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September 5, 2013

Deborah Harry and Blondie's Rapids Theatre show a highlight this week

Night & Day — This weekend features some top country music acts, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, one of the greatest pop songwriters of all time, a former sitcom star and a New Jersey rock band discovered by Bon Jovi.

The weekend gets started tonight with a highly anticipated show from the country duo Florida Georgia Line at Braun’s Concert Cove in Akron. Tickets for this show sold out a long time ago.

On Friday at the same venue, rockers Skid Row will be in town for a headlining show. The band’s multi-platinum selling eponymous debut album, released in 1989, included their signature hits “18 and Life”, “I Remember You”, and “Youth Gone Wild.”

The successful follow up album, “Slave to the Grind.” Was released two years later, and while it was not as successful as their debut album, it still sold well. By 1995, the band released their third and final album with colorful front man Sebastian Bach, who was fired by the band in 1996.

Skid Row’s current lineup features three original members and vocalist Johnny Solinger. Guitarist Dave Sabo grew up down the street from fellow New Jersey rocker Jon Bon Jovi.

At the Rapid’s Theatre on Friday, they will feature a cool double bill with Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Blondie and punk pioneers X.

Blondie’s iconic lead singer is Deborah Harry, who also had a moderately successful solo recording career and acting career. Harry also appeared in Playboy.

Blondie currently features three original members in addition to Deborah Harry. They had a slew of hits including “Call Me” and “Heart of Glass.” The show should feature some tracks from their forthcoming album, “Ghosts of Download.”

Opening the show is the aforementioned X, from Los Angeles. The band did not achieve the commercial success that Blondie did, but music critics love this band. Rolling Stone Magazine lists two of their studio albums on their prestigious top 500 albums of all-time list, and in Los Angeles they are legendary.

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