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music friday: blondie, julia michaels

Blondie, Oakland Auditorium, August 1979. They were at the peak of their popularity. Early in 1979, "Heart of Glass" was released as a single ... it's their biggest-ever hit. It came from the Parallel Lines album, their most popular. The month after we saw them, they released Eat to the Beat, with their big hit "Dreaming". For this show, their opening act was Rockpile, and perhaps that's the problem ... much as I like Blondie, Rockpile plays "my kind of music". After their set, Blondie felt a little disappointing. Here they are, a few months after we saw them:

Julia Michaels, SAP Center at San Jose, April 2019. Last year, I wrote of Michaels in concert, "I was surprised when Michaels opened her set with this song, and the audience sang along ... they knew the words. I thought Michaels was just another newcomer opening act. I was wrong. She was already known as a songwriter for artists like Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Britney Spears, Justin Bieber, and Gwen Stefani. She had also already been nominated for a Grammy for Song of the Year and Best New Artist. So I guess I was a little behind the times." She opened for Pink, and as you can see from what I wrote above, she had already made a name for herself. And, as you can hear on this video, from a show a month before we saw her, she already had quite a following. It's a sign of an artist's popularity when the crowd knows their songs well enough to sing along. It's very rare in my experience when this occurs with an opening act. (Pink has always given us good opening acts ... besides Michaels, we've seen The Hives, The Ting Tings, and Matt Nathanson, among others.)

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