Go-Go’s to Celebrate Rock Hall Induction With Brief Tour

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The Go-Go’s (Photo: Chris Cuffaro; used with permission)

The Go-Go’s have announced 2021-2022 dates to celebrate the band’s upcoming induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The concerts include intimate shows in San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego, plus New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day performances in Las Vegas. (Given that dates in 2020 in other markets had previously been scheduled, it’s anticipated that the group will follow these concerts with a lengthier tour.) They’ve also been tapped as the opening act for Billy Idol’s brief U.K. tour in June 2022, the group’s first U.K. tour in 26 years.

“We really missed seeing and playing for our fans and we are happy we can experience and enjoy live music with each other once again. We are looking forward to celebrating and bringing in a brighter new year with everyone,” the band said in the announcement.

The Go-Go’s are the first multi-platinum-selling, all-female band to play their own instruments, write their own songs and reach #1 on the U.S. album chart.

Rooted in the early L.A. punk scene, the group’s core lineup is Charlotte Caffey (lead guitar, keyboards, vocals), Belinda Carlisle (lead vocals), Gina Schock (drums, percussion, vocals), Kathy Valentine (bass guitar, vocals) and Jane Wiedlin (guitar, vocals).

The Go-Go’s rose to fame following the release of their 1981 debut album, Beauty and the Beat, a collection of infectious tracks with huge hooks, which topped the Billboard chart for six consecutive weeks. It includes the favorites “Our Lips Are Sealed” and “We Got the Beat” and resulted in a Grammy® nomination for Best New Artist.

On October 30, the Go-Go’s will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside Tina Turner, Carole King, Jay-Z, Foo Fighters and Todd Rundgren in the Class of 2021.

Gina Schock and Kathy Valentine (Photo: Gina Schock, from her book, Made in Hollywood: All Access With the Go-Go’s)

In 2020 the band released their documentary, The Go-Go’s, which premiered at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews, achieving a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Directed by Alison Ellwood, the candid and archive-rich documentary assesses the group’s place in music and the first to set the record straight about their historical ascent to global stardom. Watch the trailer below.

Related: Our review of the documentary

In 2020, the Go-Go’s also released their first new recording in nearly 20 years, “Club Zero.” Valentine released her memoir in 2020. Schock will publish a coffee table photo book, Made in Hollywood: All Access With the Go-Go’s, on Oct. 26.

“I truly had no idea that I was to become the Go-Go’s archivist,” says Schock. “I’ve always loved photography, so taking photos of the band was a natural process.”

The Go-Go’s 2021-2022 Tour (Tickets are available here)

Dec 28 – San Francisco, CA – SF Masonic Auditorium
Dec 29 – Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft Theater
Dec 31 – Las Vegas, NV – The Venetian Theatre
Jan 01 – Las Vegas, NV – The Venetian Theatre
Jan 03 – San Diego, CA – Civic Theatre

Billy Idol – The Roadside Tour
Jun 11 – Glasgow – SSE Hydro
Jun 13 – Manchester – AO Arena
Jun 15 – Birmingham – Resorts World Arena
Jun 18 – London – SSE Arena
Jun 19 – Cardiff – Motorpoint Arena
Jun 21 – Leeds – First Direct Arena

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