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Artpark welcomes Blondie & Garbage co-headlining 'Rage and Rapture' Tour

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Wed, Feb 8th 2017 03:30 pm
Blondie (Photo by Alexander Thompson)
Blondie (Photo by Alexander Thompson)

Blondie & Garbage on Wednesday announced a co-headline North American tour that will kick off on July 5 in Saratoga, California, and wrap on Aug. 12 in Dallas.

The show stops in Lewiston as part of Artpark & Company's "Tuesdays in the Park" on July 25.

John Doe & Exene Cervenka will provide support on the first leg of the tour, with Deap Vally supporting the second leg (including Artpark). Tickets for the "Rage and Rapture" Tour go on sale starting at 10 a.m. local time Friday, Feb. 17. The Artpark on sale date is Friday, Feb. 24.

Fans can also access a ticket pre-sale now HERE using the password RAGEANDRAPTURE (pre-sale not available in all markets). Artpark's presale begins on Monday, Feb. 13.

Garbage is Shirley Manson, Duke Erikson, Steve Marker and Butch Vig. After forming in Madison, Wisconsin, Garbage released their self-titled debut album in 1995. The band's unique sound and provocative visual aesthetic inspired massive worldwide attention and success. Their follow-up album, "Version 2.0," released in 1998, topped charts all over the world. It garnered multiple Grammy Award nominations, including Album Of The Year.

Garbage went on to release two more albums: 2001's "Beautiful Garbage" and 2005's "Bleed Like Me," the latter of which earned the band its highest chart position with a No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200. After a seven-year hiatus, the band released its fifth studio album, "Not Your Kind of People," in 2012 on its independent record label, STUNVOLUME. The album was named one of Rolling Stone magazine's Top 50 Albums of 2012 and was hailed as the "alternative to everything" by Pitchfork.

Garbage has sold over 15 million albums worldwide and performed in more than 35 countries. In 2015, the band celebrated its 20th anniversary with a sold-out "20 Years Queer" world tour and the release of a special 20th anniversary edition of their debut album, re-mastered and featuring previously unreleased material. 

Last year, Garbage released "Strange Little Birds." The album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's top rock albums and alternative albums chart, and arrived at No. 14 overall on the Billboard 200. This summer, Garbage will release an autobiographical coffee-table book, "This Is The Noise That Keeps Me Awake." The book is currently available for preorder HERE.

 

Over the past four decades, Blondie has become and still remains a true national treasure - one whose influence both shaped and continues to inform the worlds of music, fashion and art. From an irreverent Lower East Side punk outfit to bona fide international ambassadors of New York cool, Blondie will forever be synonymous with that punk spirit that lives somewhere in all of us.

Comprised of singer-songwriter Debbie Harry, guitarist and co-writer Chris Stein, powerhouse drummer Clem Burke, and longtime band members bassist Leigh Foxx, guitarist Tommy Kessler and keyboardist Matt Katz-Bohen, Blondie's chart-topping success, fearless spirit and rare longevity led to an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, a NME Godlike Genius Award in 2014, a Q Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music in 2016, and more than 40 million albums sold worldwide to date.

Harry's persona and the band's boundary-pushing pop have shaped the look and sound of many chart-topping female artists, who followed in the past three decades. And the band's newest album, "Pollinator" (out May 5 via BMG), delves even deeper into this idea. The thought is that inspiration from Blondie's action-packed, cross-pollinating past is shaping the sound of our collective future.

PRESS HERE to listen to "Fun," the first song off the band's release, and PRESS HERE to pre-order "Pollinator," which features songwriting from Sia, Blood Orange frontman Dev Hynes, British singer Charli XCX, Dave Sitek (TV On The Radio), Nick Valensi (The Strokes) and Johnny Marr (The Smiths).

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