At Constitution Hall Sunday night, the Go-Go's were just the same as you remember them. They bopped through all those early-'80s party-tape staples -- all four of their big hits -- and other pure pop tunes to deliver a decidedly danceable set.
Back from five years of smaller solo projects, the quintet produced that same sound, something like talented teenagers riding the solid beats of Gina Schock's drums. They looked a bit like a garage band, with amps still on wheels ready to be rolled back home. But the songs brought the same force, and fun, that inspired the successful all-female pop groups that followed.
If their break-up was a painful one, no hard feelings remain visible. All five Go-Go's were obviously enjoying the party they were creating with their oh-so-perky rhythms, sing-along lyrics, and confetti and streamers. Finishing the set with an extended "We Got the Beat" that pulled the crowd up into the band's bopping dance left little excitement for the encores. The Go-Go's returned, though, tossing "goodies from backstage" -- candies -- into the audience, because as singer Belinda Carlisle said, "You all were so good."