Singer Deborah Harry of Blondie, who will launch their first North
American tour in 16 years next month, says the pioneering new-wave band
is prepared to prove itself all over again.
"I guess that you always have to prove it," Harry said Tuesday (April 6).
"Some of the promoters have not been especially responsive in booking us.
They say, 'Oh no one's going to come and see a Blondie concert.' You're
always having to prove it, some way or another. I guess it keeps you
A first leg of tour dates will begin May 15 in Boston, the band announced
Tuesday. Four members of the classic Blondie lineup, which had four #1
singles in the late 1970s and early '80s, reunited to record the album
No Exit (RealAudio excerpt of
which was released in February. They've played single dates in Los Angeles
and New York.
The initial 13-city outing will take the band across the continent and
then back East, to the group's hometown, New York, for a June 10 show at
the Madison Square Garden. A second tour leg is planned for July.
Harry said the reunion was partly inspired by the idea of "proving we
could," and the same incentive remains for the tour.
She said the band, which also includes guitarist Chris Stein, drummer
Clem Burke and keyboardist Jimmy Destri from Blondie's best-known lineup,
will play such Blondie classics as
(RealAudio excerpt) and "Call Me" on the tour along with several songs
from No Exit.
"We've got about five of the new songs worked in the show; maybe we'll
have a couple more worked in by then," Harry said, naming the soaring
pop single "Maria"
(RealAudio excerpt), "Forgive and Forget," "Screaming Skin,"
(RealAudio excerpt) and "The Dream's Lost on Me." She said "Under
the Gun" is one possible addition.
Blondie emerged from the New York club scene in the late '70s and made
a name for themselves with Harry's sensual, soprano vocals and a
genre-bending style that fused pop, punk and, later, hip-hop. They
released six albums in as many years before disbanding in 1982. Their #1
hits were "Call Me," "Heart of Glass," "Rapture" and a cover
of reggae singer John Holt's "The Tide Is High."
"We worked our asses off," Harry said. "I mean, our pace was incredible.
If our reputation has lasted, it's because we really were insane."
Tickets for all shows will be available via www.blondie.net and
www.atomicpop.com starting Friday and through local ticket outlets
starting this weekend.
Blondie North American Tour Dates:
May 15; Boston, Mass., Orpheum
May 16; Toronto, Ontario, Massey Hall
May 18; Philadelphia, Pa., Tower Theater
May 19; Baltimore, Md., The Pier
May 23; Detroit, Mich., Fox Theatre
May 25; Denver, Colo., Fillmore Auditorium
May 27; Las Vegas, Nev., The Joint
May 28; Los Angeles, Calif., Universal Amphitheatre
May 29; San Diego, Calif., Open Air Theatre
May 30; San Francisco, Calif., Warfield
June 1; Seattle, Wash., Paramount
June 2; Portland, Ore., Civic Auditorium
June 10; New York, N.Y., Madison Square Garden