Concert Preview: Blondie & Garbage Artpark

Concert Preview
Artpark Outdoor Stage
Tuesday July 25, 2017

Blondie the new wave, pop rock band featuring singer Deborah Harry, will be making their second appearance at Artpark on Tuesday July 27. The band last played the outdoor stage with Melissa Etheridge in 2015. This tour billed as The Rage and Rapture tour, features the chameleon like band Garbage this time around.

Blondie has come a long way from their humble New York City beginnings. The band regularly played at CBGB and Max’s Kansas City, two iconic night clubs that were known for the birth of the punk rock movement. Oddly enough the band tasted success in the UK long before they broke in their homeland. It wasn’t until their third album Parallel Lines where they started to finally taste success following the #1 hit “Heart of Glass”. The band followed with three more songs that reached the top of the charts with “The Tide Is High”, “Rapture” and “Call Me”, the latter a song from the American Gigolo Soundtrack. The band broke up but reconvened in 1999 with “Maria” a rocker that while it did not chart high did receive a ton of airplay helping to put Blondie’s name out there again.

Joining Harry, guitarist Chris Stein and drummer Clem Burke will be guitarist Tommy Kessler, bassist Leigh Foxx and keyboardist Matt Katz-Bohen.

Garbage is an interesting band. Singer Shirley Manson, drummer Butch Vig, guitarist Duke Erikson and guitarist, keyboardist Steve Marker have been together since their debut release, the double platinum, simply titled Garbage.

The band has been put on hiatus a few times but have always managed to regroup with the same original line-up. The band’s most recent album, the darker toned Strange Little Birds was released in June 2016.

Don’t fear Garbage fans as you can expect to hear many of the great songs Garbage will play come Tuesday evening. Songs such as “Special”, “Only Happy When It Rains” and the band’s best-known tune “Stupid Girl” should be a part of what looks to be an enjoyable evening of music.

This also marks a rare area appearance for the band as they last played here opening for The Smashing Pumpkins on their Infinite Sadness tour in 1996. That show was one of the final shows held in the Buffalo Memorial Aud for you historians.

Rage and Rapture is the perfect name for this tour and the genius who put it all together should be commended. Is it Tuesday night yet?

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