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Blondie announce rescheduled dates for first UK tour in five years

Blondie play shows across April and May, with support from Johnny Marr

By Charlotte Krol

Members of the band Blondie pose in a 2022 press shot
Blondie. (Picture: Press)

Blondie have rescheduled their ‘Against The Odds’ UK tour dates to April and May.

The New Yorkers will be joined by Johnny Marr for the dates that take in Liverpool, Birmingham, Manchester, Hull, Nottingham, Brighton, Cardiff, London, Glasgow and Leeds.

Blondie singer Debbie Harry said: “Having collaborated with Johnny on Blondie’s last album, ‘Pollinator’, and with plans for a new collaboration on our next album, we are looking forward to a long overdue return to the UK, and even better, to sharing the stage with the inspirational musical influence that is Johnny Marr.”

Drummer Clem Burke added: “We will now be joined by our special guest and friend Johnny Marr. We’re happy to continue our relationship with Johnny that began with his contribution to our last album ‘Pollinator’. Looking forward to seeing all our UK fans in the Spring.”

“I’m delighted to be going out with Blondie, to hear those classic songs every night, and be in the presence of twenty first century heroes,” Marr added.

Blondie ‘Against The Odds’ UK tour dates 2022:

22 – The SSE Hydro Glasgow
24 – Motorpoint Arena Cardiff
26 – The O2 Arena London
28 – The Brighton Centre
29 – Bonus Arena Hull

01 – AO Arena Manchester
02 – Liverpool M&S Bank Arena
04 – First Direct Arena Leeds
05 – Motorpoint Arena Nottingham
07 – Birmingham Utilitia Arena

You can buy Blondie tickets here.

In other Blondie news, guitarist Chris Stein revealed yesterday (February 24) that the band have started “working up new material”. Their last album was 2017’s ‘Pollinator’.

Meanwhile, Marr spoke to his friend, the writer Jon Savage, in a conversation feature for Rolling Stone UK recently.

The post-punk contemporaries discussed their relationship, their enduring work ethic and the challenges that young people face today.

Savage said: “I think it’s very hard for young people now for two main reasons. Number one is just the amount of information available. There’s so much out there, you can find out anything. It’s so niche, it’s so broken up. It’s very difficult to get people together in the same way. But also you’ve got climate change. That’s the biggie. That’s behind everything that’s happening now, including Brexit.” 

Jon Savage laughs on a sofa and Johnny Marr holds his hand to his face
Johnny Marr and Jon Savage (Picture: Alexis Gavan).

Marr responded: “For my generation, certainly for my background, we were the first generation of school leavers who were told in very alarming and big headlines, the first million unemployed. Now, that is a really depressing message because it basically says ‘Scrapheap, scrapheap, scrapheap, you are not worthy.’

“As a parent, one of the things that I saw throughout the early 00s into the present day is that … what has got worse for young people now is the invisible hand of capitalism that comes down from the skies and at every opportunity reaches into a child’s pocket. I may be being naive, but I don’t remember it being quite that fucking cynical when I was young.”