June 11, 2010
A roundup of Friday morning's arts and entertainment headlines: Shakira and company kick off the World Cup in Africa. ( Los Angeles Times) Hollywood prepares for "Clash of the Titans 2." (Los Angeles Times) Gary Coleman still isn't interred. (Los Angeles Times) The Go-Go's have to cancel their farewell tour after Jane Wiedlin falls during a hike. (Jane Wiedlin.com) John Goodman is losing weight. (Huffington Post) Conan O'Brien records a rockabilly album.
June 3, 2010 |
The rise and fall of the Go-Go's is well known — and well televised. One month after the single "Our Lips Are Sealed" came out in 1981, MTV was launched and songs from the double-platinum "Beauty and the Beat" were soon in constant video rotation. But if the ascent was quick, so was the downfall. In 1983 — just two albums later — guitarist Jane Wiedlin left to go solo. Lead singer Belinda Carlisle followed suit, eventually releasing pop hits like "Mad About You" and "Heaven Is a Place on Earth."
February 13, 1997 |
Saturday night at the Troubadour wasn't just another night in Rockersville. The elusive Paul Westerberg made an appearance and the audience was all abuzz with excitement. Seems the former Replacements frontman and current cult icon--who came out to see Jane Wiedlin's Frosted, Redd Kross (performing an unannounced set) and Shonen Knife--rarely spends a night on the town. "The fact that he was willing to go out to a crowded club in Los Angeles on a Saturday night says something about the bands . .
October 26, 1990 |
The Scene: Party at the Hollywood Tropicana on Western Avenue--famed home of female mud wrestling--after Billy Idol's concert at the Forum Wednesday night. A law of physics about substances seeking their own level applies here.
July 18, 1997
In its infancy, the Los Angeles band That Dog was all about stamping out pop conventions, a goal that limited its audience to an iconoclastic few. From the opening chords of its show at the Roxy on Wednesday, however, the band embraced the "fa-la-la" vocals and muscular yet catchy pop of its new album, "Retreat From the Sun," delivering it to a new, far bigger crowd.
November 22, 1994 |
Reclaiming the concert stage after a nearly 10-year absence (discounting a 1990 mini-tour), the Go-Go's kicked off a tour on Sunday at the Coach House that hits the Wiltern Theatre on Dec. 1 and 2. In the early '80s, the Los Angeles quintet first proved that an all-female rock band could be successful--topping the charts with their dolled-up garage rock.