Best Concerts of 2012: Blondie at Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, and Adam Ant at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek; A New Wave Tie

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Sayre Berman
Still beautiful.


2012 certainly brought a bevy of class gigs to the tri-county area, but upon reflection, the ones that stood out the most did so for reasons like honesty, longevity, and nostalgia. Not that nostalgia is necessarily a bad thing, but it would be downright criminal to pass up a pair of New Wave acts packing it for fans and doing it with enough gusto and chutzpah that was equal parts nods to the established classics and their newer material.

For Blondie, the choice was easy. 

See also:
- Adam Ant - Seminole Casino Coconut Creek - September 28
- Adam Ant, an Enduring Cultural Icon, Performs at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek
- Best of Concerts 2012
- Happy Sixty-Seventh Birthday, Debbie Harry!
- Blondie - Hard Rock Live - March 25

Their concert went down at the same time as the over-bloated electronic fiasco known as Ultra, raging in Miami. The one that served as an attention grabbing stunt for Madge and her friend "Molly," which could be the early signs of senile dementia setting in, or a desperate stab at staying hip. 

No matter what, Debbie Harry, beautiful as always, led the band through their beloved hits to an appreciative mixed-age crowd. They weren't there so much for the nostalgia of these punk/New Wave icons, but rather just to bask in the glow of an outfit that still has it, even after four decades on every imaginable form of stage.

Adam Ant

Captain Jack Sparrow's got nothing on him.

Adam Ant has certainly had his fair share of troubles since his Adam and the Ants days. Bouts of personal demons are not strange for "geniuses" per se, and while we are hesitant to brand anyone any titling close in rank with the Einsteins of the world, it is certain that the music he made thirty-odd years ago still holds. 

Even the newer material carries the man's pop sensibilities and as noted by the raging crowd of middle-aged women who constantly declared their love for him, those sensibilities forge on at a hormonal speed. It could even be ventured to say that the old songs sounded better with his new backing band.

For anyone ever hesitant to catch one of their beloved "older" acts gracing a South Florida stage, I posit these two shows as proof positive that some of them, at least, can still rock like it's 1982.

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