Instead of going the route of singer Belinda Carlisle, who will appear nude in the August issue of Playboy, her Go-Go's bandmates are taking a more traditional approach to promoting the group's first new album in 17 years they're going on tour.
Carlisle and the rest of the band singer/guitarist Jane Wiedlin, guitarist Charlotte Caffey, drummer Gina Schock and bassist Kathy Valentine released God Bless the Go-Go's last week, and it'll debut at #57 on next week's Billboard 200 albums chart. The tour kicks off Friday at the WPLJ-FM Summer Blast Off show in New York.
"Unforgiven," the album's first single, was co-written by Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, who also plays guitar and provides background vocals on the track (see "Go-Go's, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong Pairing On Single").
The Go-Go's known for such hits as "We Got the Beat," "Vacation" and "Head Over Heels" haven't released a new album since 1984's Talk Show, but they have regrouped several times over the years to tour and release best-of collections.
Go-Go's tour dates, according to their spokesperson:
- 5/25 - New York, NY @ WPLJ-FM radio show
- 5/27 - Tampa, FL @ WSSR-FM radio show
- 5/28 - Buffalo, NY @ WKSE-FM radio show
- 5/30 - St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
- 6/22 - New York, NY @ Central Park SummerStage
- 7/3 - St. Paul, MN @ Taste of Minnesota
- 7/4 - Atlantic City, NJ @ Trump Taj Mahal
- 7/5 - Mashantucket, CT @ Foxwoods Casino
- 7/7 - Chicago, IL @ Taste of Chicago
- 7/8 - Danbury, CT @ Charles Ives Concert Park
- 7/10 - Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart's
- 7/12 - Milwaukee, WI @ WMYX-FM radio show
- 7/13 - Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
- 7/14 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Iron City Light Amphitheatre
- 7/16 - Charlotte, NC @ WLNK-FM radio show
- 7/19 - Boston, MA @ FleetBoston Pavilion
- 7/20 - Baltimore, MD @ The Pier
- 7/25 - Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
- 7/27 - Sunrise, FL @ Sunrise Musical Theatre
- 7/28 - Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live