Posted in music | tour dates on April 7, 2010

by Bill Pearis

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Hard-rockin', goth-tinged Concrete Blonde are reforming for the 20th anniversary of their album Bloodletting, which spawned the band's only Top 40 hit, "Joey." The reunited band, who haven't played together for five years, will play Webster Hall on Thursday, June 10 and tickets are on sale this Friday (4/9) at noon. There aren't a lot of details to be gathered from Concrete Blonde's official website (like full tour dates), but it sounds like another of these "play the album in full" tours.

Formed in Los Angeles in 1982 by singer Johnette Napolitano and guitarist James Mankey, the band was originally called Dream 6 until Michael Stipe suggested they change their name to Concrete Blonde. Bloodletting was the band's third album which, in addition to "Joey", found Modern Rock radio success with the LP's title track -- that has since been used in more than one Vampire movie/TV show over the last 20 years. The band made two more albums before breaking up in 1995.

Napolitano and Mankey revived the band in 2002 for two more albums but got back together for a sixth studio album and tour in 2002 before breaking up again in 2006.

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Comments (11)

FYI - "Tomorrow, Wendy" is the song written by Andy Prieboy, which was also featured on his album "...Upon My Wicked Son". While I love "Bloodletting", I think Prieboy's rendition of the song, with the chorus sung by Napolitano, is superior.

Posted by Jason Pitzl-Waters | April 7, 2010 6:36 PM

I love Platinum Blonde.

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2010 6:46 PM

Ever heard her sing live? Napolitano did a soundcheck one night when a band I played in opened for Concrete Blonde on NYE 2003-4. What a voice; James is such a great guitarist. That solo on "Joey" is the best.

Posted by Anonymous | April 7, 2010 7:53 PM

@Jason Pitzl-Waters,

you're absolutely right, it was "tomorrow wendy" not "joey"... my memory is not what it once was.

-b

Posted by bill p | April 7, 2010 10:08 PM

Still in Hollywood is a good song from their first album I believe.

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2010 3:09 AM

I love Platinum blonde too- that Standing in the Dark album was great!

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2010 10:12 AM

Anyone heard who's playing drums this time around? Is Harry back?

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2010 10:13 AM

Johnette has one of the top 5 voices ever! - See her live it's unreal!

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2010 10:14 AM

"@Jason Pitzl-Waters,"

This ain't twitter. No need for the @ symbol.

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2010 10:59 AM

I love their song "Caroline".

Posted by Anonymous | April 8, 2010 11:44 AM

I've been a fan since the late 80s--I feel like I've grown up with Johnette's voice and words. Can't remember the last time I was so excited for a show!

Posted by Ayelet | June 10, 2010 11:05 AM

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