Go-Go's Reunion Tour Set for Summer '99

November 18, 1998 12:00 AM ET

The Go-Go's have decided to take a holiday from their second permanent "vacation" and reunite in their original line-up for a North American tour this summer.

"We thought we'd never work together again because of the infighting," says Go-Go's guitarist Jane Wiedlin. "Now we all realize we had a special thing and we shouldn't throw it away."

The band -- singer Belinda Carlisle, bassist Kathy Valentine, drummer Gina Schock, guitarist/keyboardist Charlotte Caffey and Wiedlin -- will embark on a six-week, thirty-date tour of mid-size venues and state fairs beginning no earlier than June 10, 1999, according to Miles Copeland, founder of I.R.S. Records (the group's now-defunct label) and Carlisle's current manager.

Wiedlin recently met with Caffey, with whom she stays in close contact, and Copeland, who's planning the tour, to discuss the reunion jaunt and the future of the band. "We're seriously discussing cutting new tracks, but there won't be an album-full of new Go-Go's songs," Copeland says. "We may just repackage one of the old records and add some new songs."

This tour will mark the third Go-Go's reunion of the Nineties, following a brief stint supporting a 1990 greatest hits collection and a longer excursion following the release of 1994's double-disc retrospective Return to the Valley of the Go-Go's. Caffey had to bow out of the 94/'95 tour early due to pregnancy, however, but former Bangles guitarist Vicki Peterson filled her shoes. Three new tracks were included on Return to the Valley, and there was talk at the time of a possible new album, but nothing ever materialized and the members returned to other projects, including Carlisle's solo album A Woman and a Man and the self-titled effort from Wiedlin's band, Frosted.

The forthcoming tour is not the only news buzzing around the Go-Go's camp these days: The band was recently approached by directors Ted and Amanda Demme to do a Go-Go's movie. The flick won't necessarily be a full-scale documentary, but rather will focus on the band's public and private lives in one pre-reunion period. Since the movie won't likely hit screens until the year 2000, the girls will concentrate on making history next summer.

"We have this heritage that we can either have fun with, or wait and in ten or twenty years we'll be old fuckin' ladies," Wiedlin says with a laugh. "It's a big honor that people still want to hear us. There are so many bands from our era that no one wants to hear, and I feel really lucky. We still have a unique place in history, and no one can take it away from us."

As far as the friction that caused the Go-Go's to break up the first time in May '85, Wiedlin was hesitant to discuss it. "I'm looking forward to burying the hatchet with everyone, having fun and getting onstage to play obnoxious guitar -- that's what I love to do."

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