Music is inextricably linked to memories of youth, from discovering your new favorite band to getting grounded when your parents grossly misinterpreted the lyrics of "MMMbop." Enjoy music without horrifying glimpses into parental minds with this GrouponLive deal to see Blondie and Devo at Arena Theatre. For $69, you get two tickets for in-the-round seating in row S or T on Wednesday, September 19, at 8 p.m. (up to a $146.50 value, including all fees). Doors open at 7 p.m.
American new-wave pioneers Blondie and Devo continue to build on their already legendary careers as they take to the road for their Whip It to Shreds tour. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Blondie rose to prominence in the late ‘70s and single-handedly saved the hair-bleach industry with the help of flaxen-haired lead singer Debbie Harry and a slew of electrified hits. After a decade-and-a-half hiatus, the band reformed in 1997, picking up where it left off and turning out genre-bending music with Chris Stein's amped-up guitar and Harry's distinctively smoky vocals. Blondie sends fans into a fever pitch with a back catalog of iconic tunes, such as "Call Me," "One Way or Another," and “Heart of Glass,” while also introducing ears to contemporary tracks from its 2011 album, Panic of Girls, praised by AllMusic.com for retaining the band's "cosmopolitan cool."
Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo––famous for its eclectic fashion sense, mordant humor, and avant-garde musical sensibilities––recently told Reuters that the band has only become "scarier and more intense" since its start 40 years ago. Devo’s ubiquitous hit “Whip It” helped pioneer the nascent art of music video when it was released in 1980, and the song caught listeners by surprise with its electronic sound and satirical edge that’s present in the band’s newest album, Something for Everybody. In such songs as "Don’t Shoot (I'm a Man)," singers Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale "still bite off words with nervy smarts, like the art-punk/tech-nerds they will forever be," according to Pitchfork. With a slew of costume changes, the band's performances blur each member’s true identity with industrial jumpsuits, red energy-dome hats, and Groucho Marx glasses.
At Arena Theatre, nobody sits farther than 60 feet from the show. Most concertgoers who’ve squinted their ways through major concerts at other venues can attest that the in-the-round seating arrangement and revolving stage are causes for celebration. And the stars have noticed. Since the 1970s, the state-of-the-art venue has attracted a long list of legendary performers including Willie Nelson, Tom Jones, and Aretha Franklin. While their golden vocal chords ring through the stellar acoustics, fans sink into comfy seats, savor a flashy light system, and discard their unnecessary opera glasses.
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