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Elvis Costello & the Imposters and Blondie Announce Summer Tour

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This summer, two of the most celebrated acts of the past several decades will join up for a co-headlining tour when Elvis Costello & the Imposters and Blondie hit the road together.

The tour, announced on Tuesday, will be put on by Live Nation and hit 13 cities across the United States. It comes as both nostalgic acts have been pretty busy in recent years, as Blondie toured the country with Garbage in support of its 2017 album Pollinator, while Costello and the Imposters toured throughout much of 2018 themselves.

You probably don’t need much more in terms of an explainer of who these two acts are, but just in case:

Elvis Costello, Pete Thomas and Steve Nieve are all members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Elvis Costello is an Oscar-nominated and BAFTA and Grammy award-winning composer and member of the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. Costello has received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from both the University of Liverpool and the New England Conservatory. Costello’s unconventional memoir, Unfaithful Music and Disappearing Ink, was published by Blue Rider/Penguin in 2015. The New York Times review began, “Songs can be many things,” Elvis Costello writes in his new autobiography: “an education, a seduction, some solace in heartache, a valve for anger, a passport, your undoing, or even a lottery ticket. Mr. Costello’s book, Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink, manages to be all these things, and a pint of Guinness and a bag of chips. It’s streaked with some of the best writing – funny, strange, spiteful, anguished – we’ve ever had from an important musician.”  The book went on to spend several weeks on the NY Times Best Seller List.  

Ever the bona fide international ambassadors of New York cool, Blondie – vocalist-songwriter Debbie Harry, guitarist and co-writer Chris Stein, powerhouse drummer Clem Burke, and long-time band members bassist Leigh Foxx, guitarist Tommy Kessler and keyboardist Matt Katz-Bohen – has become and still remains a true national treasure; one whose influence both shaped and continues to inform the worlds of music, fashion, art and pop culture. Blondie’s chart-topping success, fearless spirit and rare longevity led to an induction into the Rock ‘N’ 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 50 million albums sold worldwide to date. 

The schedule of shows:

7/20 – Bethel, NY @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
7/21 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
7/23 – Boston, MA @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
7/24 – Forest Hills, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium*
7/26 – Washington DC @ The Anthem*
7/27 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
8/1 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Pearl Theater At The Palms
8/2 – Temecula, CA @ Pechanga Summit
8/4 – Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheatre
8/5 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
8/7 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl*
8/8 – San Francisco, CA @ Concord Pavilion
8/10 – Seattle, WA @ Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
*Not a Live Nation date

Be sure to read out recent chat with Blondie’s Chris Stein at this link, while you await the ticket onsale on Saturday, April 6.

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