Since breaking onto the scene in the late 1970s, Blondie have been a key part of New York City’s rebellious, musical culture just as much as artists like The Ramones or The Velvet Underground. The notable difference between the new wave/pop-punk group and their classic rock contemporaries is that Blondie are still going strong nearly 40 years after releasing their debut album.
The band returned to the big apple for their first hometown headlining New York City concert since June 2015 on Tuesday, playing to a sold-out Beacon Theatre as part of their Rage And Rapture Tour alongside fellow veteran rockers Garbage. While the band, still led by the ageless and always mesmerizing Debbie Harry, is currently on tour in promotion of their latest studio album, Pollinator, fans in attendance were more than thrilled to hear a set full of hits from their 40-year catalogue.
From the moment the band tore into the familiar, crunchy opening riff of “One Way or Another” to open their set, the audience was shot right back into New York’s golden era of punk rock. The beautiful, organized decor of the Beacon Theatre seemed irrelevant as fans ditched their cushioned seats in exchange the more dancing-friendly area in the isles. As Debbie Harry emerged onto the stage sporting a bee-faced mask in coordination with the theme from their new album, the atmosphere of the fancy venue was propelled back to the days of CBGB and other now long gone clubs where the band made a name for themselves in their early years.
Speaking of the rest of the band, which still includes original guitarist Chris Stein and drummer Clem Burke, they were just as loud and evocative throughout the whole show and didn’t miss a beat while performing classic hits including “Hanging on the Telephone,” “Call Me,” “Rapture,” “Atomic,” “Heart of Glass” and “The Tide Is High.”
The venues which the band headline these days may not be as dark and dingy as the old days, but the energy Debbie Harry and company pull from the city and pump out through their amps is still as loud and rebellious as ever. Blondie proved once again that their live show is just as wild and special as the city they can still call home.
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One Way or Another
Hanging on the Telephone
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (Bob Dylan cover)
Heart of Glass
The Tide Is High