Blondie, Devo Bring Back the 80s in September Tour
In perhaps the most fittingly named tour ever, Blondie and Devo have announced that they have teamed up for the “Whip It To Shreds” tour for later this year.
The tour will kick off September 7 in Woodinville, Wash., and is scheduled to run through September 26 when the two legendary New Wave bands arrive in Chicago. In between, the groups will play Ridgefield, Wash.; San Francisco; Saratoga, Calif.; Citrus Heights, Calif.; Newport Beach, Calif.; Austin, Texas; Houston; Tampa; St. Augustine, Fla. and Carmel, Ind.
Debbie Harry expressed her excitement about the upcoming tour.
“We can’t wait to get out on the road with Devo,” she said. “It’s going to be an incredible show and we’re excited to share it with out fans.” But perhaps it was Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh’s statement about the tour that really sounds exciting about what we can expect, at least as far as wardrobe is concerned.
“We are looking forward to performing alongside Blondie and swapping costumes backstage,” he said.
Both bands have reunited relatively recently after hiatuses following their respective late-1970s and early 1980s heyday. Blondie has released three new albums since reunited, and the most recent, Panic of Girls, was released last year. The group, which has sold more than 40 million albums around the world throughout its four-decade career, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.
Devo released their first studio album in two decades in 2010 with Something for Everybody. The group, best known for the single “Whip It,” has been touring fairly consistently ever since. The group broke through with the legendary1978 album Q: Are We Not Men? A: We are Devo!
“Whip It” appeared on the group’s third album, Freedom of Choice, and the video for the song was put into heavy rotation during the early days of MTV.