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Belinda Carlisle's Still On The Go-Go

Of the Oakland Press

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It’s been a sobering year for Belinda Carlisle. She turned 50. And her band, the Go-Go’s, is eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

“Yeah, it went really fast, I have to say,” says Carlisle, who fronted the band best known for early ’80s hits such as “We Got the Beat,” “Our Lips are Sealed” and “Vacation.” “We’ve been together since 1978, so that’s 30 years. In some ways it’s gone fast, in some ways it hasn’t.

“But, yeah, it’s bizarre to say I’m one of those dinosaurs I used to complain about back in the ’70s.”

The Go-Go’s remain together and play a small number of shows, including corporate gigs, each year, and Carlisle says she can feel things “winding down.” She’s not a big fan of farewell tours, but she says that she doesn’t expect that any of the five members will shed too many tears when the group does call it a day.

“I’m not sad about it at all,” says Carlisle, who resides in France and released an album of French music, “Voila,” in 2007. “I think we have a couple more years in us, but when all of us decide it’s ... time, I don’t think any of us will be sad. I think we’ll all walk away with amazing memories and amazing experiences.

“And all of us have very full lives outside of music, too. I think it’s just the end of one chapter in a very large book for all of us.”

Belinda Carlisle performs as part of the Regeneration Tour, 7 p.m. Sunday (Aug. 24) at the DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township. Human League, ABC, A Flock of Seagulls and Naked Eyes are also on the bill. Tickets are $34.50 pavilion, $10 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com.

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