The Go-Go's are currently on their "Ladies Gone Wild" Tour to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the release of their huge debut album, Beauty and the Beat. I caught their set on Good Morning America on the 3rd. Watching Jane, Gina, Kathy, and Charlotte play gave me a smile. But I found it difficult to watch Belinda after reading her book, Lips Unsealed.
I had recently read Runaways Lead Vocalist Cherie Currie's book, Neon Angel. Anticipating a similar story, I picked up Belinda Carlisle's memoir. They were both lead singers in all-female rock bands from the Hollywood area in the late-seventies. They both had their battles within their bands and with drugs. They both got themselves into horrible situations due to bad choices. The big difference is that I think Cherie learned from all of it and grew. Cherie counseled teens about drugs, and is now a chainsaw artist, carving beautiful statues. Belinda never seemed to take any personal responsibility. Now she is being propped up by another Go-Go's tour.
And the Go-Go's are a good band. Our Lips Are Sealed, Vacation and Head Over Heels are great songs. I drummed along to We Got the Beat in a summer camp talent show. But they are way too 'pop' for KJRW.