Step aside Beyoncé, there is a new queen in town. Debbie Harry secured her title as number one queen bee as The Rage and Rapture Tour made its way to Toronto last night. The New York punk rockers Blondie performed a sold out show at The Sony Center. Opening acts Deap Vally and rock veterans Garbage both contributed average performances. It was clear the crowd was buzzing to see Blondie.
The show kicked off with Deap Vally, a two piece female band from Los Angeles, California. Next up, legendary alternative rock group Garbage took to the stage. They played a number of their 90s hits such as “Push,” Only Happy When It Rains” and “Stupid Girl”. Although the group’s performance projected a lot of energy, especially from frontwoman Shirley Manson, the set was mediocre. The audience wasn’t engaged and the sound was hollow at times, leaving many crowd-goers in their seats.
The mood changed once Blondie hit the stage at 9:15 pm, supporting their latest release Pollinator (BMG Rights Management) Harry sported a black and yellow bee-like ensemble. The band shared a few new songs with the audience from their 11th studio album including “Fun,” “Already Naked,” “My Monster” and “Long Time”. They also played a number of tracks from their popular 1978 album Parallel Lines including “One Way Or Another,” “Heart Of Glass,” and “Hanging On The Telephone.” While, the crowd immersed themselves into “Call Me,” “Rapture” and “Atomic.”
Showing off their skills during a few notable solos, drummer Clem Burke and guitarist Tommy Kessler upped the ante and enhanced the concert experience . The group covered Adam Johnson, Bob Dylan, and unveiled a very punk rendition of Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On”. The show closed with classics “The Tide Is High” and “Dreaming.” Overall, a very solid show from the new-wave pioneers.