14 July 2006
The Greek Theater
My ticket stub
The 25th Anniversary Show of Beauty and the Beat
my album sleeve
THE GET GO - Drat! I did not have a ticket. Tickets had gone really fast for this show. The only seats available were way in way the back section. jeez...So - I gambled on getting a better 'return tickets' on the day of the show at the box office. This strategy had always worked for me before.
My daughter and I got to the Greek box office around 1pm. They had nothing. Check back later. We did checked back later around 3pm and again around 5pm. Still nothing. This was dangerously close to show time. We could even hear them doing a sound check. This didn't help matters. It all sounded good to me.
Finally - around 7pm, we got a couple of decent seats about a third of the way back. Thank you. Much better than what they were offering earlier.
FOR STARTERS -MORNINGWOOD. Energetic and fun. My daughter really liked them.
HOW IT GOES - They really looked and sounded great. As Jane Wiedlin put it, "We may have some junk in our trunks, but we think we're hot."
The show was approximately 90 minutes of pure energy.
They began with their classic hit Our Lips are Sealed." They performed their first clasic album "Beauty and the Beat" in its entirety - including such classics as: We Got the Beat, "Lust to Love, Automatic" and "Skidmarks on My Heart." Great album indeed!
Other crowd favorites included Vacation and Head Over Heels. During Cool Jerk a not so cool jerk from the audience made his way up on the stage and did "the jerk."
They played a tight set with perfect 3-part harmonies. Gina Schock's drumming was tight and as powerful as ever. This helped keep it all together.
The set ended with a powerful cover of the Shangri-Las' classic "Remember (Walking in the Sand)." Remember indeed!
NOTE WORTHYSET LIST
Our Lips Are Sealed
How Much More
Lust to Love
We Got the Beat
You Can't Walk In Your Sleep
Skidmarks On My Heart
Can't Stop the World
Head Over Heels
Get Up and Go
Throw Me a Curve
Stuck in My Car
Walking in the Sand
HIGH NOTES - The GOGO's kicked up version Belinda's '80's solo hit Mad About You. You Go girls!
- They played Beauty and The Beat from start to finish plus a few other favorites.
- Lots of energy, very impressive show for such a large, outdoor venue.
- Great homecoming for the Los Angeles band.
- Very enthusiastic crowd.
- Read the flattering Los Angeles Times Article - dated July 14, 2006 - By David Keeps
- At the end of the set, Belinda Carlisle commented, Not bad for a bunch of old broads, eh?
LOW NOTES - The show lost momentum when half was through film was shown which chronicled the 25 year GOGO story. Interesting, but not at this particular moment.