Beautiful things happen when legends pair up for an unforgettable summer tour. When Blondie first announced they’d be sharing the stage with Garbage, fans went absolutely insane. This week, their co-headlining Rage and Rapture Tour kicked off in California and the band’s performances were some of the best we’ve seen all year!
Fans rejoiced when these two legendary bands announced they’d be reuniting this summer (Garbage’s front woman, Shirley Manson, has recalled as far back to the early ‘80s when her first rock band, Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie had the opportunity to open for Debbie Harry’s solo tour — and who can forget their amazing co-performance in 2004 for the fifth annual “WomenRock!” concert which aired on Lifetime, amongst the other several scattered run-ins throughout the years). The energy carried out to the opening night in Saratoga at the beautiful Mountain Winery.
They are joined on stage by openers John Doe & Exene Cervenka, who warm up the crowd for Garbage’s own hour and a half long setlist. Shirley Manson recollects her precious memories throughout the years with Blondie. Her energetic performances never fall short as she dances around the stage in what looks to be a designer trash bag (no offense whatsoever intended, she looked AMAZING and we thought — if it was an upscale trash bag, what an amazing detail relating back to their name being Garbage) and fishnet stockings. Her fiery orange hair can be seen as she darts off stage, singing all the fan favorites (“I’m Only Happy When It Rains” and “Stupid Girl” to name a few) literally with the fans, running up and down the steps of the Winery for intimate moments with those in the seats, hugging and singing and posing for selfies.
“Thank you for sharing this extraordinary night with us… to be sharing the stage with our idols…” Manson’s sentiment is never lost upon us on just how special this tour is to her and the band. She shares a memory back to when she was young, “…back in Scotland…” she begins — joking as she teases the ‘oh THAT’S where that accent is from’ reaction she must often get — Manson shares when she was younger and with a particular boy who cheated on her, she turned to music, first discovering The Pretenders and Blondie… the songs she wrote then were inspired by religiously listening to Blondie’s albums to cope with heartache.
The moment Blondie takes the stage, the crowd erupts with cheers and applause for the just-turned 72 front woman and talented band members. Debbie Harry looks as beautiful as ever — a goddess here on Earth in a custom-made London label VIN + OMI multi-studded caped coat with the message: “STOP FUCKING THE PLANET” paired with a beautiful head piece of two iridescent bumble bees in support of their latest studio album, Pollinator.
Blondie began their evening with their fun, upbeat, unforgettable smash hit “One Way Or Another,” which set the energy standard for the evening. To any of us in the crowd, it’s almost impossible to wrap our minds around the fact that Blondie has been at this for the past 40 years. Especially since the faces staring back at the band range from all ages — young girls in their early teens are singing and dancing along to the songs from way before their time. Debbie Harry appears to be glowing as she dances around, still capable of hitting the smooth high notes she is known for hit after hit. Just when you thought Blondie couldn’t get more impressive, they have. Original drummer Clem Burke amazes the crowd with the impressive drum solos as original guitarist Chris Stein follows up with spiky jabs and his calling back in guitar solos that leave the fans in awe.
The band performed a fifteen-song setlist, pulling from the best of their eleven studio albums and three covers, including “Rainy Day Woman” by Bob Dylan. They close the night with an encore of “Maria” and “Dreaming,” a moment embodying the exact definition of bittersweet. The ending notes: “dreaming is free” echoing throughout the vineyard as fans hold on to this moment, to relive again and again in their dreams.
One Way or Another
Hanging on the Telephone (The Nerves Cover)
In The Flesh
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (Bob Dylan Cover)
Fragments (Unkindness cover)
Heart of Glass
Be sure to catch Garbage and Blondie on the remaining dates of their Rage and Rapture tour this summer!
07/05 – Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery %
07/07 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl %
07/08 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Pearl Concert Theater %
07/12 – Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield %
07/14 – Nampa, ID @ Idaho Center Amphitheatre %
07/16 – Englewood, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre %
07/18 – Kansas City, MO @ Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts %
07/19 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah’s Council Bluffs Hotel & Casino %
07/21 – Prior Lake, MN @ Mystic Lake Casino-Mystic Showroom %
07/22 – Highland Park, IL @ Ravinia Festival %
07/25 – Lewiston, NY @ Artpark #
07/26 – Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre for Performing Arts #
07/28 – Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre #
07/29 – Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts #
07/30 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion #
08/01 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre #
08/02 – Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center for the Performing Arts #
08/05 – Raleigh, NC @ The Red Hat Amphitheater #
08/08 – Hollywood, FL @ Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena #
08/09 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live #
08/11 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits #
08/12 – Dallas, TX @ Southside Ballroom #
% = w/ John Doe & Exene Cervenka
# = w/ Deap Vally