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Blondie, Garbage to perform outdoor summer concert

Debbie Harry of Blondie performs at the 2015 City Parks Foundation Gala at Central Park’s SummerStage in New York.
Debbie Harry of Blondie performs at the 2015 City Parks Foundation Gala at Central Park’s SummerStage in New York. Invision/AP

Female-fronted pop-rock powerhouses Blondie and Garbage are teaming up for a “Rage and Rapture Tour” this summer — and it’s headed to Idaho.

The groups will co-headline an outdoor concert Friday, July 14, at the Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater in Nampa. Tickets to the 6:45 p.m. show will go on sale at 10 a.m. Feb. 17 at ICTickets for $35 to $95. John Doe and Exene Cervenka will open.

Blondie and Garbage haven’t performed in the Treasure Valley in, like, forever. I have no record of a Blondie gig in Boise, although it’s possible the band visited during its heyday decades ago. Garbage’s last Boise stop was in 2002 as the opening act for No Doubt.

There will be no shortage of singalongs in either band’s setlist. Blondie can deliver late ’70s and early ’80s hits such as “Call Me,” “One Way or Another,” “Heart of Glass,” “The Tide is High” and “Rapture.” Garbage will kick out its polished ’90s alt-rock vibe: “Stupid Girl,” “Special,” “I Think I’m Paranoid” and “I’m Only Happy When It Rains.”

Credit both groups for keeping key members on board over the years. Blondie, formed in 1974, is fronted by Debbie Harry, of course, and still has guitarist and co-founder Chris Stein in the mix. (Can you believe Harry is 71?) All four of Garbage’s original members have stuck with the band since its inception in 1993, notably Shirley Manson and drummer Butch Vig, a Grammy-winning producer.

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