It was back in February when it was announced that Blondie and Garbage would team up for their Rage and Rapture summer tour. For Blondie, the tour is in support of the band’s new album, Pollinator, which was released this past May through BMG. As for Garbage, the alt rock group released their sixth studio album, Strange Little Birds, last June which debuted at the number one spot on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums.

Their show in July at the Pearl Theater inside the Palms was as captivating a visual spectacle as it was a balanced time capsule featuring a perfect mix of long loved gems, as well as a few more modern counterparts.

I have overheard Blondie’s Call Me, One Way or Another and Heart of Glass playing in countless malls, on the radio and on occasion as somebody’s karaoke selection, but never did I think I’d get to hear those iconic numbers straight from new wave legend Debbie Harry herself. Wearing a bee-adorned hair band and a black cape with the message “Stop Fucking With the Planet,” the 72-year-old sang like a woman half her age. Audience favorites from her newest album were the more upbeat tracks like“Fun” and “Long Time.”

The same can be said of Shirley Manson who, sporting a shimmery pink sequined evening gown, was as active on stage and engaging with the audience as always. The 20-year-old rock band drew fans from all along the spectrum, satisfying the casual Garbage fan with classic songs like “Stupid Girl,” “Only Happy When It Rains,” “Stupid Girl,” “I Think I’m Paranoid” and  “Special.” For some of their more hardcore fans the band played ” Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go!),”  “Bleed Like Me” and “#1 Crush.”

Setlists:

Garbage

  • No Horses
  • Queer
  • #1 Crush
  • Empty
  • I Think I’m Paranoid
  • Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go!)
  • Blackout
  • Special
  • Cup of Coffee
  • Even Though Our Love Is Doomed
  • The World Is Not Enough
  • Stupid Girl
  • Only Happy When It Rains
  • Push It
  • Vow
Blondie

  • One Way or Another
  • Hanging on the Telephone
  • Fun
  • Call Me
  • My Monster
  • In the Flesh
  • Rapture
  • Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
  • Fragments
  • Long Time
  • Atomic
  • Too Much
  • Heart of Glass

Encore:

  • Union City Blue
  • Play Video
  • Dreaming

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