|Wednesday, August 22, 2018||8:00pm|
Blondie, the band behind timeless hits “Heart of Glass,” “Call Me, “The Tide is High” and more, will make its first-ever stop at the Great New York State Fair’s Chevy Court with a show at 8 p.m. August 22. Lead singer Debbie Harry leads the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame band, as she has since it began in 1974. The concert takes place on the Fair’s opening day, when admission is $1.
For the last four decades, Blondie has become and remains a true national treasure; one whose influence both shaped and continues to inform the worlds of music, fashion and art. From an irreverent Lower East Side punk outfit to bona fide international ambassadors of New York cool, Blondie will forever be synonymous with that punk spirit that lives somewhere in all of us. Comprised of singer-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, Blondie's chart-topping success, fearless spirit and rare longevity led to an induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, a NME Godlike Genius Award in 2014, a Q Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music in 2016, the 2017 Silver Clef Outstanding Achievement Award and more than 45 million albums sold worldwide to date. Debbie Harry’s persona and the band’s boundary-pushing pop have shaped the look and sound of many chart-topping female artists who followed in the last three decades.
Blondie’s newest album, “Pollinator,” delves even deeper into this idea: inspiration from Blondie’s action-packed, cross-pollinating past shaping the sound of our collective future. Selected as one of Rolling Stone Magazine’s 20 Best Pop Albums of 2017, “Pollinator” is a remarkable album that stands alongside any in their celebrated and trailblazing career. Grammy Award-winning producer John Congleton (The Decemberists, St. Vincent, Sigur Ros) brought out the late ‘70s “Parallel Lines” attitude of Blondie again on “Pollinator,” with arrangements that are fast and fun, lyrics that are romantic and teasing, and synth-stoked hooks that evoke the new wave era.
Concerts at Chevy Court, which drew more than a quarter million people in 2017, are sponsored by Chevrolet and are free with admission to the Fair.