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New projects show Go-Go's still got the beat

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It's been a long time -- since 2001's "God Bless the Go-Go's" -- that the Go-Go's have had anything new to talk about. But the group hopes the change that soon.

The all-female band that broke through in 1981 with hits such as "We Got the Beat" and "Our Lips Are Sealed" have two major new projects in the works, one involving its old music and one involving fresh studio work. For the former, Tony Award winner Jeff Whitty ("Avenue Q," "Bring It On") has signed on to write the book for a musical based on the Go-Go's songs, which is being produced by Gwyneth Paltrow and Donovan Leitch, among others. The production, tentatively titled "Head Over heels," will be based on works by British poet Sir Philip Sidney and is slated to debut at this year's Oregon Shakespeare Festival before moving to Broadway.

"Omigod, how insane is that?" says drummer Gina Schock. "We've talked to so many people about musicals, about a TV series about films about the band -- everything from A to Z, as you can imagine. But this one is just falling into place so beautifully. We're pretty psyched 'cause we have a really bad-ass team, and it's full-steam ahead."

Schock says the Go-Go's have new music on the horizon as well. After its run on this summer's Replay America 80s package tour, the group will be hitting the studio with hitmaker Linda Perry for writing sessions Schock says will be exploratory, but hopefully productive.

"Hopefully the chemistry is right," says the Baltimore-born Schock, 54, who's written songs for Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez during the interim. "We adore and respect her, and if the chemistry's right we're going to write some songs and she's going to produce them and we'll keep going from there.

"We're pretty excited because Linda is obviously so incredibly talented and she's a lovely girl and a great soul. We haven't done this since probably 1980, where we all sat in a room and somebody comes up with an idea and we all work on stuff together. So fingers crossed that it works as well this time as it did back then."

Replay America with the Go-Go's Patty Smyth & Scandal, Martha Davis & the Motels and Naked Eyes featuring Pete Byrne

7:30 p.m. Monday, July 14

DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road east of I-75, Independence Township

Tickets are $20-$39.50 pavilion, $15 lawn with a $44 lawn four-pack

Call 248-377-0100 or visit www.palacenet.com

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