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The Go-Go's still have the beat for 30th anniversary

of the Oakland Press

Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2011

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The Go-Go’s planned to go on the road last summer for what the all-female quintet was calling a farewell tour. Then guitarist Jane Wiedlin injured her knees in a hiking fall — which may have proven fortuitous.

“Over the course of a year everything just started re-thinking that idea and ultimately we decided we shouldn’t say it’s a farewell tour this year,” explains Wiedlin, 53, who co-founded the group during 1978 in Los Angeles. “I was not happy about it, anyway; I want to be a 90-year-old Go-Go someday.

“I love being a Go-Go. It definitely has its ups and downs, and we have a very intense energy with each other. Sometimes it’s amazing fun, and it’s always magical when we play live together. And sometimes we are just such a pain in the ass to each other.

“We all get on each other’s nerves because we’ve all known each other for so long. Basically its a five-way marriage that’s gone on for 33 years — and will keep going if I have anything to say about it.”

This year’s Girls Gone Wild Tour celebrates the 30th anniversary of the Go-Go’s first album, “Beauty and the Beat,” which went double-platinum and was recently re-released in a deluxe edition. The album’s success took the world by surprise — but not Wiedlin.

“I had sort of a naive confidence that we were going to be big stars,” she recalls, “but it was still really crazy when it happened. It was very exciting, but it kind of changed everything. It’s kind of like shopping; the hunt is so exciting, but once you buy a new pair of shoes or something you think you’re going to be happy with it forever, and then you immediately start thinking about the next thing you want to get.

“I think it’s the same thing with success. We weren’t just satisfied with what we had; we wanted more, and that made it tough. But I’m glad we’re still here.”

The Go-Go’s and the B-52’s perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $42.50 and $25 pavilion, $20 lawn. Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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