Fans are always Mad About You, Carlisle

BELINDA Carlisle says it has taken her more than 30 years to figure out that "life is about having fun".

"It sounds exhausting [to create more albums]," Carlisle told the Star during a phone interview.

"I just do what I feel like doing.

"It's great if it comes my way and if I feel like recording it."

Carlisle is in on her Australian tour and one of her stops includes a performance at Rooty Hill RSL on Tuesday, December 10.

She said audiences could expect all their favourite Carlisle songs.

"It's about 99 per cent singles," she said.

"Most of them from my own back catalogue.

"A couple of obscure tracks that fans will know and a few Go-Go's songs."

Carlisle's career began as the lead singer for the Go-Go's, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1978, which made history as the first all-female music group to write their songs and play their own instruments.

The band sold more than seven million albums with popular hits such as Our Lips are Sealed, Head Over Heels and We Got the Beat.

It was her step into a solo career in the mid-1980s as well as her pop songs Mad About You Summer Rain and Heaven is a Place on Earth being remade that has kept her name in glittery lights.

"The only thing that I wanted to do when I was growing up was to travel around and basically I thought the best way to do that would be to become a travel agent," she said.

"Then I thought being in a rock band would be a much more fun way."

While many bands and solo singers fade in and out of the music industry quicker than takeaway burgers, Carlisle has survived a tough and demanding industry for more than 30 years.

"One of my reasons for my longevity is my [unique] voice," she said.

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