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In early August, the Go-Go’s launched its farewell tour, which pulls into the Rose Music Center in Huber Heights on Wednesday, Aug. 17.
While they’re retiring from the road, Belinda Carlisle (vocals), Charlotte Caffey (guitar), Jane Wiedlin (guitar, vocals) and Gina Schock (drums) aren’t ending the band.
THE FINAL TOUR
“We’re definitely hanging up the touring shoes but we’ll do other things,” Caffey said. “We’ll do an odd gig here and there but going out and actually touring for a month or two, we’re not doing that anymore. We’ve been talking about it for a while. We thought we were going to hang it up in 2010.
“We did a few things at that time and decided we might want to go for a couple of more years,” she continued. “Now, it’s 2016 and we decided it’s time to do it. Some of us could go longer others but it’s fine. We respect each other and what everyone wants to do.”
The Go-Go’s formed in Los Angeles in 1978 and traffic in an infectious blend of ’60s pop, garage rock, punk and new wave. The band’s first single, “We’ve Got the Beat,” was released by Stiff Records in 1979. The Go-Go’s debut, “Beauty and the Beat” (IRS Records), was released in 1981 followed by “Vacation” in 1982 and “Talk Show” in 1984.
The Go-Go’s broke up in 1985 and didn’t perform again until a benefit concert in 1990. The group reformed in 1994 and has continued to tour off and on since. The band’s fourth and final studio album, “God Bless the Go-Go’s” was released in 2001.
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Once the tour ends, Caffey and her bandmates will turn to other projects such as “Head Over Heels.” The jukebox musical is from musical supervisor Tom Kitt and director Michael Mayer, whose credits include “Spring Awakening,” “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” and “Next to Normal.”
“We’ve been working on the musical for six years,” Caffey said. “It’s not about us but the play uses our catalog. It’s heading to Broadway next year or the following year. We have an incredible, Tony Award-winning team with Michael Mayer and Tom Kitt. We were just up at a workshop in New York. It was really fun working with them. We’re going to another workshop so we have a lot of input.
“The musical is another way people can hear our music live,” Caffey added. “It will be a little bit of a different context but it’s going to be great. Michael and Tom are so incredible. We’re really excited about it.”
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