BLONDIE are set to return to the UK, announcing a new tour amidst a landmark year for these music icons. Their already legendary 11th studio album, POLLINATOR, soared to #4 in the UK album charts in May, making it the band’s first Top 5 entry in over 18 years.
Furthermore, the band are proving that the BLONDIE live show is still an experience in itself, with classic hits such as HEART OF GLASS, ATOMIC, THE TIDE IS HIGH, SUNDAY GIRL, RAPTURE and CALL ME blending naturally with the new album’s treasure trove of new songs, including the singles TOO MUCH, LONG TIME and FUN.
In celebration of the release of POLLINATOR on 5 May, the band returned to the iconic London Roundhouse to play a celebratory, sold out show, receiving an ecstatic reception from fans and critics alike. The Guardian noted that the band, “combined classics with compelling new material”; while the Daily Telegraph applauded, “a voice and melodies untouched by time”.
BLONDIE also brought audiences a taste of POLLINATOR with stunning live performances on Later with Jools Holland [BBC 2] The One Show [BBC 1] The Chris Evans Breakfast Show [BBC Radio 2] and Tonight at The London Palladium [ITV].
BLONDIE also toured Australia and New Zealand in April of this year; then toured the US and Canada with Garbage in May; and headlined The Eden Project in Cornwall and played British Summer Time in London Hyde Park in June.
Tue 07 NOTTINGHAM Royal Concert Hall
Wed 08 BRIGHTON Centre
Fri 10 CARDIFF Motorpoint Arena
Sat 11 MANCHESTER O2 Apollo
Mon 13 BIRMINGHAM Barclaycard Arena
Tue 14 GLASGOW SSE Hydro
Thu 16 LONDON O2 Brixton Academy
Fri 17 LONDON O2 Brixton Academy
• DEBBIE HARRY | vocals
• CHRIS STEIN | guitar
• CLEM BURKE | drums
• LEIGH FOXX | bass
• TOMMY KESSLER | guitar
• MATT KATZ-BOHEN | keyboards
• DOOM OR DESTINY
• LONG TIME
• ALREADY NAKED
• MY MONSTER
• BEST DAY EVER
• WHEN I GAVE UP ON YOU
• LOVE LEVEL
• TOO MUCH
• Undeniably one of the most trailblazing and influential bands of our time, BLONDIE are pioneering front woman and songwriter DEBBIE HARRY; guitarist and conceptual mastermind CHRIS STEIN; powerhouse drummer CLEM BURKE; and long-standing bandmates bassist LEIGH FOXX, guitarist TOMMY KESSLER and keyboard player MATT KATZ-BOHEN.
• Their hits include the ground-breaking rock-disco hybrid HEART OF GLASS; the stalker-love song ONE WAY OR ANOTHER; the equally influential hip-hop fantasia RAPTURE; the lilting calypso of THE TIDE IS HIGH; and, of course, the timeless DENIS, HANGING ON THE TELEPHONE, PICTURE THIS and UNION CITY BLUE.
• For the last four decades, BLONDIE have become, and still remain, a true global icon; one whose influence both shaped and continues to inform the worlds of music, fashion and art. From an irreverent Lower East Side punk outfit to bona fide international ambassadors of New York cool, BLONDIE will forever be synonymous with that punk spirit that lives somewhere in all of us. Their chart-topping success, fearless spirit and rare longevity led to an induction into the ROCK N ROLL HALL OF FAME in 2006 and more than 40 MILLION ALBUMS sold worldwide to date. When we look back at the band’s storied career, it makes their current vibrancy that much more stunning after 40 years of entertaining us all.