From their halcyon days as America's sweethearts to their current status as superstars who pioneered a genre, The Go-Go’s preside over an amazing three-decade reign as high pop priestesses. Join Silver Legacy in welcoming The Go-Go’s to the Grande Exposition Hall stage on Saturday, December 28th at 8 p.m.
The internationally-loved pop hit-makers helped cement the foundation of the early 80's pop-rock sound without the aid of outside composers, session players or, most importantly, creative compromise. From their very first show, The Go-Go's sang and played their own songs, offering five feisty role models for a generation of ready-to-rock girls and good, hooky fun for pop-loving guys.
Their story truly is a punk version of the American Dream. They came, they saw and they conquered the charts, the airwaves and, with their kicky kitsch appeal, pop culture in general. For a while, the band was virtually inescapable: TV guest shots, magazine covers, high-profile concert tours and movie offers turned The Go-Go’s into certified rock stars. Their sparking California pop appealed to an astonishingly wide cross-section of music fans.
Because of -- or maybe in spite of -- all this attention, they soared to become a pop phenomenon while having a lot of fun and blazing a brand-new trail -- for the DIY ethic in general, and women in music, in particular. Their self-contained battle cry was a string of irresistibly catchy, self-penned pop singles featuring infectious vocals, loud, punk rock guitars and sweet backing vocals, all slammed home with throbbing bass and a big 60’s beat.
But really, how could anyone who loves real music not love The Go-Go's? They melded the timeless songcraft of The Beatles, a defiant punk attitude, the blitzkrieg bombast of The Ramones, the deceptively dangerous allure of Blondie, the distinct personalities of The Monkees, 60s garage-band grit, good-girl wall-of-sound schmaltz, and a touch of 70s glam, all while creating a canon of work that deftly defined the spirited 80’s sound. Even more astonishing is the fact that they merged all of those grand influences into streamlined MTV stardom -- without sounding overtly dated. Quite a feat, but then The Go-Go's are quite a band.
The double-platinum-awarded Beauty And The Beat reached number one and begat Vacation in ‘82 and Talk Show in ‘84 during the ladies' charming reign of chart and radio smashes. And, like any truly classic rock band, their enduring hits including “Vacation,” “Head Over Heels” and “Turn To You” live on in countless compilations, movie soundtracks, remakes and, yes, even a string of very successful television commercials.
In '94 the rejuvenated musicians contributed three new songs and extensive liner notes for the career-retrospective Return To The Valley of The Go-Go's. The band had also returned to sporadic touring by that time, occasionally revisiting the frivolity of the early 80's on stage while depressing grunge continued to rule rock radio.
In 2011, thirty impressive years after their Album Beauty and the Beat reached Number One status, a 30th Anniversary deluxe edition was released. Having clearly made an imprint on the fickle music industry, the Go-Go’s had proven that they had staying power, and in August of 2011, were invited to make a bigger impression as they were honored with a Star on the world-famous Walk of Fame in Hollywood.
A year later, celebrating another incredible 30-year landmark, the Go-Go’s included a very special venue on their 2012, the famous Hollywood Bowl. In 1982, after the release of Vacation, they sold out the Hollywood Bowl. In 2012, proving again that their sound is legend, they again played at the Bowl, with another impressive sell-out under their collective belts.
Today, The Go-Go's live shows continue to deliver every bit of the raw energy of their now-legendary punk beginnings, tempered with the wisdom of three decades of pop perfection.
Come for an evening of music on Friday, December 28 at 8 p.m. at Silver Legacy’s Grande Exposition Hall. Tickets are available for $49.50 with premium seating available for $59.50. To reserve seats visit www.silverlegacy.com or www.ticketmasters.com or call 1-800-MUST-SEE (687-8733) OR 775-325-7401. You can find more information and the latest updates on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and the Silver Legacy iPhone, iPad and Android Apps.