Punk rock pioneers, Blondie, are back on the road in promotion of their newest album, Pollinator. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers hit the showroom at Mystic Lake Casino last Friday with co-headliners, Garbage.
Fronted by vocalist, Debbie Harry, the group kicked off their fourteen-song set with the 1978 single, “One Way or Another,” bringing the entire crowd to their feet. They continued with another Parallel Lines favorite, “Hanging on the Telephone” before diving in to their most recent single, “Fun.” Their groovy ‘70s and ‘80s vibes are still prevalent in their new music and had fans dancing along all night. The rest of their setlist bounced between classic Blondie hits like “Call Me,” “Heart of Glass,” or “The Tide is High,” and new tunes such as “My Monster” and “Too Much.” Even after performing some these songs for years, Harry still delivered a striking performance- strutting across the stage with a palpable amount of sass.
Harry sported crown made of bees and cape reading “STOP FUCKING THE PLANET” while speaking out about the steadily declining bee population. Blondie have launched a “Bee Connected” campaign alongside their aptly titled Pollinator album, and teamed up with organizations to help save the pollinators that impact our food and ecosystem. Proceeds from this merchandise will be donated to these organizations to protect our pollinating friends.
Unlike previous albums, Pollinator only has two songs written entirely by Harry and bandmate Chris Stein. Blondie brought in a diverse group of writers for this album including Charli XCX, Sia, Johnny Marr of The Smiths, Nick Valensi of The Strokes, and many more. Their collaborative efforts have brought new life to the iconic group who have managed to stay relevant for the past four decades.
Blondie and Garbage will continue their “Rage and Rapture” tour across North America through mid-August. Find your tickets here.