A glass ceiling in rock and roll? You might not think so until you realize there has been scant drumming ink on Gina Schock since 1982! We’re talking one of the most successful female rock bands, ever. What’s up with that?
“You got me,” Schock nonchalantly shrugs. “I don’t know what the deal is. There’s not a lot of girls that do what I do. You’d think more magazines would want to capitalize on that, but hey, I don’t know. And there’s not a lot of us around [that are well known.] There’s me, Cindy Blackman, Sheila E – not a lot of us. It would be nice, but I’m not going to lose sleep over it, you know?”
And it’s certainly not like the good-natured Schock doesn’t have enough on her plate. A successful Go-Gos tour with the B-52s and Psychedelic Furs, a book, feature movie, and the first full-length studio album (Spring, 2001) since 1984’s Talk Show. But don’t call it a comeback. “It’s not really a reunion,” she emphasizes, “We’re back. We’re not doing a one-off kind of thing.”
At one point it seemed the group couldn’t be more fragmented, so how did the planets realign? Schock explains, “A couple of years ago a director named Ted Demme approached us about doing a Go-Gos movie. Everybody started talking, and it sort of evolved into where it is now. We started getting together, the vibe was really good. We did a little tour for a couple of weeks, and here we are.”
And on this particular evening, there Schock was, pounding her gold sparkle DW kit to a pulp to new songs like “Apology” and “Kissing Asphalt.” A beaming smile on her face, you realize she’s not here to break boundaries, she’s here to play and loving every moment of it. Maybe she’s thinking about the things that made her want to rock in the first place. “Well, that’s real simple,” she smiles. “The first concert I went to when I was like 11 or 12 years old was Led Zeppelin opening for The Who. And that was it. I knew exactly what I wanted to do.”