Ahh! My lips are unsealed!
Ok. Calm down. It’s not like I have been wanting to see The Go-Gos on tour since high-school or anything….
Dreams do come true! And they are coming to Seattle!
So, in case you are not “in the know” yet, for The Go-Gos’ 30th anniversary of “Beauty And The Beat” they will be touring, releasing a special hot pink, limited edition vinyl, and just radiating general awesome all around. Plus, they are getting their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! About time!
This summer The Go-Gos will revisit all their hits for a new generation to “get the beat.” Speaking of this new generation, they are also involved in Girl Scouts Rock! Powered by Roland, featuring music and education workshops, much like Girls Rock Camps. If it wasn’t for groups like The Go-Gos, I may never have realized that I myself could pick up a guitar and make my voice heard. I owe much of my personal persona and guitar antics to Jane Wiedlin.
The Go-Go’s (Belinda Carlisle, Charlotte Caffey, Gina Schock, Jane Wiedlin and Kathy Valentine) carry on the tradition of women in rock, both past and present. They pioneered catchy, surfy, and fun-loving rock n’ roll, with style and sass in the 1980s. Now, amidst all the current ’80s nostalgia, it is a pleasure to see them reuniting to tour.
Stay tuned via their website for more tour dates, special VIP packages, and when you can buy a vinyl reissue of “Beauty and the Beat.”
Tour Dates below:
|05/29/11||Hershey, PA||Hershey Theater|
|06/01/11||Morristown, NJ||Community Theater at Mayo Center for the Performing Arts|
|06/03/11||New York, NY||Irving Plaza|
|06/04/11||Atlantic City, NJ||House of Blues|
|06/05/11||Mashantucket, CT||MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods|
|06/07/11||Westbury, NY||Theater at Westbury|
|06/09/11||Boston, MA||Bank of America Pavilion (w/ the B-52s)|
|06/10/11||Vienna, VA||Wolf Trap for the Performing Arts/The Filene Center|
|06/11/11||Orlando, FL||Universal Studios Florida – Music Plaza Stage|
|06/14/11||Apple Valley, MN||Zoo Amphitheater|
|06/16/11||Clarkston, MI||DTE Energy Music Theater (w/ the B-52s)|
|06/17/11||Highland Park, IL||Ravinia Festival (w/ the B-52s)|
|06/18/11||Kettering, OH||Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts (w/ the B-52s)|
|8/12/11||Vancouver, BC||Commodore Ballroom|
|8/13/11||Portland, OR||Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre|
|8/14/11||Seattle, WA||Woodland Park Zoo|
|8/16/11||San Francisco, CA||The Fillmore|
|8/17/11||Los Angeles, CA||The Greek Theater|
|8/20/11||Temecula, CA||Pechanga Resort & Casino|
|8/24/11||Denver, CO||Ogden Theater|
|8/26/11||Dallas, TX||House of Blues|
|8/27/11||Houston, TX||House of Blues|
|8/28/11||Austin, TX||Paramount Theater|
Well gee finally!
Considering most inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been (and continue to be) men, it is nice that the place is starting to recognize the contributions women have made and continue to make to music. Their new exhibit entitled “Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power” will open on May 13, 2011.
You can check out some images from the exhibit here.
Despite the lack of (que Aretha) respect given to female artists, I hope this exhibit will be a permanent or constantly updating, featuring, and a changing part of the museum, and not just a token display. A permanent exhibit would really give women the props they deserve. If it’s not permanent, it continues the notion that “women who rock” aren’t really normal, that “women in rock” are just a fluke. So, now that we “honored” women, back to our regular man-rocker 24/7 coverage.
From what I can tell from the website, the display will feature women in music from the 1920s with artists like Bessie Smith to current rockers like Lady Gaga. The features will include outfits worn by these women (I hope that isn’t the bulk of the exhibit….seriously these women are musicians, not models!) handwritten song lyrics, videos, concert posters, instruments, ect. You can also record your own personal message in a recording both on how these women have shaped or impacted your life.
The exhibit will also kick off with a concert featuring the one and only Wanda Jackson and Cyndi Lauper. I am going to try my hardest to make this opening just to see those two on stage. What magic! What legends!
So, while I have some reservations as to if this exhibit will meet the standards of professional admiration, respect, and exposure for female artists that male artists receive, I am hopeful it will at least continue to remind people that women rock, and always have. While we don’t need a museum to validate our art, we will know we truly have gained what we deserve when they don’t have a special exhibit for “women who rock,” but when women are just a regular part of the museum.
Photo via The Runaways.