The stage goes dark. A single spotlight illuminates the drum set.
Gina Schock, barely visible behind the bass drum, pounds out a tribal tattoo.
Another spotlight, in front of the drums: Bass player Abby Travis, head bobbing in time, plays off the rhythm with a two-note bass figure.
As the figure repeats, new spots light up Jane Wiedlin and Charlotte Caffey, who punctuate it with an exclamation point, Ramones-style: “Hey!”
The guitars come crashing in, and Belinda Carlisle floats to center stage to add her tremulous warble: “Go – Get up and go!”
It’s a goodbye song, but opening the proceedings Thursday evening at Wolf Trap, it doubles as an invitation: The...