These two female rock icons, who have never shared a stage before, are hitting the road together this summer on their ‘Call Me Invincible’ tour
. It will feature songs from their combined ten platinum albums and eight number one hits, including favorites such as ‘Heart of Glass,’ and ‘Love is a Battlefield.’ They arrive in Phoenix on July 28th at the Dodge Theatre
If there are two cooler rock-chicks on the proverbial road tour today, one would be hard pressed to name them. Tickets for this unique event will go quickly. According the joint press release, Deborah Harry, a.k.a. Blondie, says of her new stage mate, "Pat Benatar is not only a friend, but a fearless female rocker who has entertained me and her wealth of fans for so many years. This will be a reunion for us both and being able to bring our two shows to fans across the country is very exciting!" Pat Benatar returns the compliment, "Deborah and I have been friends forever. I'm thrilled that we're finally getting an opportunity to tour
together, it should be a blast."
If you think these dames of rock have been in quiet retirement until now, think again.
The sixty-three year old Deborah Harry, a former Playboy Bunny and best known as the lead singer for the band Blondie, has been working steadily all these years and has achieved success as a solo artist, as well as an actress; she has over 30 film roles and several television appearances to her credit.
Major international success came in 1978 with the album, Parallel Lines, that included the hit single ‘Heart of Glass,’ and continued steadily through 1981 when Harry released her first solo album. The band then regrouped but their tour was cut short by a band member’s illness. This and declining sales forced them to split up. But the Blondie machine kept going with successful remixes through the late 80s to the mid-90s, and in 1997, Blondie began working together once more to renewed applause. In fact Harry had the great distinction of winning a place in the Guinness World Book of Records in 1999 as the "Oldest Female Singer to Reach No. 1 in the UK Chart" with her hit, ‘Maria.’ She was 53.
According to Wikipedia, Blondie began recording further tracks in 2001 but the master tapes were lost after 9/11. The band regrouped in 2002 with a UK tour that preceded the successful release of a new single, ‘Good Boys,’ as well as their eighth studio album, The Curse of Blondie. The band continued touring for four years, and in 2006, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In the summer of 2007, Blondie toured the UK again and did a world tour
starting in October of 2008.
And what about Benatar? She hasn’t rested on her laurels, either.
Fifty-three year old Brooklyn born Benatar is a four-time Grammy Award-winner best known for hit songs ‘Love Is a Battlefield,’ ‘Hit Me with Your Best Shot,’ and ‘Heartbreaker.’ Billboard Magazine ranked Benatar as the most successful female rock vocalist of all-time with 19 Top 40 singles to her credit, as well as many Platimum albums.
Benatar’s mother was an opera singer and subsequently, classical music ruled in Pat’s household. This mezzo-soprano was classically trained all the way, even studying at Julliard. Nevertheless, she was always a rocker at heart. "I was singing Puccini and 'West Side Story' but I spent every afternoon after school with my little transistor radio listening to the Rolling Stones..."
Catch Benatar and Harry this summer at the Dodge Theater and be prepared to be blown away by two of rock’s best female legends.
Labels: Billboard Magazine, Blondie, Debra Harry, Pat Benatar, tour