Blondie Back In New Zealand
Blondie Back In New Zealand
The Trusts Stadium Arena November 29
NEW TICKETS ON SALE
The Drab Doo-Riffs -- fronted by the notoriously energetic Karl Steven of multi-platinum selling, iconic Kiwi group Supergroove – have been named as the support act for BLONDIE at The Trusts Stadium Arena in Auckland on November 29.
New premium-reserve tickets have been put on sale today due to demand for this concert also featuring UK punk rockers The Stranglers as very special guests.
Group Shot 2 WebThe gig coincides with the November release by The Drab Doo-Riffs of their latest EP entitled ‘Aquatic Ape Theory’. The band, infamous for their live shows where they revel in creating an atmosphere of controlled chaos, already have three EP’s under their belt. They’ve featured at The Big Day Out, opened for The Cult and the UK’s Kitty and Daisy and Lewis as well as toured nationally with Liam Finn. They have enjoyed ranking at number 1 on Bfm’s top ten several times and after twice receiving a New Zealand on Air Recording Artists grant they have produced animated videos for singles ‘Hot Tanya’ and ‘I’m Depressed’ to much critical acclaim, thanks to their bassist, artist M.F Joyce.
Their signing as support acts turns this concert into an event of epic proportions! Blondie have enjoyed a stream of timeless top ten hits bursting with great hooks and brilliant iconic lyrics.
“I’m so excited to bring Blondie back to New Zealand. They enjoyed their first taste of success here back in the ‘70s and have a legion of fans awaiting their return, ” says promoter Andrew McManus. “Deborah Harry is like no other front-woman in the industry – fans can expect a first-class show.”
Blondie emerged from New York in the late ‘70s and quickly became music, style and pop culture icons selling over 40 million albums globally throughout their 37-year career. Scoring hits with reggae, rock/disco, hip-hop and pop songs alike, Blondie pioneered the early American new wave and punk scenes of the ‘70s.
The disco-infused track Heart of Glass was Blondie’s first US number one single which became a worldwide hit selling more than a million copies. Blondie repeatedly reached the top of the charts over the course of four decades with hits such as One Way Or Another, Rapture, The Tide Is High, Call Me, Picture This, Rip Her To Shreds, Hanging On The Telephone and Maria. The band landed a phenomenal five US and five UK number one singles cementing them as music royalty.
Deborah Harry is unquestionably one of the most important and influential women to have graced the stage and a living punk icon. Blondie has continued to be a powerhouse live act, attracting audiences around the world. 2006 saw Blondie inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the band’s plaque situated right below The Beatles.
Blondie’s special guests are English punk rockers The Stranglers who scored 23 UK top 40 singles and 17 UK top 40 albums over a career spanning five decades. The Stranglers are the longest surviving and most continuously successful band to come out of the ‘70s UK punk scene. Top hits include Golden Brown, No More Heroes, Peaches, Always the Sun and Skin Deep.
“We are very happy to be coming back to New Zealand. We always enjoy playing there,“ says Blondie guitar legend Chris Stein.
The Stranglers’ Jean Jacques Burnel reveals:
“With the Stranglers always expect the unexpected. We've got a lot of ground to cover in a short space of time.”