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

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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