Blondie guitarist Chris Stein announced he’ll be sitting out Blondie‘s upcoming dates due to health issues. Blondie postponed last night’s show (April 14th) at Huntington, New York’s Paramount Theatre.
Stein, who co-wrote most of the band’s classic hits and co-founded the band with ex-girlfriend Debbie Harry, posted on social media: “I’m sad and frustrated to report that I’m not going out with the next bunch of Blondie touring. I’ve been dealing with a dumbass condition called Arterial Fibrillation or AFib which is irregular heartbeats and combined with the meds I take for it I’m too fatigued to deal. I’m still all in with recording and other band projects and I should be out for discussions etc. later on. The band will be great and (the Sex Pistols‘) Glen Matlock will be joining them on bass. That’s it, I’m fine, I’m around here and I love you all.”
He went on to later add: “Yes, (murmur of the heart) this is indeed frustrating cause my brain is working great but my body’s not up to the task of touring now. I’m fine though and I’ll see you around regardless.”
Blondie kicks off their UK tour on April 22nd at Glasgow, Scotland’s SSE Hydro.
- Blondie North American tour dates (subject to change):
May 14, 15 – Pasadena, CA – Cruel World Festival 2022
May 17 – San Francisco, CA – The Masonic
May 18 – San Diego, CA – Humphreys
May 21 – Guadalajara, Mexico – Corona Capital Guadalajara
August 12 – Mashantucket, CT – Grand Theater (with The Damned)
August 14 – Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion (with The Damned)
August 17, 18 – New York, NY – The Rooftop at Pier 17 (with The Damned)
August 20 – Bensalem, PA – Xcite Center at Parx Casino (with The Damned)
August 21 – Washington, DC – The Anthem (with The Damned)
August 23 – Cincinnati, OH – The Andrew J Bradley Music Center (with The Damned)
August 24 – Nashville, TN – Grand Ole Opry House (with The Damned)
August 26 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre (with The Damned)
August 27 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre (with The Damned)
DID YOU KNOW???
- With Chris Stein sitting out of the upcoming Blondie tour, only Debbie Harry and drummer Clem Burke are the sole remaining original bandmembers on the road.
CHECK IT OUT: Blondie in 1999 performing “Maria” live at Glastonbury: