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Created by lead singer Debbie Harry and guitarist Christ Stein, the punk/new wave band Blondie became a phenomenon in the late 1970s by successfully breaking into mainstream pop culture  —thanks in part to Harry’s insouciant, sassy vocals. Millions of fans worldwide continue to embrace the band's signature vibe — an energetic, edgy sound that's still fresh and contemporary. In concert, Blondie always serves up a stylish mix of sounds ranging from pop and reggae to rap, with a dash of retro disco and electro-pop thrown in. Now in their fourth decade of performing. Blondie has released a new album that has already generated several bestselling singles as well as an international tour.Blondie released its first European albums in the mid-1970s, but it wasn’t until 1978 that the band got international attention with the release of Parallel Lines. During the next several years, the band released a string of hits, including “Atomic,” “Call Me” and its biggest hit, the iconic “Heart of Glass.” In 1982, Deborah Harry began to pursue a successful solo career, but the band reformed in 1987. Blondie was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, the year of its 30th anniversary. That same year, it released a best-of album, Sound & Vision, followed by Panic of Girls in 2009. The band's 10th album Ghosts of Download will be released in January 2014. The new album has already garnered a popular single, “A Rose by Any Name,” and enthusiastic ticket holders got the opportunity to hear several of the band's newest singles during Blondie’s European tour in 2013. Recently, Debbie Harry delighted her millions of fans by announcing that the band will do a promotional tour for the new album in 2014 — although concert dates have not yet been announced.

Reviews

Blondie is still cool

4 stars
NickeyM Genesee Theatre, Waukegan

The Smithereens opened, and although they no longer look like rock stars, they still sound incredible. Lead singer's voice has not suffered through time. On the other hand age has not affected the appearance of Blondie: they still look like pop stars, but vocal talent shows some age. Their show was fantastic, as if you were in some rock club. And I gotta give credit to the aging audience that still managed to stay on their feet for most of the show. Deborah Harry's voice cannot sustain a whole concert though (why doesn't she drink anything during the show for her throat?), and I think that is why they didn't sing Maria at the end (even though it was on the playlist). Saving "Dreaming" for the end also meant no real vocal left. But still I loved the whole show!

Blondie

4 stars
SpinnerRick1 Miller Stage, Milwaukee

Debra was terrific...the band was a little loud which prompted us to put in ear plugs which makes you lose some of the good sounds from the band.

Smithereens & Blondie WOW!

5 stars
ChaletQueen Genesee Theatre, Waukegan

Smithereens were fantastic! Played all my favorites and then a bonus of Tommy & Behind Blue Eyes! Loved it! ALWAYS wanted to see Blondie.....her voice, her band, her set list.....Awesome! Blondie has her own style & I am so happy I was lucky enough to see her. Genesee is a great venue. Beautiful theatre & easy venue to enjoy without any hassle. Loved it!

Blondie concert in Waukegan, IL

2 stars
hrcjoc53 Genesee Theatre, Waukegan

Bucket list item to see this group. Big fan since 1979. Musicians sounded great. Drummer is 1 of the best!! Debbie either couldn't remember the words, at times, or just can't sing some of the notes. Still enjoy the music of this group, but would not go see them again. Disappointed that they played new songs and instead of playing more of there great older songs, as we couldn't understand her lyrics.

Blondie was great!!

5 stars
10Minnesota Miller Stage, Milwaukee

Really enjoyed the show! Their hits were crowd pleasers but the Prince & Beastie Boys covers were terrific. The band was great & Deborah Harry is a one of a kind lady & entertainer.

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