Blondie rode onto the scene in 1974, when former waitress and Playboy bunny Debbie Harry joined forces with Chris Stein to create a sound that blended new wave and punk rock music in a unique way. Though the band found initial success overseas, particularly in the UK and Australia, it didn't gain a strong foothold in the United States until the release of their 1978 album, Parallel Lines. Songs like "The Tide is High," "Call Me" and "Heart of Glass" continue to find airtime on radio stations to this day. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006. The introductory speech was given by Shirley Manson of Garbage, one of many rock bands for whom Blondie served as inspiration.
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Harry and Stein began their journey together as a romantic couple, adding drummer Billy O'Connor and bassist Fred Smith to their musical collaboration in 1974. The group was initially known as Angel and the Snake, but it restyled itself as "Blondie" after Harry was catcalled by one too many truck drivers while on the road. O'Connor and Smith would remain with the group for only a brief time, to be replaced by Clem Burke on percussion and Gary Valentine on bass. Though the band split in the early '80s when Stein was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease, it reformed in 1997 with original members Harry, Stein, and Burke all reprising their original roles. In 1999, "Maria," a hit single from their reunion album No Exit, climbed to the top of the charts in the UK - no fewer than 20 years after the release of Blondie's first UK number-one single. Blondie has sold about 40 million records worldwide and received two Grammy nominations, in addition to its Hall of Fame recognition.
Where can I buy Blondie tickets?
Tickets to the latest live performance by Blondie can be found at StubHub, the largest marketplace for shows, festivals and concerts. You can download the StubHub app and easily purchase tickets for the entire family on your smartphone, or you can do the entire process at your desktop in the comfort of your home office.
How long does a Blondie concert usually last?
Running times for a Blondie set are relatively economical - 75 to 90 minutes altogether. The veteran rock band usually tours as part of a group, however, so you can expect to spend far more time at the venue if you're interested in the other acts.
What does Blondie's tour setlist look like?
Blondie's 11th studio album, Pollinator, was released in 2017. Expect to hear a number of cuts from that album, in addition to longtime fan favorites such as "One Way or Another" and "The Tide is High." The band will usually save one of its more recognizable numbers for the encore, often with a new and distinctive arrangement.
Who are the members of Blondie?
While the band has seen the arrival and departure of many backup musicians, Harry and Stein remain at the helm on lead vocals and guitar, respectively. Other current members include Burke on percussion and backing vocals, Leigh Foxx on bass, Matt Katz-Bohen on keyboards, and Tommy Kessler on guitar.
Will Blondie tour in 2019?
Blondie is currently touring as part of a double bill with Elvis Costello & The Imposters, with dates announced throughout the remainder of the summer. To learn whether Blondie will be coming to a city near you, visit StubHub today.
Does Blondie have a current release that they're touring behind?
Though Blondie's most recent release was in 2017 with Pollinator, the band has a long backlist of songs to draw from while touring. In addition, Harry recently contributed her distinctive vocals to the #LIFTMEUP song and video by Mike Greko, in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall events.Back to Top
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