Go-Go's Get Their Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!
6650-56 Hollywood Blvd (SWC Hollywood & Cherokee)
(Across the street from Musso & Frank Grill)
11 :30 a.m.
On the Go
This location was easy. Just down the hill for me.
SWC of Hollywood and Cherokee
Hollywood Center Building
This historically significant corner is also right across the street from my favorite restaurant - Musso & Frank!
In the basement of the building was a dingy, dank underground basement club called theMasque. Back in 1978 - 1979 this was ground zero of Hollywood's emerging punk rock scene.
Access to the Masque was from the alley in back. It was here the young fledgling Go-Go's hung out, honed their chops and played their first show!
How it Goes
I arrived for the ceremony at 10 a.m. My mistake. Should have got here way earlier to secure a place at the railing.
Everyone waited with quiet anticipation and excitement. Out of towners wondering the Boulevard were pleasantly surprised by the event about to take place. Storefront mannequins at Betty Page retro clothing store located in back of the star's location were decked out for the occasion.
Before the unveiling of the star - there was the obligatory preliminary introductions emceed by Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President Leron Gubler.
However - Events like this make one miss long time Hollywood honorary mayor Johnny Grant - RIP.
Each Go-Go (Belinda Carlisle, Jane Wiedlin, Gina Schock, Charlotte Caffey and Kathy Valentine) took a turn at the microphone to express their appreciation.
Lead singer Belinda Carlisle gave a shout-out to the Go-Go's early manager Ginger Canzoneri - who was there for the ceremony.
Jane Wiedlin (who wore a blond Monroe-ish style wig, pearls and a '50's-ish Betty Paige dress for the occasion - reflected:
We loved the Hollywood Walk of Fame even then. In our wildest dreams, we could never have dreamed our little band would get a star on the Walk of Fame. The ac of the Go-Go's story could not be more of a fairy tale. From our humble origins on this spot to the giddy ride to stardom, culminating in a sold-out show at the Hollywood Bowl just a few blocks away - and now 30 years later to be honored with a star. Let's just say it's a story that proves that truth is really stranger than fiction.
Posing for pictures!
Unveiling the star!
Let's take a peek!
After ceremony ceremony.
Hugs and kisses from family and friends +0+0
After ceremony party for family, VIP's and the fans who made it all possible - was at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel where the Go-Go's also played one of their earliest shows way back when.
After ceremony party for us non-VIPs was down the block at the Velvet Margarita.
Thanks Jane for the invite!