Before the Go-Go’s began their three night set of shows at the Hollywood Bowl, they played this show at Humphrey’s in San Diego. This set of shows featured the return of Kathy Valentine (she had played earlier in the year with the band for a couple of private events). Even though Kathy was back, Gina Schock was unfortunately sidelined due to her recovery from surgery earlier in the year. Taking her place was Chris Arredondo, who in addition to being a drummer himself, has been Gina’s drum tech for the past few years. He filled in admirably and the band sounded great. This set was shot with the Nikon D4s and 70-200mm f2.8 with 1.4 TCE for some shots. The shots from the side of the stage were taken with the 24-70mm f2.8. Shot in NEF with conversion in LR and touch-up in PS.
On January 29th, 2018, The Go-Go’s played an abbreviated set at The Bowery Ballroom in NYC for an invitation-only event to celebrate the musical “Head Over Heels” opening on Broadway in 2018. It was the first time since 2012 that all five original members took the stage together, with Kathy Valentine rejoining the quintet on bass. Shot with the Nikon D4s and the 70-200 f2.8 with processing in Nikon Capture NX-D and minor touch-up in PS.
The following gallery is from The Go-Go’s farewell show at the Greek Theatre in Griffith Park, Hollywood on August 30th, 2016. Even though the Greek is a tough venue to shoot, I was lucky enough to be in a good spot with some cooperative fans surrounding me. A great performance that I hope is reflected in the attached gallery. Shot with the Nikon D4s and the 70-200mm f2.8 with a few of the wide shots done with the 28-70mm f2.8. Converted in Nikon Capture NX-D with small adjustments in PS.
This was the first show I attended of The Go-Go’s Farewell Tour in 2016. I was not originally planning to shoot their penultimate show, but once the concert started, I wanted to at least document it for posterity. Shot on the Nikon D4s with the 70-200mm F2.8 on August 28, 2016 with post processing and conversion in Nikon Capture NX-D and PS.
This mega-entry goes back in time to October 5th, 2007 when The Go-Go’s played The Independent, S.F.. Shot on (now discontinued) Kodak T-Max 3200 with a Nikon F100 and 70-200mm f2.8, then scanned on a Nikon Coolscan 9000 with minor dust touch-up in PS. There have not been any digital effects added; the pictures are as they appear on the negatives. A companion color digital set exists but remains unassembled; perhaps it will come to light in the near future.
For this post, we go back almost 4 years to a set of photos featuring the Dollyrots at the NYCB Theater in Westbury, N.Y. on June 7th, 2011.The Dollyrots opened for the Go-Go’s on the east coast leg of their Ladies Gone Wild tour with Chris Black in the drummer’s chair. The NYCB Theater was originally known as the Westbury Music Fair and has a revolving stage, but for this show, the stage remained stationary. Included are a couple of shots of the Dollyrots joining the Go-Go’s on stage dancing to “We Got the Beat” at the close of the evening (note Belinda’s bare feet!). Shot on a Nikon D3 with the 70-200mm f2.8.
Sometimes while perusing my files, I come across a couple of interesting (at least to me) alternate shots which have never been circulated. Here, presented on Jane Wiedlin’s birthday, are two shots of the Go-Go’s at the Lumiere in St. Louis in 2008. The silhouette of Jane Wiedlin is the companion to another shot which has already been released and is one of my favorites. The fisheye was taken with the Nikon DX fisheye (using the in-camera format crop); the lens has since been replaced by the full frame fisheye. The silhouette was shot on the 70-200mm F2.8. Both were taken with the Nikon D3 and shot in RAW with minor cleanup in PS.