Monday, October 1, 2012


2012 September 29
Hollywood Bowl
2301 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, 7:00





TOTALLY 80'S HOLLYWOOD BOWL




ARTIST

The Go-Go's
The Psychedelic Furs
The Motels
Bow Wow Wow

About this performance:
'Our favorite twisted sweethearts return to the Bowl after 30 years! The Go-Go's pioneered a genre and inspired a generation with such albums as their 1982 smash record Vacation. Released that same summer were the Psychedelic Fur's classic Love My Way, the Motels' brooding Only the Lonely, and Bow Wow Wow's I Want Candy.'
ON THE GO!

Some nice shots of this town (is my town!)





From 2012 Sept 29 2012 Hollywood Bowl


WAY BEFORE THE SHOW



I can't believe that it has been 30 years + one month since the GoGo's played the Bowl! That is way too long.





HOW IT GOES

Before the Go-Go's took the stage, the audience was treated to a short video which pieced together snippets of Go-Go's videos, interviews and performances over the last 30 years. Fun to see their progression. They can't help but be charming.

Appropriately, the Go-Go's took the stage to Survivor's Eye of the Tiger (theme to the the Rocky movie). 

As Craig Rosen wrote in the Hollywood Reporter,  the show was a 'celebration of survival'. 
To read The Hollywood Reporter review of the show:  Click here

QUICK NOTES

Beautiful setting, warm night, full moon, great sound, nice lighting, for those with seats in the way back,  - super big screen TVs on the sides.  The Go-Go's were in top form and so ready to perform to their adoring hometown fans. 

Belinda performed barefoot from the get-go. She gave a shout out to her parents who were in the audience.

Charlotte commented that this was her third time on stage at the Hollywood Bowl. (Her high school graduation ceremony was on this stage).

The Go-Go's opened with 'This Town' which was so appropriate.

Set List

This Town
Vacation (complete with water skiing drag queens)


Tonite
How Much More
Get Up and go
Mad About You
Lust to Love
Stuck in My Car
Automatic
Fading Fast Cool Jerk
Cool Places
Unforgiven
Skidmarks on My Heart
We Got the Beat
Our Lips Are Sealed

Encore:
Head Over Heels


LOW NOTE

Bassist Kathy Valentine was out with a broken wrist and could not perform with her band mates. However, the very talented Abby Travis filled in for her and didn't miss a beat. 

Unfortunately it was getting late - so they were only able to do one song for the encore. Oh well. That couldn't be helped.









Monday, May 7, 2012

2012 May 6 Pala, CA

2012 May 6 Sunday
Infinity at Pala Casino
11154 Highway 76
Pala, CA
7:30


ON THE GO

Pala is located in northern San Diego County (about 50 miles northeast of the city of San Diego - or about 110 miles southeast of Los Angeles.  In other words, a place no one ever goes to -  except maybe to visit the casinos or visit nearby Temecula.


TEMECULA
Temecula is located about 12 miles north of Pala.  Day trippers often visit Temecula to explore it's charming  Old Town, beautiful hill country and to check out some of the nearby wineries with wine tasting and dining rooms.




WHERE IT GOES DOWN

Pala Casino Spa and Resort is owned and operated by the Pala Band of Mission Indians.The casino has over 2,000 slots, table games. The Resort has a day spa, pool, 10 restaurants, 4 entertainment venues and 507 room hotel.


The Infinity Showroom opened May 6, 2011. (Formerly it was the Grand Cabaret room). The new Infinity has been enclosed and upgraded. It offers 900 seats in a intimate theater style setting. The chairs are not fixed and there are booths along the back wall for lounging and dining. It was a new high-end audio and lighting system and several high definition video screens on the walls. There is a bar facility.


GOS GET READY -

The girls took the stage at 7:45 to the music of Music to Watch  Girls By by the Bob Crewe Generation.

SET - GO!

The show was very similar to the recent show at Chumash Casino. However, instead of playing Unforgiven, they played Has the Whole World Lost It's Head?

Vacation
Tonite
How Much More
Get Up and Go
Mad About You
Lust To Love
Mother's Little Helper
Automatic
Fading Fast
Cool Jerk
Cool Places
This Town
Has the Whole World Lost It's Head
Skidmarks 
Our Lips Are Sealed
We Got The Beat
---
Walking In the Sand
Fun With Ropes
Head Over Heal


GO-GO PHOTOS!



The stage was sweet and low down. Security was loose. Fans to get as close to the stage as wanted. No problem with moving about and picture taking.


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Saturday, May 5, 2012

2012 May 3 Santa Ynez CA


2012 May 3 Thursday
3200 E. Highway 246
Chumash Casino
Santa Ynez, CA93460



ON THE GO

Santa Ynez is located in Santa Barbara County between Los Angeles and San Francisco.  It is located in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley - a 30 minute drive from Santa Barbara and just 3 miles west of picturesque community of Solvang, aka the Danish Capital of the United States.




WHERE IT GOES DOWN
The Chumash Casino Resort Hotel is owned and operated by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. The resorts has a hotel, spa and an18-and-over 24/7 casino with over 2,000 slots and video games, table games and bingo. There is a cafe/snack bar style in the back of the casino and an upscale restaurant and buffet style restaurant upstairs. No alcohol served on the casino floor. But there is plenty of smoking.

Samala Showroom


The Go-Go's performed in the Samala Showroom. This auditorium style venue has 1,300+ free standing chairs on a gently rising carpeted floor. The venue also boast having a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system. Must admit, it did sound good! No alcohol available - however guest were offered complementary coffee and water.


THE GO BEFORE THE SHOW
  • Looked for nickel slots. No such slots. Kept my nickels.
  • Checked out the merchandise.
  • Played the Go-Go trivia game. Ya... this is a real challenge.


  • Listened to an assortment of pre-show music featuring female lead singers (Heart, Bondie) etc.
HOW IT GOES
The girls took the stage at 8:15 with the music of Boys Watch the Girls Go By by the Bob Crewe Generation playing.  Love that tune!



READY - SET - GO
At first there were a couple of technical malfunctions. For one thing, Charlotte's guitar amp was not plugged in. Oops! Later there would be a couple wardrobe malfunctions.

Vacation
Tonite
How Much More
Get Up and Go
Mad About You
Lust To Love
Mother's Little Helper
Automatic
Fading Fast
Cool Jerk
Cool Places
This Town
Unforgiven
Skidmarks On My Heart
Our Lips Are Sealed
We Got the Beat
---
Walking In the Sand
Fun With Ropes
Head Over Heals





COOLEST JERK IN THE FAMILY

Some great moves from James Duke Mason

  


Before playing Our Lips Are Sealed the girls asked security to let the fans come forward and be close to the stage. Now we're talkin'!






Back out for the encore, the girls wheel Belinda back out - in a clothes hamper? Gina spins it around a bit.  Dizzy.



HIGH NOTE
  • No sloppy drunks in the audience. 
  • Fun banter between the girls.
  • Appeared to be a lot of family and friends there.
  • Great sound.
  • Belinda's attractive and colorful top!
LOW NOTE
  • No Beatnik Beat. Oh well. It as a bit warm in that room to beat out that one. 
  • Not much Gina at the mic this time. 
  • All in all - a very good show!
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