Nostalgia tours are always an odd undertaking. The fans are older, the musicians are older (or, in some cases, replaced entirely), and the songs are usually 20 years old at minimum. But that doesn't mean the products are past their freshness date. Both Blondie and Cheap Trick made songs and built careers that entered the cultural zeitgeist. Sure, Blondie's "Heart Of Glass" sounds exactly like 1981, but at the same time it's also a great song that somehow never aged; and how many times have you caught yourself offhandedly replying "I want you to want me!" as a non sequitur response to something a friend said? More than just bands with a few good songs, both Blondie and Cheap Trick own pieces of our lives, and as adults it's a fun re-visitation of our pasts. It's a safe bet that both "Heart of Glass" and Cheap Trick's "The Flame" both got played at your first junior high dance and you did nothing but stare uncomfortably at your shoes—now's your chance to right that wrong.
Sat., Aug. 21, 8 p.m., 2010