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Belinda Carlisle rocks Market Days in Chicago – August 9, 2014

13 August 2014 2 Comments
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Belinda+CarlisleSinger, songwriter and best-selling author Belinda Carlisle performed some of her and The Go-Go’s biggest hits at North Halsted Market Days street festival in Chicago Saturday Night August 9th. The street festival is the largest in the Midwest and one of the largest in the nation drawing a crowd of roughly 150,000 over 2 days.

Belinda, who just finished a U.S. Summer tour with The Go-Go’s, took the stage at 8:45pm in near perfect weather, minus her solo touring band; instead opting for recorded instrumental tracks. It would have been nice to have her touring band with her but since this was a one-off solo show, her decision was understandable. She opened with “Mad About You”, her first solo single and hit from 1986 and sang live. Belinda’s voice was in fine form and the hits in her 45 minute set did not stop coming. Dressed in black, looking svelte, happy and much younger than her age, she danced her way across the stage to a very supportive crowd that encompassed a wide range in age. She thanked the audience for the support and for being invited to perform at Market Days. Belinda managed to pack in the biggest of her hits in the short set. The songs that followed were “Vacation”, “Head Over Heels”, “I Get Weak” and introduced “Circle in the Sand” as “a song you often hear in elevators and supermarkets everywhere.” Belinda was joined by back-up dancers on “Our Lips Are Sealed” and “Heaven Is a Place on Earth”. “We Got the Beat” and “Heaven” had the biggest ovations of the night. Belinda left the stage and was promptly cheered back on for an encore. She offered the crowd one choice of 2 tracks she had up her sleeve. The crowd cheered for both. Belinda complied with the request and wrapped up the set with “Live Your Life Be Free” and “Leave a Light On”.

Belinda has such a large catalog of songs to choose from that she could have easily doubled her time on stage and still not covered all of her hits. While it’s always great to see Belinda with The Go-Go’s on tour, maybe her fans will be fortunate enough to enjoy a full U.S. solo tour in the future.

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2 Responses to "Belinda Carlisle rocks Market Days in Chicago – August 9, 2014"

  1. Frannie says:

    Belinda is great! Unlike some of the artists of her generation, she has really maintained her voice. She sounds amazing. And she doesn’t have a problem performing her hits. Some older artists do it begrudgingly with resentment that their newer music hasn’t been successful, but she does the hits with an open heart and in the spirit they were intended.
    I have seen her with the Go-gos but as you said she doesn’t tour the US as a solo artist. I have to be honest, I do prefer the Go-gos more than her solo music. The Go-gos are slightly more rock and punk influenced while her solo music is more MOR. The Go-gos really opened the door for female bands and even set the stage for riot grrls. I love seeing women playing instruments not just looking pretty and singing. My favorite Go-gos tracks are This Town, Lust to Love, and We Don’t Get Along.
    They have a 2 disc box set called Return to the Valley of the Go-gos with live tracks and b-sides which is totally worth having.

  2. @Frannie: I somehow missed The Go-Gos are a kid – since they were a bit of an early 80s phenomenon. I absolutely loved Belinda Carlisle. She had a great single out last year called “Sun”. It deserved to get loads of radio play but of course, ageism prevailed and no one outside her core fanbase and Radio Creme Brulee’s listeners heard the track. I agree that the Go-Gos were gamechangers at their time. We do feature some of their tracks but I need to dig into their catalog a little deeper to find more tracks to add to our library. Thank you so much for the recommendations!

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