There’s a lot of news from the Blondie front today as they announce a new album, single and tour.
Blondie will release Pollinator on May 5 via BMG. Produced by John Congleton and recorded at the now closed Magic Shop, the album includes guest appearances by Joan Jett, Laurie Anderson, John Roberts and the Gregory Brothers along with songs written by the likes of Johnny Marr, Sia, Charli XCX, David Sitek of TV on the Radio, Nick Valensi of the Strokes and Dev Hynes.
According to sources, the album has more of the sound of Blondie’s earlier recordings, giving up on the EDM style of their last album, Ghosts of Download.
The first single, Fun, is a collaboration with Sitek and returns the band to a bit of a disco sound. Guitarist Chris Stein said “Quoting Emma Goldman, ‘If I can’t dance I don’t want to be part of your revolution.’ In these trying times we need some fun.”
The track list for Pollinator:
Doom or Destiny
Best Day Ever
When I Gave up on You
Blondie have also announced the first dates of a promotional tour with shows in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and England:
04/01 – Hunter Valley, NSW, Australia – Bimbaden (with Cyndi Lauper)04/02 – Mount Cotton, QLD, Australia – Sirromet Winery (with Cyndi Lauper)04/04 – Sydney, NSW, Australia – ICC Sydney Theatre (with Cyndi Lauper)04/06 – Melbourne, VIC, Australia – Rod Laver Arena (with Cyndi Lauper)04/08 – Yarra Valley, VIC, Australia – Rochford Wines (with Cyndi Lauper)04/09 – McLaren Vale, SA, Australia – Leconfield Wines (with Cyndi Lauper)04/12 – Perth, WA, Australia – Kings Park & Botanic Gardens (with Cyndi Lauper)04/15 – Christchurch, New Zealand – Horncastle Arena (with Cyndi Lauper)04/17 – Auckland, New Zealand – Vector Arena (with Cyndi Lauper)
06/25 – Dublin, Ireland – Aviva Stadium (with Phil Collins)
06/30 – London, England – British Summer Time, Hyde Park (with Phil Collins)