27 May 2011
On The Go!
I drove out from Los Angeles to Las Vegas Friday morning. Got an early start since it was the start of the Memorial Day weekend. Traffic started out light but it beefed up considerably as the drive progressed. 4 1/2 hours I arrived!
I arrived in Sin City around 1 p.m. and check into the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
The hotel gave me two complimentary Go-Go tickets as part of a promotional weekend rate. They also gave me two free drink tickets. Such a deal! But I didn't need the extra tickets since I had already purchased the Premium VIP ticket package. But I would use the drink tickets later.
What Happens in Vegas -
After checking in I checked out the hotel layout and the great outdoors. Gorgeous! Never stayed here before but must say they have a very impressive pool system. They've got a great wave pool, lazy river pool, three swimming pools - one with real beach sand! All this was appreciated since it was 95 degrees out that day. They had many cabanas and day beds for rent. Finding a free empty chaises lounges was a challenge. There was a nice open-air bar and grill and, of course, a beach-side casino.
The Stage at the Beach
Meet & Greet
For the show I had purchased the premium VIP ticket - which included a Go-Go meet & greet - I was told to pick up a special VIP pass at the ticket booth at 7:30 on the night of the show.
The GoGo meet-up was to take place at 7:45, and don't be late. There were only a few other fans doing this meet-up (maybe 7 + -) - so that was nice. A hotel staffers took us to the Mandalay Bay Beach 'Snack Shack' - where the Go-Go's were hanging out before the show. Before we went inside a Go-Go helper guy (Art) told us how to behave ourselves once we go inside. While he did this, Kathy came outside and greeted us personally! - which was very cool of her. Art told us things like "no candid pictures, 'we could take only one photo each with them' , and 'they would sign only one thing from each of us' - and we should make it all happen quick.
Before show meet & greet place
Hot outside - but inside the Shack it was all very Go-Go cool. Us VIP fans got a big Go-Go welcome! The GoGos were all so warm and gracious. I just wanted to just give them one big group hug. We talked, we laughed, we cried like we were the best of friends. The Go's all signed the stuff we brought and took pictures with us.
As usual- in these types of situations - I was pretty tongue tied. I just wanted to thank them for all the great years they have given us fans and I thanked them for doing this summer tour. I begged them to never quit. After all, they are at the top of there game! So again - I'd like to ship boat-load of Thank Yous to all the Go-Go's.
How it Goes
I took my position in about a foot of water in front of the stage. I was thankful it was a warm night, though my feet were a bit wrinkly from being in the water so long. I chatted with some other familiar GoGo fans and we swapped old Go-Go stories. I shared my recently captured GoGo photo with from the Meet & Greet.
All us fans anxiously waited. This was the first show of their summer tour. We all had no clue what the set list was or what song would be first.
They GoGo's took the stage around 8:15. The joyous fans sang along, danced and splashed in the pool as a beach ball bounded overhead. They sounded brilliant - of course they would.
VacationToniteHow Much MoreGet Up and GoMad About YouLust to LoveMother's Little HelperAutomaticFading FastSkidmarks On My HeartFun With RopesUnforgivenCool PlacesHead Over HealsGet Got the BeatSurfing & Spying/Beatnick Beat (mash-up)This TownDriving In My CarAre Lips Are Sealed30th Anniversary of Beauty and The Beat
Finally! after 2 1/2 years the Go-Go's are back! Thankful they are still together and still touring! Loved the Meet & Greet! Loved the set list. No boring opening band.
The stage was kinda high up, so not able to get too close. Wished Gina could have talked to the audience a bit. Looked like Jane had a bit of a cold. Hope you feel better. Actually, there were no low notes.
Show Memorabilia and Take Away