Blondie with Deap Vally “Rage and Rapture Tour” 07/26/17 Toronto

The Sony Centre hosted a fantastic lineup showcasing the lineage of powerful women at the forefront of rock and roll.
Kicking the night off was California’s Deap Vally, a hard garage rock duo featuring Julie Edwards and Lindsey Troy. Rooted in swampy blues Deap Valley, glammed out in sequins and big big hair, was last in Toronto opening for Wolfmother and we can’t wait to see them again!

Scroll down after the photos for a clip of “Smile More”

 

Next on the roster was Garbage.

 

Last but certainly not least was Blondie. There’s not much I can say about Debbie & Co. that hasn’t been said better for the last 40 years. Decked out in a bee costume (latest album: Pollinator) with a cape that read “STOP FUCKING THE PLANET” Debbie Harry sounded absolutely amazing. Preening and posing for the crowd, shaking hands and commanding the stage in fine form. This one was definitely a bucket list for me. Also if you’re on Facebook (it’s on the internet) make sure to follow guitarist Chris Stein, a talented photographer who has documented the NYC scene from the band’s early days, right up until today

Blondie

 

Deap Vally

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Stevie Nicks and The Pretenders, 24 Karat Gold Tour, Toronto 11/29/16

Stevie Nicks brought her 24 Karat Gold Tour to The Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Tuesday night, with special guests The Pretenders. Stevie told the crowd they wouldn’t be hearing the same old songs they’ve heard on each of her go-rounds. She dusted off deep cuts and tracks that were left off many of her solo albums, re-worked with her current band. That doesn’t mean there were no hits though. Pretenders’ lead singer Chrissie Hynde popped back on stage after her opening set, doing her best Tom Petty and joined Stevie on her breakout single “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around.”

 

The Pretenders were in fine form, kicking out the many new wave jams including “Don’t Get Me Wrong”, “Brass In Pocket”, and
“Back on the Chain Gang”

It was an incredible night with two of the most iconic musicians in classic rock joining forces.

Stevie Nicks

 

The Pretenders

Chrissie Hynde – Massey Hall, Toronto

Chrissie Hynde kicked off the North American leg of her tour in support of her first solo album “Stockholm“(Caroline Records). Looking as cool and confident as ever she took to the stage in a silk vest, necktie, skinny jeans and, one can only assume, faux leather thigh highs. As this was her first show of the tour she didn’t quite strut around the stage as saunter in and out of the spotlight, finding her footing. One thing she didn’t need to find was her voice. From the first gruff yet smooth note it was classic Chrissie. Forgoing the guitar for the first few numbers in favour of a tambourine she kept things at a slow tempo getting the crowd warmed up.