New wave legends Blondie bring rapture to Hard Rock Live

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DANIELLE ST. LAUREN
  • Danielle St. Lauren
Forty years in and still glamorously grinding, Blondie – with the creative core of Debbie Harry, Chris Stein and Clem Burke intact – are on tour behind their 11th studio album, Pollinator. The band started as a group of punks creating music in New York City’s mythical ’70s downtown scene – alongside Suicide, the Ramones and the New York Dolls – that was undeniably danceable, but Harry and Stein went even further in entering new frontiers combining the worlds of hip-hop and pop/dance on “Rapture,” the pioneering collab with Fab Five Freddie that brought the band uptown. On Pollinator, Blondie look to the youth again for the conjoining of genres: The band collaborated on songs with Dev Hynes (Blood Orange), Charli XCX and even Johnny Marr. Making for even deeper mixtapes-made-manifest magic, the co-headliners on this “Rage and Rapture” tour are ’90s alt-rock supergroup Garbage.

with Garbage, Deap Vally | 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9 | Hard Rock Live, 6050 Universal Blvd. | 407-351-5483 | hardrock.com/orlando | $45.50-$120.50


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