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Blondie and Garbage Will Join Forces for a Co-Headline Tour

If you're a former angry teen, and can easily get to North America, it's time to get excited.
Lauren O'Neill
London, GB

If, like me, you were once a teenage girl who enjoyed going to rock shows where you would probably get kicked in the head, you're likely stoked on the news that Blondie (who just announced their new album Pollinator with its first single "Fun") and Garbage (whose LP Strange Little Birds dropped last year) will be heading out on a co-headline tour this summer. The "Rage and Rapture" tour will make stops in cities across North America in July and August, and will be supported in its first half by John Doe and Exene Cervenka of X, and Deap Valley for the second leg. Though the two bands are separated by the generations, their coming together feels like a spiritual inevitability, if only because both Debbie Harry and Shirley Manson are toughies who have lived on the walls of angry teens' bedrooms all over the world, seemingly since the beginning of time. This tour is homage to that, and its news will surely light a fire in the belly of girls who learned how to punch at rock shows everywhere.

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Here are the confirmed dates:

July 5 – The Mountain Winery: Saratoga, CA
July 7 – Santa Barbara Bowl: Santa Barbara, CA  
July 8 – The Pearl Concert Theater: Las Vegas, NV  
July 12 – Edgefield: Troutdale, OR
July 14 – Idaho Center Amphitheater: Nampa (Boise), ID
July 16 – Fiddler's Green Amphitheater: Englewood, CO
July 18 – Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts: Kansas City, MO
July 19 – Harrah's Council Bluffs Hotel & Casino: Council Bluffs, IA
July 21 – Mystic Lake Casino - Mystic Showroom: Prior Lake, MN 
July 22 – Ravinia Festival: Highland Park, IL
July 25 – Artpark: Lewiston, NY
July 26 – Sony Centre for the Performing Arts: Toronto, ON
July 28 – Count Basie Theatre: Red Bank, NJ
July 29 – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts: Bethel, NY 
July 30 – Blue Hills Bank Pavillion: Boston, MA
August 1 – Beacon Theatre: New York, NY
August 2 – Mann Center for the Performing Arts: Philadelphia, PA
August 5 – The Red Hat Amphitheater: Raleigh, NC
August 8 – Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena: Hollywood, FL
August 9 – Hard Rock Live: Orlando, FL
August 11 – ACL Live: Austin, TX
August 12 – Southside Ballroom: Dallas, TX

You can find Lauren reliving the halcyon days of getting hit at gigs on Twitter.

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