Go-Go’s bassist Kathy Valentine has been sidelined with a broken wrist and will have to sit out of the band’s current tour. The Go-Go’s are touring in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the hit album Vacation.
Valentine, who co-wrote the album, has had surgery to realign the distal radius bone.
“The surgery will allow for wrist movement much quicker than a cast treatment,” Valentine explained. “As of next Tuesday I will have a whole week of healing in, and should have new bone tissue by 4 weeks. I start rehab Monday. As I progress, I’ll be able to tell how the action of bass playing will work into things… For now it’s about rest, healing, good diet, good physical therapy. I miss being with the Go-Go’s so much and hope more than anything I can join in on the second leg of the tour.”
Filling in will be Los Angeles-based multi-instrumentalist Abby Travis, whose resume includes work with Beck, Exene Cervenka, KMFDM, Dee Dee Ramone, and more.
“Obviously, we will miss Kathy terribly,” the Go-Go’s stated. “We’re so honored that such a great musician like Abby has made herself available to step into the large void that Kathy’s injury has created.” The group added Valentine will rejoin the tour once her rehabilitation is complete.
The Go-Go’s 2012 Tour Dates:
- September 18, 2012: Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Hotel
- September 19, 2012: St. Petersburg, FL – Mahaffey Theater
- September 21, 2012: Baton Rouge, LA – Manship Theater
- September 22, 2012: Dallas, TX – Billy Bob’s
- September 24, 2012: Houston, TX – House of Blues
- September 25, 2012: Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Live
- September 27, 2012: Tulsa, OK – Hard Rock Casino
- September 29, 2012: Hollywood, CA – Hollywood Bowl
- September 30, 2012: Saratoga, CA – Mountain Winery
- October 3, 2012: Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
- October 4, 2012: Milwaukee, WI – Potawatomi Casino
- October 6, 2012: Merrillville, IN – Holiday Star Plaza
- October 10, 2012: Peekskill, NY – Paramount Center
- October 11, 2012: New York, NY – Best Buy Theater
- October 13, 2012: Rama, ONT – Casino Rama
- October 14, 2012: Detroit, MI – Motor City Casino