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Monday, June 23, 2008

BLONDIE Played Times Square

Blondie played their legendary album Parallel Lines in its entirety last night at the Nokia Theatre in Times Square and it was magical. Debbie Harry looked absolutely stunning in a silver and black gown, sporting a haircut very similar to the one she made so famous in the "Heart of Glass" video. The band sounded great, even with only three of its original members - Debbie, Chris Stein and the amazing Clem Burke. It was a special night for Blondie fans, who got to see rare live performances of tracks like "Fade Away and Radiate", "I Know But I Don't Know" and "11:59". One of the things that impressed me most was how Debbie made the old songs seem fresh again by infusing new ideas into the old.

Once they finished playing the Parallel Lines album, they continued on with a few more gems. Among the highlights were "Call Me", "(I Am Always Touched By Your) Presence Dear" and "Rapture", in which Debbie worked her way into a frenzied and cathartic art rap that sent chills up my spine. It was possibly the most passionate and dramatic thing I've ever seen her do. Wow! But the most shocking moment of the night was the seething punk take on Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On". It wasn't until about half way through the song that I realized what it was. They need to release this as a single - it rocks!

We miss you Jimmy Destri!

Here are a couple screens shots of Debbie Harry and the incomparable Clem Burke on drums...

-all photos by Derek Morris

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