Whip It To Shreds Tour
Blondie and Devo
Blondie and Devo Co-Headline “Whip It To Shreds” Tour This September
June 11, 2012 – New York, NY - Blondie and Devo are thrilled to announce the “Whip It To Shreds” tour, a U.S. co-headlining run of dates kicking off September 7th and hitting 13 select cities before wrapping September 26th. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 15th. The full list of tour dates is below.
Debbie Harry, Clem Burke and Chris Stein, along with newer Blondie band members Leigh Foxx, Tommy Kessler and Matt Katz-Bohen, will be playing the acclaimed songs from their most recent album Panic of Girls, as well as the biggest hits from their storied four-decade career. Devo, who released their first studio album in two decades with 2010’s highly praised Something for Everybody and have been touring since, will mix up their set with their newer material and the classics. Original members Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh and Gerald and Bob Casale will take the stage with tour drummer Jeff Friedl rounding out the line-up.
“We can’t wait to get out on the road with Devo. It’s going to be an incredible show and we’re excited to share it with our fans,” says Debbie Harry.
Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh says, “We are looking forward to performing alongside Blondie and swapping costumes backstage.”
Blondie’s 9th studio album Panic of Girls was released in 2011 on the band’s own imprint exclusively via Amazon and was celebrated by the likes of New York Times, Spin, Billboard, USA Today, People, Entertainment Weekly, GQ, Marie Claire, Elle and Harper’s Bazaar. Blondie received rave reviews during their sold-out North American tour and made two very special national TV performances on the TODAY Show and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to perform single “Mother, ” a nod to the legendary West 14th Street night club of the same name. Watch the video here. Panic of Girls is colored with inspirations from New York City's roiling melting pot and street-level pop culture, featuring new wave dance gems, songs sung in French and Spanish and a reggae cover are threaded together with a timeless pop sheen. Blondie was inducted into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame in 2006 and has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide.
More than three decades after the release of their visionary debut, Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo, and a full 20 years since their last studio album, Devo released their 9th studio effort Something for Everybody in 2010. The lauded album was built on Devo's signature funky, mechanized swing, hearkening back to the revolutionary sound, style, and de-evolutionary philosophy that made them one of the most trailblazing bands of the New Wave era.
Devo is an American rock group formed in Akron, Ohio, United States in 1972. The band split in 1991 and returned in 1996. The band currently consists of Gerald Casale (vocals, bass), Mark Mothersbaugh (vocals, synthesizer), Bob Mothersbaugh (guitar), Bob Casale (guitar, keyboards) and Josh Freese (drums). The band released their first album in 20 years, “Something For Everybody” on June 15, 2010.
Their style has been variously classified as punk, industrial and rock, but are most often considered to be the 70s/early 80s New Wave band that ushered in the synth pop of the 1980s, along with other acts such as Gary Numan and The B-52s.
Devo’s music and stage show mingle kitsch science fiction themes, deadpan surrealist humor, and mordantly satirical social commentary, often dealing with the concept of De-Evolution, in sometimes-discordant pop songs that often feature unusual synthetic instrumentation and time signatures.
Their work has proved hugely influential on subsequent popular music, particularly New Wave, alternative and grunge music, they created some memorable music videos popular in the early days of MTV.