Blondie plan to return to the UK next year for a major tour - with a support act who have filled arenas in their own right.
Frontwoman and songwriter Debbie Harry, guitarist Chris Stein, drummer Clem Burke and long-standing bandmates bassist Leigh Foxx, guitarist Tommy Kessler and keyboardist Matt Katz-Bohen, will be playing ten dates across the country next year.
And they can’t wait to come back to a land that has long embraced their music.
Debbie Harry said: “Next year’s UK tour is more meaningful to me perhaps than the very first time Blondie played there in the mid ’70s.
“The UK has always been a special place to us, and being able to come back to perform there after sitting out most of 2020 is very exciting.”
“The UK has always been a special place to us” (photo: Danielle St Laurent)
Joining Blondie are Garbage, led by Shirley Manson, who was invited to induct Blondie into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.
Garbage have sold more than 17 million albums and many of their own singles are now considered alt-rock classics, including Queer, Stupid Girl, Only Happy When It Rains and I Think I’m Paranoid.
The two bands have toured together before on their highly successful and critically acclaimed Rage and Rapture tour of North America in 2017.
Debbie Harry added: “Blondie toured with Garbage during 2017 and we look forward to doing it again. We had a wild ride!
“All tours are rarely the same –however, I really hope the new Blondie/Garbage concert events are even better. I have always been a fan of Garbage, and of Shirley Manson dating back to her days in Goodbye Mr Makenzie. Along with Butch, Steve, Duke and Eric this band set the stage on fire. I can’t wait to play these shows with them!”
The Blondie live show will feature classic hits like Heart Of Glass, Atomic, The Tide Is High, Maria, Sunday Girl, Rapture and Call Me, along with fan favourites and tracks from their most recent studio album, Pollinator.
“We’re all looking forward to returning to perform in our favourite place in the world,”added Clem Burke “Against the odds, hoping for a happy and healthy November 2021 Blondie UK Tour!“
Shirley Manson said: “We are thrilled to be joining Blondie on this tour of the UK. They have been an enormous influence and inspiration to all of us in Garbage and it is always an honour to share the stage with such trailblazers.”
The dates for Blondie’s Against The Odds tour are as follows:
Saturday 6, M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
Monday 8, Utilita Arena, Birmingham
Tuesday 9, AO Arena, Manchester
Thursday 11, Bonus Arena, Hull
Friday 12, Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham
Sunday 14, The Brighton Centre
Tuesday 16, Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
Thursday 18, The O2 Arena, London
Saturday 20, The SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Sunday 21, First Direct Arena, Leeds
Tickets go on general sale on October 23.