Go's sang and played their own songs, offering five feisty role models for a generation of ready-to-rock girls and good, hooky fun for pop-loving guys.Their story truly is a punk version of the American Dream. They came, they saw and they conquered the charts, the airwaves and, with their kicky kitsch appeal, pop culture in general. For a while, the band was virtually inescapable: TV guest shots, magazine covers, high-profile concert tours and movie offers turned The Go-Go's into certified rock stars. Their sparking California pop appealed to an astonishingly wide cross-section of music fans.They danced to their own joyous beat from the very beginning.
The Go-Go's banded together in the truest of punk ethics: there was no master plan to get signed or in any way conquer the world. In fact, when Belinda Carlisle and Jane Wiedlin (then known by her adorably tough nome-de-punk Jane Drano) met, they weren't even musicians. But since nearly everyone else in their vicious circle of friends was forming bands, they said why not? and jumped right in that darn fountain, fully clothed. The band was conceived in the very same gritty glitter of the rough Los Angeles scene that also birthed X, The Germs, and The Weirdos.By all accounts, their first show was short, sweet -- and very, very raw. They didn't care, they were just having fun. But, just as lust can turn to love, their newfound hobby turned to dedication. Two months later, real musician Charlotte Caffey joined and their sound quickly improved. The unique mix of snotty punk discord blended with sweet pop melodies was presented with a freewheeling let's have a party thrift-store chic attitude. The ensemble quickly cultivated a dedicated clique of fans and collected glowing notices in the notoriously fickle LA press.Today, The Go-Go's live shows continue to deliver every bit of the raw energy of their now-legendary punk beginnings, tempered with the wisdom of three decades of pop perfection. They have no need to change their sound to try to be modern or current or wander off on some trendy tangent. Why should they? Now, as in '81, no one sounds like The Go-Go's but The Go-Go's.The whole world may have lost its head, but in a world gone crazy, The Go-Go's still have the beat. And now, three decades we were first introduced to their sound, go-go music still makes us dance!