Last year, the Go-Go's were all set to do their farewell tour. Now, they've decided they're not splitting up after all, and are getting ready to hit the road for a summer tour they've dubbed Ladies Gone Wild. They'll also perform on ABC's Good Morning America summer concert series on June 3rd. Some new music from the Go-Go's may follow, but the important thing, according to guitarist Jane Wiedlin, is that the band "hasn't definitively decided to stop working together after this summer," and, as she tells ABC News Radio, "That's really good news."
To get fans in the mood for the summer of the Go-Go's, a 30th Anniversary Edition of their landmark debut album Beauty & The Beat arrived in stores this past Tuesday, May 17th. The remastered version of the album -- which was the first album entirely written and performed by an all-female band to reach #1 in the U.S. -- comes with a previously-unreleased recording of a show the Go-Go's did at the Metro club in Boston in 1981. Jane says of that bonus disc, "God, we sound so young! It's so cute! Thirty years have gone by so fast, it's hard for me to believe it's been that long." If you want to go old-school, in addition to CD and digital formats, the reissue is also available on pink vinyl.
Jane says she's "thrilled" about the re-release, adding, "I never dreamed in a million years that would happen, and it was so flattering and kind of them [the label] to do that. And the fact that anyone's even interested is super-great." Jane feels that even after 30 years, Beauty & The Beat -- which features "Our Lips Are Sealed" and "We Got the Beat" -- still holds up. She tells ABC News Radio, "I stand behind the record. I still love all the songs. If we could re-do that album today...I think the sound would be a lot better...but I still love the record."
The Go-Go's will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in August. Tickets for The Go-Go’s plus The Dollyrots at the Calvin Theatre are available at Northampton Box Office, 76 Main Street, 413-586-8686, and online at IHEG.com.