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Newcastle readying itself for double dose of Pandemonium

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Prepare yourself for a double dose of Pandemonium when some of the most iconic acts in music history converge on the Hunter for two special shows.

Debbie Harry and her band Blondie will join Aussie favourites Wolfmother and the Cosmic Psychos on stage at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre on Monday 22 April.

Twenty-four hours later, at the same venue, the one and only Alice Cooper is scheduled to grace Novocastrians with his presence, along with Deep Purple and Gyroscope.

Both concerts are all-ages events, with tickets on sale from noon on Monday 26 February at www.pandemonium.rocks

Debbie Harry and Blondie is heading to the Newcastle Entertainment Centre in April.

BLONDIE

Undeniably one of the most trailblazing and influential bands of our time, Blondie is pioneering frontwoman/songwriter Debbie Harry, guitarist/conceptual mastermind Chris Stein and powerhouse drummer Clem Burke, along with band mates bassist Glen Matlock, guitarist Tommy Kessler and keyboardist Matt Katz-Bohen.

Among their hits is the groundbreaking rock-disco hybrid Heart of Glass, the equally-influential fantasia Rapture, the stalker-love song One Way Or Another and the lilting calypso The Tide Is High.

It’s a thrilling journey back to when Blondie pushed punk onto the dance floor and introduced a wider audience to hip-hop sounds, all the while building a catalogue of enduring tracks along the way.

For the past four decades, the band has become and still remains a true global icon; one whose influence both shaped and continues to inform the worlds of music, fashion and art.

From an irreverent Lower East Side punk outfit to bona fide international ambassadors of New York cool, Blondie will forever be synonymous with that spirit that lives somewhere in all of us.

Their chart-topping success and rare longevity led to an induction into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2006 and more than 40 million albums sold worldwide to date.

The always-entertaining Alice Cooper. Photo: Jenny Risher

ALICE COOPER

Alice Cooper has cast a long shadow over rock music with an unrivalled “live” show and timeless anthems like School’s Out, No Mr. Nice Guy and Poison.

Selling more than 50 million albums worldwide, he earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame® in 2003 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame® inducted him as part of its class of 2011.

Boasting one of the most influential catalogues in history, Rolling Stone cited 1971’s platinum-certified Love It To Death among the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, while other platinum releases spanned the seminal Killer (1971), School’s Out (1972), the Billboard 200 #1 Billion Dollar Babies (1973), Welcome to My Nightmare (1975) and Trash (1989), to name a few.

He’s so embedded in generations of popular culture that he not only made a cult-classic appearance in Wayne’s World during 1992, but he also starred alongside John Legend and Sara Bareilles in NBC’s 2018 production of Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice’s Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert.

He also memorably appeared on both The Muppets and That 70s Show! as well as in Dark Shadows, with pal Johnny Depp.

Beyond hundreds of syncs, everyone from Etta James, The Smashing Pumpkins, Megadeth and The Flaming Lips has covered his tunes.

The Beastie Boys, Disturbed and countless others have sampled him.

His collaborators have notably included the late Vincent Price, Aerosmith, Guns N’ Roses and Jon Bon Jovi.

Plus, he co-founded Hollywood Vampires alongside Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and Depp.

After thousands upon thousands of gigs and easily a million miles travelled, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame® Inductee is as loud as ever with his latest album Road released in 2023.

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