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    One way or another, Blondie excited to play Hatch Shell Saturday

    Drummer Clem Burke (second from left) and the rest of Blondie will play at the Hatch Shell.
    Drummer Clem Burke (second from left) and the rest of Blondie will play at the Hatch Shell.

    As anybody who saw them with Garbage this summer knows, Blondie is back with a vengeance.

    Forty years after they first hit the road, the band fronted by Debbie Harry still isn’t mailing it in. Blondie, whose new album “Pollinator” recalls the band’s classic LP “Parallel Lines,” is playing with a renewed energy or, as The Guardian raved in a recent review, “conjuring the euphoria of old.”

    Saturday, Blondie will take the stage at the DCR Memorial Hatch Shell, playing Mix 104.1’s annual MixFest show with Kelly Clarkson and Andy Grammer. Reached Wednesday in London, where the band just played in front of an enormous crowd in Hyde Park, the incomparable Clem Burke (inset), Blondie’s drummer, said he’s excited to return to Boston.


    “I’ve always loved it there. We played at the Rat on the Bicentennial and I distinctly remember driving back to New York after that,” he said. “Boston’s been a great place for us over the years.”

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    Asked about the band’s renaissance, Burke said it has to do with the way — and where — the new material was recorded. He said everyone — Harry and Chris Stein are the only other original members — played together in the studio, Soho’s Magic Shop, which is where David Bowie had sequestered himself to record his last two records, “The Next Day” and “Blackstar.”

    “’We were all very excited that David had been in the studio, and we felt like the record had been informed by that,” said Burke. “Our first national tour, in the ’70s, was supporting Iggy Pop when David was on keyboards.”

    So what can you expect to hear at a Blondie show in 2017? Pretty much what you’d expect, with three or four new tunes, too.

    “We have a big back catalog,” Burke said. “But the greatest hits we have to play.”


    We’re sure that’ll be quite all right with the crowd Saturday.