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bbc.co.uk - 10th April 2008

Blondie tour to mark anniversary

US pop band Blondie are to embark on a tour to mark the 30th anniversary of their album Parallel Lines. 

The group will play a string of US dates in June before moving on to the UK in July, performing in Glasgow, Liverpool and the Guilfest festival. 

The album propelled Blondie, fronted by Deborah Harry, to stardom, spawning hit singles including Heart of Glass and Hangin' On The Telephone. 

Parallel Lines topped the charts in the UK and reached number six in the US. 

The tour will kick off in Baltimore on 5 June and the US leg will wind up at Milwaukee's Summerfest on 28 June.

The band will co-headline their concert in Liverpool on 22 July with The Stranglers and are also due to perform two gigs in Norway at the start of August. More shows are expected to be added. 

After five UK number one singles and six studio albums, Blondie split in 1982. 

They reformed in the late 1990s and returned to the charts after an absence of 17 years with a sixth UK chart-topper, Maria, in 1999. 

The band were inducted into the US Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.

Link: bbc.co.uk - 10th April 2008

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