Three reasons to see the Replay America/Go-Go's tour this summer
So you think the era of the "Big '80s Tours" is over? Hardly. Kiss and Def Leppard are oddly matched for a tour this summer. Howard Jones, Thompson Twins frontman Tom Bailey and Ultra Vox's Midge Ure headline the 13-date Retro Futura tour (formerly known as the Regeneration Tour). But I still think the can't-miss ticket might just be the Replay America tour, which begins at Clearwater's Ruth Eckerd Hall on Saturday, July 5.
The Replay America tour features the Go-Go's and several other '80s hitmakers. Wait, I know what you're saying. The Go-Go's -- we've seen them a lot lately. Didn't they just play a free show at St. Pete's Tropicana Field a few years ago? Weren't they playing short gigs at Epcot's Food & Wine Fest just last fall? Still, there are three good reasons for you to catch the Replay America tour.
1. THE GO-GO'S ARE A QUARTET NOW: Bassist Kathy Valentine is gone! She split from the band last spring and launched a lawsuit claiming she wasn't getting her full one-fifth of the band's royalties. The band in return asked her to stop any badmouthing of the group in social media and interviews. Bassist Abby Travis has been filling in for the band on the road. The band also was just inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame. It'll be an interesting time to catch the girls on stage.
2. THE SUPPORTING ACTS ARE AMAZING: So you're not a Go-Go's fan? No worries. The other bands are amazing live and include Patty Smyth of Scandal (Goodbye to You, The Warrior), Naked Eyes (Always Something There To Remind Me, Promises Promises) and Martha Davis & The Motels (Take The L, Suddenly Last Summer). That's six great hits right there (and a bunch more you've forgotten). Can you name six hits by the Go-Go's?
3. THE FORGOTTEN HITS: The Go-Go's had four Top 20 hits, and seven overall Top 100 hits, but the band dips into their solo careers usually for some gems such as Cool Places (Jane Wiedlin's song with Sparks) and Belinda Carlisle's Mad About You. Plus, both Scandal and Naked Eyes have a slew of other tunes just as good as their better-known hits. You'll be huge fans of both when the show is over. And you'll remember why you were stuck in the '80s in the first place.