Blondie fans who missed the multi-platinum seller's guest spot on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on May 9 can check out video footage of the band performing their latest single "Long Time." The track is from the pioneering punk rockers' newly released studio album Pollinator, which dropped on May 5 via BMG.
Billboard reports on May 10 that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers made the appearance in support of their 11th studio album ahead of their much-anticipated Rage and Rapture Tour with co-headliners Garbage, which will launch July 5 in Saratoga, California at The Mountain Winery. Co-penned by Blondie's iconic lead singer Deborah Harry and Blood Orange's Dev Hyne, “Long Time” is the second single from Pollinator and instrumentally vaguely recalls Blondie's 1978 hit “Heart of Glass.”
In the 3:43 minute clip, longtime drummer Clem Burke counts in over Matt Katz-Bohen's droning synth intro and provides the insistent backbeat that propels the song with Blondie co-founder Chris Stein, who provides a slashing rhythm accents on guitar. Harry strides to the microphone in time with the music with hand on hip and delivers the song's first verse with style and aplomb, singing, “I've been running circles/Around a night that never ends/I've been chasing heartache/In a city and a friend.”
Produced by John Congleton, Pollinator is available here in standard edition and deluxe edition in CD, digital and vinyl formats. Fans can check out "The Tonight Show" performance of “Long Time" above.
Blondie was announced on Monday as the first artist to launch Amazon's Prime Live Events in the U.K. The show will take place on May 23 in London at Round Chapel. The "Call Me" hitmakers will then perform a couple of support dates with Phil Collins on June 25 in Dublin at Aviva Stadium and June 30 in London at Hyde Park along with a solo headline gig on June 28 in Paris at The Olympia.
Blondie's 20-city summer co-headline summer tour of North America with Garbage will wrap up Aug. 12 in Dallas at Southside Ballroom. Tickets for a variety of dates are available at AXS. For the latest details on Blondie, click here.