Blondie, Garbage, Deap Vally

Girl Power rocks South Florida with Blondie, Garbage and Deap Vally!!
– review of the show at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Hard Rock Live. (Hollywood).

While both Blondie and Garbage were rock heavyweights several years before, age doesn’t seem to be slowing them down now in the slightest. In fact, both bands have garnered considerable success on the charts. Blondie’s newest album, Po11inator, which features songs prominently by outside writers has charted well in the States as well as Australia and Europe. The album marks the band’s ninth Top 10 album in the United Kingdom and their first since 1999’s No Exit. Collaborators on the album include: Sia, Dev Hynes (Blood Orange), Charlie XCX, David Sitek (TV On The Radio), Nick Valensi (The Strokes), Johnny Marr (The Smiths), Adam Johnston, Joan Jett and John Roberts.

Garbage’s latest offering Strange Little Birds debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Rock albums chart just last year.

Not really sure what to expect for The Rage and Rapture Tour, I found myself seemingly empowered by the stage presence of each band. It truly was girl power at its finest even showcasing at the beginning with the young LA outfit Deap Vally. Now I must admit, I only know a little about Blondie and Deap Vally, mainly because I’m more a byproduct of the era of Garbage, but I was definitely won over by them both. Afterall, each band fired off so much energy that the crowd and myself were constantly enthralled. I think it’s only a matter of time for Deap Vally to accomplish a bit of the success of what Blondie and Garbage have done in the States. Already two albums deep, they’ve charted on both in the UK.

Still, this night to me was all about Garbage and while they didn’t have the most eye-catching stage effects, Shirley Manson and the rest of the band delivered on high notes with a catalog of hits that invigorated their fan base. Tracks on the night included #1 Crush, I Think I’m Paranoid, Stupid Girl, Push It, Special, Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go!), Vow, The World is Not Enough (theme song of James Bond film of same name), plus newer tracks Empty and No Horses.

Blondie, with whom Shirley Manson (a huge fan) inducted into the Hall of Fame, took notable hits right out of their vault beginning with One Way or Another. However, when old staples like Call Me, Rapture and Heart of Glass came to the forefront, the crowd’s anthems were absolutely massive. It didn’t seem to come down at all in the newer hits Fun and Long Time from their latest album. During their vivacious set, frontwoman Debbie Harry also performed covered a track by The Nerves, Bob Dylan, An Unkindness and The Paragon.

pic by Ralph Notaro

pic by Ralph Notaro

pic by Ralph Notaro

pic by Ralph Notaro