Go-Go's Set Dates for Reunion Tour

All-female new-wave band, known for early-'80s hits, to kick off first tour in four years July 3 in Seattle.

LOS ANGELES -- Go-Go's guitarist Jane Wiedlin isn't about to

guess whether the band's upcoming reunion tour will lead to anything

more extensive down the road.

"A Go-Go's tour is always a highly combustible experience," Wiedlin

quipped Saturday. "Maybe once we're on the road, we'll all start hating

each other again."

The Go-Go's will kick off their first concert tour in four years July 3

in Seattle. From there, the quintet -- one of the most successful

all-female bands of the late '70s-early '80s new-wave scene -- will hit

cities along the West Coast and sweep into Texas before returning to their

hometown, Los Angeles, July 17.

More dates may be added, though none has been confirmed.

Wiedlin, who hosted the Punk Rock Hall of Fame Awards in Santa Monica on

Saturday, said she's looking forward to the outing. "Going out on tour

is always fun," said the guitarist, who organized the band's first reunion

in 1990, the occasion when they recorded a cover of the Capitols' "Cool

Jerk" for their Greatest Hits album.

The pending tour will feature the classic Go-Go's lineup -- Wiedlin,

singer Belinda Carlisle, guitarist Charlotte Caffey, bassist Kathy

Valentine and drummer Gina Schock. The group saw its greatest success

with 1981's Beauty and the Beat, which sported such singles as

"We Got the Beat" (RealAudio excerpt)

and "Our Lips Are Sealed."

Vacation followed the next year and scored a top-10 hit with its

title cut. Talk Show (1984) became the group's last studio album of

all-new material and featured the songs "Head Over Heels" and "Turn to


After the Go-Go's split in 1985, Carlisle and Wiedlin each pursued solo

careers, with Carlisle earning a string of hits in the mid- and late-'80s.

Caffey performed in a group called the Graces, which released an album

titled Perfect View in 1989.

The Go-Go's last reunited in 1994 to record three new songs for the

double-disc compilation Return to the Valley of the Go-Go's. A

lengthy tour followed.

The '80s pop act Berlin, whose hit "Take My Breath Away" was featured on

the soundtrack to the film "Top Gun," will open all dates of the Go-Go's

tour. New York punk band the Lunachicks will play the first eight dates

of the outing before joining the Vans Warped Tour on July 16. Eclectic

art-pop band Sparks will play the second Los Angeles date at the Greek

Theatre on July 17.

"I'm just waiting for them to add some East Coast dates," wrote Katie

Rowe, a 22-year-old Go-Go's fan from Atlanta, Ga., in an e-mail. "I was

too young the first time around and couldn't see them [in 1994] because

I had my wisdom teeth out. This time, I REFUSE to miss out, even if I

have to hitchhike my way to Texas."

Wiedlin and Schock had a warm-up performance of sorts at Saturday's

awards show when they played two songs after accepting a hall of fame

award for "outstanding achievement in the field of punk rock." With

Wiedlin on vocals, they performed "Our Lips Are Sealed" (RealAudio excerpt)

and the first Go-Go's song ever written, the S&M-inspired "Fun With


The Go-Go's Tour Dates:

July 3; Seattle, Wash.; Summer Nights at the Pier

July 4; Portland, Ore.; Portland Meadows

July 7; San Francisco, Calif.; Maritime Hall

July 8; Los Angeles, Calif.; Greek Theatre

July 9; Santa Barbara, Calif.; Santa Barbara Bowl

July 10; Las Vegas, Nev.; House of Blues

July 11; San Diego, Calif.; SDSU Open Air Theatre

July 13; Phoenix, Ariz.; The Phoenix Celebrity

July 14; El Paso, Texas; Civic Center Grand

July 16; Dallas, Texas; Bronco Bowl

July 17; Los Angeles, Calif.; Greek Theatre