Busting out of Hollywood in the late 1970s with a song that may not be too politically-correct by today’s standards, Belinda Carlisle and the Go-Gos took the early-MTV world by storm. The LA New Wave band would eventually become known more for their Power Pop tunes, attaining the distinction of being the first #1 album by an all-female band who wrote their own music and played their own instruments.
Late seventies’ SoCal offered up the all-girl power pop band that would go on to become one of the best-selling outfits of the early 1980s. The band, formed by four young, attractive Los Angelenos, got heavy rotation on early MTV; their 1981 debut album, Beauty and the Beat, steadily climbed to Billboard’s #1 album, where it stayed for six consecutive weeks. Buoyed by Carlisle’s sculpted cheek bones, her effervescent energy and distinctive voice, The Go-Gos saw their debut album become one of the most successful freshman efforts of all time. Spawning several hits such as “We Got The Beat” and “Our Lips Are Sealed,” many of the songs still remain in heavy rotation on ’80s-styled radio stations.
Their 1982 follow-up, Vacation, went Gold and gave the world the water-skiing Go-Gos in a video that seemingly played 24/7 on MTV.
As the eighties marched on and musical tastes changed, the band eventually shuttered. Ms. Carlisle embarked on a very successful solo career, launching hits such as “Mad About You,” “Circle in the Sand,” and “Heaven is a Place on Earth.”
Carlisle, who divides her time between Europe and a home in the U.S., has lent her persona to various non-profits. Animal Rights causes have benefited from the pop queen’s participation in concerts that have benefited PETA and animal-rights foundations around the globe. Straying away from years of alcohol, drug and nicotine use, she now practices a “clean” life of yoga, vegetarianism and Buddhist teachings.
Carlisle will play the “Cathedral Concerts” series at Trinity Cathedral on April 5th in a rare solo appearance. This is the first time Carlisle has played NEO in several years; a Cleveland appearance at last year’s Gay Games was abruptly cancelled due to inclement weather the day of the outdoor show.
General seating tickets are priced at $55 and VIP seating is $65. Limited standing room tickets are $49.50. All tickets can be purchased at www.ticketweb.com, www.ticketmaster.com or at the Cathedral Concerts box office (located at 23400 Mercantile Road, Suite #10, Beachwood, Ohio 44122).
Fans can also purchase tickets by phone at 1 (866) 468-3401.