Blondie (Photo by Alexander Thompson)
At age 71, Debbie Harry is still rocking out with the best of them, and indeed she will soon release an 11th studio album with Blondie — Pollinator on May 5 via BMG.
To celebrate, Blondie have teamed up with Garbage for a summer tour, the Rage and Rapture Tour, which lands at Wolf Trap on Thursday, Aug. 3.
Ed Robertson and Jim Creeggan of Barenaked Ladies perform at Wolf Trap on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
Canadian rockers Barenaked Ladies hit the stage at Wolf Trap on Wednesday with an appropriate speculation:
“Maybe it would be cool/If I rocked it old school/Try to break a gold rule/And a sweat,” sang vocalist Ed Robertson in opening number “Testing 1, 2, 3” from the band’s 2003 album, Everything to Everyone. The refrain goes: “Testing 1, 2, 3, Can anybody hear me?” And the answer at the very full pavilion at Wolf Trap is a resounding yes!
Warmed up by openers Howard Jones and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, the roughly 7,000 people in Wolf Trap’s Filene Center were ready to party down with their favorite jangle-rock icons, who are sweeping the United States through July 24 on the strength of a new live album, BNL Rocks Red Rocks, released in February via Concord Records, in a show titled “Last Summer on Earth.”
Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys of OMD perform at Wolf Trap on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. (Photo by Mickey McCarter)
“We’re going to play that famous song from that famous movie,” said Andy McCluskey, frontman for Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD) at Wolf Trap Wednesday.
“No, not that one,” he added, rejecting the notion the band were about to play their biggest US hit — “If You Leave” from the movie Pretty in Pink. “The other one!”
Andy and his three bandmates launched into “Tesla Girls,” which in fact appeared on the soundtrack of another John Hughes movie, Weird Science. And so it was that OMD electrified roughly 7,000 people in a smash-up set as openers for Barenaked Ladies.
Dolly Parton performs at Wolf Trap National Park on Wednesday, June 8, 2016.
Dolly Parton famously grew up poor in the Tennessee Smokey Mountains, and her late father worked hard to provide for her large family.
At one point, her father traveled to Detroit for work in an effort to improve their finances. After missing his home and family, he returned.
In tribute to his dedication, Dolly wrote a song “Smokey Mountain Memories,” which appeared on a live album Heartsongs: Live from Home, recorded at Dollywood in 1994.
Culture Club (Photo by Dean Stockings)
Boy George has got the band back together, and Culture Club are touring the United States in support of a new album, Tribes, due next year! On this tour, Culture Club will perform at the Filene Center at Wolf Trap on Monday, August 10.
Mr. George himself stopped by the Conan O’Brien show Monday night to promote the tour, and performed an unusual number. Boy George teamed up with Jack Black and Doors guitarist Robby Krieger in a cover of “Hello, I Love You.”
Watch Boy George and Jack Black sing “Hello, I Love You” with Robby Krieger on CONAN on TBS:
The appearance by Boy George on CONAN was only the latest salvo in Culture Club’s recent media blitz. They appeared on the Today Show on July 2 in the program’s Throwback Thursday Edition of the Toyota Summer Concert Series.
On the Today Show, Culture Club performed “Karma Chameleon”, “Miss Me Blind” and “Do you Really Want To Hurt Me.”
Watch Matt Lauer recap the history of the band and then the performance of the three songs by Culture Club:
And don’t miss Culture Club at Wolf Trap on Monday, August 10. Tickets are available online.
Filene Center at Wolf Trap
Monday, August 10