Blondie teams with Devo for old-school new wave

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Entertainment,Music,Nancy Dunham

Don't be surprised if you see cameras at the upcoming Blondie concert when Debbie Harry and her bandmates take the stage.

The band, now on tour with Devo, tapes each of its concerts and is considering using them for an upcoming release, perhaps on its website. Although Blondie isn't collaborating with Devo, the show will likely offer plenty of fun, Harry said.

"I don't know if there are any big surprises," she said. "We are having great shows. We love being out on the road with Devo. They are great guys. They've been contemporaries of ours forever and we've never really toured together, so it's been great."

Though Blondie made its name in the new wave and punk scene of the 1970s and 1980s, the group has never been one to rest on its success. Blondie's 2011 album "Panic of Girls," updates the iconic sound that made the bandmates instant legends with a more contemporary style.

Onstage
Blondie with Devo
When: Doors 6 p.m., show 8 p.m. Monday
Where: State Theatre, 220 N. Washington St., Falls Church
Info: $57; 703-237-0300; thestatetheatre.com

Harry, guitarist Chris Stein and drummer Clem Burke are working on new songs for what may be an album or an online release. Harry and Stein are writing the songs individually, collaboratively and with other writers and have finalized four of them, Harry said.

Though Harry said the trio is anxious to get more songs out to fans, the release of "Panic of Girls" also took some time.

Still, the effort paid off big-time, with the album boosting the band back into the limelight, joined by bassist Leigh Foxx, who became part of Blondie in 1997, guitarist Tommy Kessler and keyboardist Matt Katz-Bohen.

The album's first single, "Mother," paid tribute to the New York nightclub in Blondie's old stomping ground.

"We had wanted to get into the studio for a couple of years, but we kept touring and touring and touring," Harry said of "Panic of Girls." "We were just trying to explore different tracks and how to get it released and marketed. It was a challenge."

Yet while the avenue for future releases is uncertain, Blondie's shows and recordings will continue, Harry said.

"I feel fortunate," Harry said of remaining musically relevant. "I guess I have been lucky to usually be at the right place at the right time."

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