What do Charli XCX, Johnny Marr, Sia, Dev Hynes, Laurie Anderson, Joan Jett, Canadian movie blogger Adam Johnston and John Roberts of Bob’s Burgers have in common? They all worked on Blondie’s 11th album, Pollinator.
The record comes out May 5 (via BMG), and following the release singer Debbie Harry, guitarist Chris Stein and drummer Clem Burke area hitting the road with Garbage. The itinerary includes a long-overdue appearance in Toronto at the Sony Centre on July 26.
Although Blondie has played other southern Ontario cities over the years, the date marks the band’s first proper Toronto gig since a 2004 show at the now defunct venue Guvernment.
Produced by John Congleton, Pollinator was the last album to be recorded at legendary New York studio Magic Shop (David Bowie recorded Blackstar there) before it shuttered. The album was a highly collaborative affair for the new wave forerunners, with the aforementioned names – as well as the Strokes’ Nick Valensi and TV on the Radio’s Dave Sitek – songwriting, producing and playing on its 11 tracks.
“We put the word out and asked people for songs, and we got a lot of responses. I’m happy the way it all came together,” Harry said in a statement. “It was a different approach for us, to draw in all of these things. I feel like we did what we did back [in the 1970s] and we put out these sounds and ideas, and now we’ve come full circle, pulling it back in, continuing this ongoing chain of events, this circular motion.”
Core Blondie members Harry, Stein and Burke will be joined onstage by bassist Leigh Foxx, guitarist Tommy Kessler and keyboardist Matt Katz-Bohen.
July 26 at Sony Centre (1 Front East), doors 7 pm, all ages, with Garbage. $44.50-$122.50. On sale Friday (February 17) at 10 am. ticketmaster.ca.
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