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Still Got the Beat

Go-Go’s in Concert
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Greek Theatre

Special guest: Girl in a Coma

Ladies Gone Wild Tour 2011

Songs performed: “Vacation,” “Lust to Love,” “Automatic,” “Skidmarks on my Heart,” “Tonite,” “Get Up and Go,” “Mother’s Little Helper,” “How Much More,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Unforgiven,” “Mad About You,” “Cool Places,” “This Town,” “Fading Fast,” “Cool Jerk,” “We Got the Beat,” “Beatnik Beach,” “Fun with Ropes,” “Head Over Heels”

Comments: The party never stops with the Go-Go’s. Thirty years have passed since their debut album “Beauty and the Beat” came out and conquered the world. Lots has happened since 1981! They broke up and got back together a few times, had some solo hits, some kids and now here we are in 2011. They are not the most prolific group that’s for sure. They only have 4 full-length albums to their credit plus an anthology that had a few of their early punk songs plus a couple of new ones too.Go-Go's

So how does a 30+ year old group still fill the Greek Theatre after all these years? The reason being — the songs and the performance. I have seen them 8 times over the last 3 decades, and they are still one of my favorite live acts. I know I am going to have a good time, sing along with the crowd and dance like crazy. They have actually gotten better at their live shows in that time. So now, we get a sound that is harder than the first hits suggested but not as rough as their punk days. I’ll call it “Power Pop.”

In the past year, the ladies have gotten a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a Rock on the Greek Theatre’s Rock Walk. Still waiting on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame… I’m sure it is coming!

The songs came out in the 80’s for the most part, but still sound great today. They do not sound dated and their themes are timeless… lost love, teenage angst, party times, alienation, girl power, relationship problems. Sounds like an episode of “Glee” or “Gossip Girl” to me.

In addition to their own hits, the ladies performed a cover of the Rolling Stones’s “Mother’s Little Helper” which has the lyric, “What a Drag it is Getting Old.”  During “Cool Jerk” they invited some of the audience members on stage to dance. How cool is that? To be doing your best 80’s dancing on the big stage?

I know they have had their difference over the years, but the girls definitely seem to enjoy each other’s company. Their stage banter and antics suggest the playful mood of old friends and family. That night was Belinda’s 53rd birthday — they even brought a cake out for her and had the crowd serenade her with “Happy Birthday.”

It was refreshing to see the next generation of fans there — a lot of parents bringing their kids to the show. One generous dad in front of us, bought his 3 daughters pink Go-Go’s T-shirts. They quickly took pics of them to post online! I also noticed a few gay couples walking out holding hands.

Belinda, Gina, Charlotte, Kathy and Jane are and always will be the Go-Go’s. Their “Power Pop” still makes me want to dance, play air drums and sing along.

Girl in a Coma, a 3-piece girl band from San Antonio, TX had a decent opening set. Their sound was pretty full with the 2 guitarists and power drummer. Their sound was punk/alternative… they did a OK version of Patsy Cline’s “Walking After Midnight.”

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