The Go-Go’s tonight at HOB

They (still) got the beat

Call it nostalgia, call it fun, but all of it’s good. With their iconic infectious ’80s tunes, The Go-Go’s are back (although they said they never went away) and are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their album Beauty and the Beat. That alone is hard to beleive, but they come to town and for a little chunk of tonight, they’ll take the audience on a little “Vacation.” Lesbi-centric rockers Girl in a Coma from San Antonio open the show.

Check out our interview with guitarist Jane Wiedlin here.

DEETS: House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St. Aug. 26 at 9 p.m. $40–$75. HouseOfBlues.com.

—  Rich Lopez

Concert notice: Go-Go's and Rihanna ruin my summer by cancelling their Dallas shows

Just a quick note that if you haven’t heard, The Go-Go’s have canceled the remainder of their tour. Jane Weidlin injured herself in a hiking trip and has to have surgery on her ACL. Recovery looks to be about a year. Thus, no ’80s flashback at the Granada July 26.

The Rihanna/Ke$ha show at Superpages.com Center has also been nixed from its July 24 date. RihannaDaily.com says they don’t know the story, but “it’s not because the tour isn’t selling! Don’t believe gossip sites who doesn’t support her and wants her to fail.” Although, there seems to be a whole lot of buzz that her U.S. shows weren’t selling as much as expected. There is also speculation that her Tucson show was canceled as a protest to the new immigration laws.

Either way, scratch these off your concert calendar.

—  Rich Lopez

Concert notice: One last goodbye for the Go-Go's, at the Granada Theater in July

Who even knew the Go-Go’s were still intact? The ’80s ladies are back on the road saying goodbye once and for all and they’ll be making their way through Dallas this summer. The Happily Ever After: The Farewell Tour will stop at the Granada Theater on July 26. They are also playing some Lilith Fair dates, but not the stop here.

Of course, we love our Belinda Carlisle and the whole shaky, vibrato thing she had going on with “Heaven and Earth” back in 1989, but our hearts (OK, mine) went out to the perpetually cute Jane Wiedlin. How could you not be aflutter after hearing “Rush Hour“? And could you really forget her coming out in 2005 on VH1′s “The Surreal Life”? Classic.

Say goodbye to the Go-Go’s by getting your tickets now. Tickets are $35–$75 and can be purchased here. In the meantime, here is a snippet of the ladies at House of Blues when they last performed here in 2008.

—  Rich Lopez