June 11, 2012

Blondie/Devo “Whip It To Shreds” Tour This September

Author: Barry L. Kramer

Blondie and Devo are thrilled to announce the “Whip It To Shreds” tour, a U.S. co-headlining run of dates kicking off September 7 and hitting 13 select cities before wrapping September 26.  Tickets go on sale Friday, June 15. Check the tour schedule for the complete list of tour dates.

Debbie Harry, Clem Burke and Chris Stein, along with newer Blondie band members Leigh Foxx, Tommy Kessler and Matt Katz-Bohen, will be playing the acclaimed songs from their most recent album Panic of Girls, as well as the biggest hits from their storied four-decade career. Devo, who released their first studio album in two decades with 2010′s highly praised Something for Everybody and have been touring since, will mix up their set with their newer material and the classics. Original members Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh and Gerald and Bob Casale will take the stage with tour drummer Jeff Friedl rounding out the line-up.

“We can’t wait to get out on the road with Devo. It’s going to be an incredible show and we’re excited to share it with our fans,” says Debbie Harry.

Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh says, “We are looking forward to performing alongside Blondie and swapping costumes backstage.”

Blondie’s 9th studio album Panic of Girls was released in 2011 on the band’s own imprint exclusively via Amazon and was celebrated by the likes of New York Times, Spin, Billboard, USA Today, People, Entertainment Weekly, GQ, Marie Claire, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar. Blondie received rave reviews during their sold-out North American tour and made two very special national TV performances on the TODAY Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to perform the single “Mother, ” a nod to the legendary West 14th Street night club of the same name. Watch the video herePanic of Girls is colored with inspirations from New York City’s roiling melting pot and street-level pop culture, featuring new wave dance gems, songs sung in French and Spanish and a reggae cover are threaded together with a timeless pop sheen.  Blondie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006 and has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide.

More than three decades after the release of their visionary debut, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo, and a full 20 years since their last studio album, Devo released their 9th studio effort Something for Everybody in 2010. The lauded album was built on Devo’s signature funky, mechanized swing, hearkening back to the revolutionary sound, style, and de-evolutionary philosophy that made them one of the most trailblazing bands of the New Wave era.

Praise for Blondie and Panic of Girls:
“Harry, Stein and others tapped into a rich alchemical vein during those years in the Bowery lab. They located pop’s sacred ground, the eternal now, and have remained there against all ravages of time. Maybe this is Blondie’s genius.” – New York Magazine
“…the latest reunion of this great New York band still holds many charms… synths buzzing like neon, reggae barely winking at dancehall, and Debbie Harry intoning lyrics in French and Spanish… enough irresponsible momentum and guitar grime to erase the feeling that it would all sound better live.” – SPIN

Praise for Devo & Something for Everybody:
“… frantic and wall-to-wall catchy.” – Rolling Stone
“… their sonic instincts still intact, the wheezy synths and buzzing guitars sharp and modern. Devo still sit right up front of the good ship electronica.” – BBC

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