Belinda Carlisle doesn’t feel awkward playing Go-Go’s hits without her bandmates. But there’s one thing that’s missing: That Go-Go’s sound.
“They’re great songs and they do sound a bit different, but we try to replicate the sound,” Carlisle adds. “It’s the chemistry of the band that makes that sound. It’s impossible to replicate fully.”
Carlisle is in Tucson July 29 playing as part of “Retro Futura,” with ABC, Modern English, Tony Lewis from The Outfield, Kajagoogoo’s Limahl and Bow Wow Wow’s Annabella. The show at Casino del Sol’s AVA Amphitheater starts at 7 p.m.
“The tour is short and sweet,” Carlisle says. “I always have fun on stage. It’s instant gratification for the audience because it’s a shorter set.”
Carlisle is acquaintances with some of the bands on the tour, but knows Martin Fry of ABC.
“I’m sure the bands are great,” she says. “I worked with Martin quite a bit from ABC. He’s wonderful live.”
After the tour’s over, Carlisle will return home to Thailand. She’s taking a month off, and then traveling to India. When that trip comes to an end, she hits the road in the United Kingdom with Culture Club.
She’s working on her first English album in some time, says Carlisle, who previously lived in France. Her last album, Wilder Shores, was a selection of Gurmukhi chants.
“I’m in the idea process right now, so I probably won’t start until January,” she says. “Once I figure it out, it will be easy.”
SiriusXM ’80s on 8 and terrestrial radio plays hits by Carlisle and the Go-Go’s frequently. Carlisle isn’t surprised that the songs sound fresh.
“Those songs are great,” she says. “The thing is, the songs have lasting appeal. You could break them down on an acoustic guitar and that’s usually the test of a great song.
“I’m really lucky that I worked with the world’s best songwriters and I’ve had a few myself that have been great. I’m lucky in that way.”
Retro Futura, AVA Amphitheater, 5655 W. Valencia Road, Tucson, 1.855.765.7829, casinodelsol.com, 7 p.m. Sunday, July 29, $25-$144.