Blondie, fronted by new wave goddess, pin-up and pioneering frontwoman Debbie Harry have confirmed Irish dates next summer - Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on Tuesday, June 25 and Belfast’s Waterfront on Wednesday, June 26.
Tickets for the Waterfront (fully seated show) are priced from £38 inclusive and are available from Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.ie and the Waterfront box office.
One the great pop icons of New York’s celebrated late ‘70s new wave punk scene, rock and roll Hall of Fame members Blondie are set to release their latest album Panic Of Girls later this year. In an incredible career spanning over 30 years, Blondie have sold more than 40 million records worldwide and have a back catalogue containing hits such as Denis, Atomic, Heart of Glass and Hanging On The Telephone.
Blondie was originally formed in 1974 by art student / guitarist Chris Stein and ex-folkie and ex-Max’s Kansas City waitress, vocalist / songwriter Deborah Harry. Drummer Clem Burke and keyboard player Jimmy Destri joined in 1975. The band played the fabled New York downtown circuit of CBGB’s, Max’s Kansas City and Mothers, amassing a major following before recording their first album Blondie which was released in 1977.
In 1982, Blondie produced The Hunter which included the single Island of Lost Souls, their final US hit before Chris was felled by a rare and often fatal genetic disease, which led to a sudden hiatus for the group. Debbie went on to appear in numerous films and plays and to create music in various contexts. In recent years she has been the featured vocalist of the Jazz Passengers. Jimmy left music for a while to become a family man and contractor. Chris produced various bands in New York. Clem continued to record and tour with top acts. Sixteen years later the band members were used to being apart, but miraculously they were still talking.
Responding to a request, they reformed to play a concert and had so much fun and found so much chemistry remaining that they decided to try to make some new music. That worked out so well that they re-formed and made a new album, No Exit, the seventh Blondie studio album, produced by Craig Leon, who had actually produced the band’s first single, X-Offender, and worked on the first album assisting producer Richard Gottehrer.
In 2008, they celebrated the 30-year anniversary of Blondie’s Parallel Lines with a re-release of the iconic album that gave the band their first Number One hit in the US, Heart of Glass, and went on to sell over 20 million copies - an extraordinary feat achieved only by an elite club of artists.