Why the Go-Go’s got upset about their Rock Hall induction
The question of whether the Go-Go’s would be able to perform at the next Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony has finally been asked. Thresher Gina Schock told UCR in an exclusive interview that although they were initially “knocked down” everything is settled and all five members will be in attendance.
When this year’s inductees were initially announced in May, fans realized that Go-Go singer Belinda Carlisle was already booked for a solo performance abroad on October 30, the same night the group was on. devoted.
Schock says they acted quickly to eradicate the problem. âOh my God, we have been overthrown,â she told UCR. âBelinda was bowled over. She was having a seizure. But we left it to management to take care of it. I just tried to get it out of my head, because I wouldn’t let myself go in there.
Calling it a âonce in a lifetime event,â the drummer knew there was no point in getting excited about the conflict. “You do all that stress and worry and then it sort of takes care of itself, doesn’t it?” ” she laughs. “It’s like that with just about everything with this group.”
Foo Fighters guitarist Pat Smear verified the band’s name in a recent Rolling stone interview, recalling that the Germs, the Los Angeles punk band in which he cut his teeth, shared an unsavory reputation with the Go-Go’s, who were starting their hotly contested rise to stardom but continued to fight in local clubs .
âWhen the Germs started we were known as the worst band with the worst musicians on the LA scene,â Smear told the magazine. “We got better and the Go-Go’s won that title, which I love about this year’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductions.”
âYou know, he knows, we all come from that punk scene. No one gave us any props back then, but we were part of an exploding scene, âsays Schock. âWe continued to have more and more subscribers and we continued to train more and more. We just got better and better at what we did. Things just started to happen.
Decades later, both sides have the final say, as the Go-Go’s clinch their Rock Hall induction at the same time as Smear enters as a member of the Foo Fighters.
Schock makes no apologies for the group’s beginnings – quite fitting for a bunch of punks – a philosophy that remains an important part of their DNA. âWe were just what we were. We couldn’t be anything else. We weren’t great musicians, âshe says. âWe didn’t try to pretend we were. We were just gonna take the stage, play our songs and have a good time [and] interact with the public.
That the wrong notes were damned didn’t matter to their fans, who took what they were doing big time. âOur audiences have always loved everything we do,â says Schock. “You know Belinda is singing out of tune, so what the fuck!” No one cared.
âIt still happens,â she adds. “No one is perfect, you know? “
Avid photographer from her early days of going to her favorite bands – a dizzying roster that includes The Who, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, and almost every other classic rock band you could name – Schock kept his camera busy all through. long years of glory. from his own group too.
Made in Hollywood: Unlimited Access with Go-Go’s presents four decades of moments from his collection, coupled with written memories of Schock, his bandmates and his musical peers. As actress Jodie Foster describes in her own recollections for the book, the group had fun during their reign of terror in the ’80s. “It was an instant sleepover with those wild, lousy girls,” writes- she.
The Go-Go’s released âClub Zero,â their first new music in nearly 20 years, last year, in connection with a documentary about the group. They have shows on the bridge later this year after the Rock Hall induction, and Schock admits that she’s still surprised at how the group is moving forward, overcoming any farewell plans or any obstacles that might arise.
âIt won’t go away,â she says, examining how achievements and projects continue to build and add to the group’s legacy. âWe are a family and we are close. We really are. We put up with a lot of bullshit from each other, but at the end of the day, we always sort things out and work together. We really do. Everyone in this group cares about each other, I think.
It’s the music that ultimately fuels those everlasting friendships, melting away any tense moments. âIt fades away when you walk into the room with someone, pick up your instrument and start playing,â she says. âYou start to smile and feel good. Like, that’s what we’re here to do, let’s do it!
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