The Go-Go's Help USA Harvest Feed America's Hungry
June 26, 2000 Quintessential girl group the Go-Go's will help feed America's hungry during
the Go-Go's Summer 2000 Road Trip concert tour. The Go-Go's
have enlisted the services of USA Harvest, America's fastest growing program
to feed the nation's hungry, to collect canned food at concert venues this
summer. Beginning July 7, the Go-Go's will kick off their Summer Road Trip
tour along with the B-52's and the Psychedelic Furs.
To collect millions of pounds of food effectively, USA Harvest volunteers will create stands at every venue on the tour. After years of experience, USA Harvest has developed a foolproof system for quickly
delivering the cans of food as are collected.
USA Harvest, founded in Louisville, Kentucky in 1989 by Stan Curtis, is
responsible for delivering over 1,100,000 pounds of food every day of the year
to 4,000 relief agencies nationwide. Additionally, Harvest chapters are
unique in their refusal to accept or solicit public or government money.
Their focus is food-raising, not fund-raising. Past USA Harvest food-drive
collaborations include recording artists such as Van Halen, the Goo Goo Dolls,
and Reba McEntire, as well as the annual Farm Aid events. Despite the
prosperity of the '90s, the percentage of Americans without adequate food
has increased; in particular, the number of hungry mothers and children has
grown at an alarming rate.
As previously announced, the album, VH1 Music First: Behind the Music
Go-Go's Collection (A&M/I.R.S/UME) was released on May 23, 2000 and showcases
the Go-Go's body of work. In addition, "The Go-Go's Behind the Music"
television episode premiered June 4th and will air throughout the summer.
Mixing punk's aggressiveness with pop songwriting, the Hollywood-born
Go-Go's opened a 1979 U.K. tour for ska-rockers Madness before originally
recording the anthem "We Got the Beat." At first a minor New Wave hit, the
song led to 1981's double-platinum #1-charting Beauty and the Beat and the
gold-charting re-recorded version of "We Got the Beat" and the Top 20 "Our
Lips Are Sealed." The next year, the gold Vacation hit the Top 10, scored a
summertime Top 10 single with both the title cut, and fan favorite "Beatnik
Beach." The group's third album, Talk Show (1984), reached the Top 20 and
yielded hit singles "Head Over Heels" and "Turn to You." The group's
pervasive music has been increasingly featured in commercials and
television shows, and in recurrent airplay in several formats of radio.
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