Photos: Garbage and Blondie Tour Shows Rock Matriarchs at Their Height

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Photos: Garbage and Blondie Tour Shows Rock Matriarchs at Their Height

Pairing Garbage and Blondie for a co-headlining tour is a near stroke of genius. Both bands have occupied similar roles in their generations, bending, warping and prodding at the boundaries of guitar/bass/drums rock to weave something far more interesting and experimental. Blondie’s grand leap of innovation came as early as 1978 when “Heart of Glass” and “Call Me” (produced by Giorgio Moroder) merged New York post-punk with grooving disco. But 1980s’s “Rapture” can be cited as one of the earliest mainstream embraces of hip-hop, featuring Debbie Harry spitting swift rhymes during a bridge and namechecking Grandmaster Flash. Garbage likewise merged barbed, industrial guitar riffs with shimmering vocals from the mid-90s onward, building off the grunge chops of producing legend-turned-drummer Butch Vig and frontwoman Shirley Manson’s sensual, scorching presence. Both bands combined this summer for the Rage and Rapture Tour, and it is absolutely as wonderful and bombastic as it sounds. Paste photographer Sarah Hess captured the dual performance at Ravinia in Highland Park, as seen in the gallery above. Garbage and Blondie will be touring in the southern United States through mid-August.