[Debbie] Harry's assuredness is as appealing now as it was then. Even when she takes off the mask and she's just a 72-year-old body-popping in plain black leggings and platform sandals, singing Bob Dylan's "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35," there's a calming grace in simply being in her presence.

It would seem that no one agrees with this sentiment more than Shirley Manson, the lead singer of Garbage, who opened the show. When Manson inducted Blondie into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 11 years ago, she said, "Blondie put it this way once: 'Dreaming is free' … yet if anyone had told me 15 years ago when I was unemployed and desperately frustrated, that I would be up on a podium in New York City, in preparation to induct Blondie into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I would have peed myself laughing and told them to fuck right off."

Social issues were the undercurrent of Garbage's set. Manson dedicated 2001's "Cherry Lips" to the LGBTQ community, a thread continuing into "Sex Is Not The Enemy" and "Queer" wherein Manson's fulsome purr sounded like Michael Hutchence with strep throat. When she took a deep squat in front of a guy in the front row and held his hand between her legs, it somehow felt like a political statement. [Rolling Stone]

Blondie and Garbage's co-headlining Rage and Rapture Tour hit NYC's Beacon Theatre last night (8/1) with Deap Vally opening. Blondie played a few songs off this year's Pollinator, and also loaded the set with classics like "Heart of Glass," "One Way or Another" and "Hanging on the Telephone" from Parallel Lines (which NPR just named the 35th best album made by a woman), plus "Dreaming," "Rapture," "The Tide Is High," "Call Me," and more.

Garbage opened with their new song "No Horses," played a few off last year's great Strange Little Birds, and also gave us plenty of classics like "Only Happy When It Rains," "Queer," "Stupid Girl," "I Think I'm Paranoid," "Special," and more. Garbage also just released a video for "No Horses" today and you can watch that below.

Pictures of the show are in the gallery above and setlists are below.

The tour continues in Philly tonight (8/2). We also caught the LA stop with Sky Ferreira.

Blondie Setlist (via)
One Way or Another
Hanging on the Telephone
Fun
Call Me
My Monster
Rapture
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (Bob Dylan cover)
Fragments
Too Much
Long Time
Atomic
Heart of Glass

Encore:
Dreaming
The Tide Is High

Garbage Setlist (via)
No Horses
Sex Is Not the Enemy
#1 Crush
Empty
I Think I'm Paranoid
Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go!)
Blackout
Special
Queer
Even Though Our Love Is Doomed
The World Is Not Enough
Stupid Girl
Only Happy When It Rains
Push It
Vow

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photos by Harriet Roberts