Blondie, one of the most successful bands of the late ’70s new wave era, have announced they’re heading back to the UK for a 2021 tour.
Few bands have enjoyed such a remarkable second wind as Blondie, who were formed in New York City in 1974, and transcended punk by including elements of disco, pop, reggae and rap in their sound.
They enjoyed huge hits with songs like Heart Of Glass, Sunday Girl, Call Me, Atomic and The Tide Is High before splitting in 1982.
Iconic vocalist Debbie Harry went on to have a reasonably successful solo career, but the spark was reignited when the band reconvened in 1997, and their comeback album No Exit reached No 3 in the UK charts, as well as providing a stunning No 1 hit single in Maria.
The band have remained an ongoing proposition ever since, though only Harry, guitarist Chris Stein and drummer Clem Burke now remain from the original line-up.
They have released another four albums, most recently 2017’s critically-acclaimed Pollinator, which made No. 4 in the UK, where they have always been bigger than in their native USA.
Harry and Stein are due to embark on an ‘In Conversation’ tour of the UK in November 2020, though it is uncertain whether this will go ahead due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
But they are planning ahead, and this week announced Against The Odds, a 10-date UK arena tour for November 2021, with alt-rock band Garbage as special guests.
Debbie Harry said: “Next year’s UK tour is more meaningful to me, perhaps even more so, than the very first time Blondie played there in the mid ’70s.
“The UK has always been a special place for us, and being able to come back to perform there after sitting out most of 2020 is very exciting.
“We toured with Garbage during 2017 and look forward to doing it again. We had a wild ride!.”
Pre-sale of tickets for the 2021 dates starts at 10am on Thursday 22 October to fans who have signed up for Blondie’s emailing list, with general sale beginning at 10am the following day from the usual ticket outlets.