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Featured Photos: Blondie at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA - Feb. 25, 2009

Blondie's founding guitarist Chris Stein went to the Big Apple in the early '70s to play in a band like the New York Dolls. During a stint with The Stilettos, he fell in love with then-waitress Deborah Harry. A year later, Stein and Harry formed their own band and called themselves Angel and the Snake. However the forgettable title was quickly replaced, legend has it inspired by a catcall Harry often received from obnoxious truck drivers: "Hey Blondie!" With a mix of pop and punk that's credited with pioneering New Wave, the group was a darling of the infamous club CBGB. The group found some success in the UK and Australia before American fans caught on, but the release of "Parallel Lines" in 1978 launched the group to superstardom. In 2006, Blondie was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Blondie plots West Coast outing

Deborah Harry and Blondie have mapped a few 2009 dates as the band switches gears from its yearlong celebration of the 30th anniversary of its breakthrough album, "Parallel Lines."

Featured Photos: New York Dolls at SxSW, Austin TX - March 19, 2005

Credited for inspiring such groups as The Ramones, Blondie, Sex Pistols, and Talking Heads, original glam-rockers New York Dolls are on a mission to be a part of the musical zeitgeist of the 21st century.

Blondie marks 30 years of 'Lines' on summer road trip

Deborah Harry and Blondie will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the band's breakthrough hit album "Parallel Lines" with a June headlining run.

Injury stalls New Cars, Blondie tour

Though he soldiered on to play a handful of shows after suffering a broken left clavicle, The New Cars' guitarist Elliot Easton's injury has forced the group's Road Rage Tour with Blondie to "take a hiatus," according to a press release.

Briefly: Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Goo Goo Dolls, Debbie Harry

"Surprise," veteran singer/songwriter Paul Simon's first studio album since 2000, is due in stores May 9.

Cars re-engineer for spring tour with Blondie

The Cars, featuring original members guitarist Elliot Easton and keyboardist Greg Hawkes, have re-emerged with vocalist Todd Rundgren for a round of spring dates as The New Cars.

Briefly: Destiny's Child, Blondie, Britney Spears, Pink

R&B group Destiny's Child will give what's being billed as its final live performance together when the trio sings the national anthem prior to the 2006 NBA All-Star Game.

Sabbath, Skynyrd, Sex Pistols, others to join Rock Hall ranks

After years of being passed over, Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Sex Pistols are among the artists set for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, as are Blondie and Miles Davis.

Briefly: Rod Stewart, Jessica Simpson, Gravity Games, Blondie

Rod Stewart's Monday night (8/30) concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles--the last date on his summer tour of North America--featured a surprise reunion of members of the Faces.