Blondie makes it magnificent at the Greek Theater in L.A., celebrating 40 years with a set that supplements old favorites with brand new tunes.
Blondie have roared back to life recently, with a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction, a spotlight panel at SXSW 2014, and a 40th anniversary album release.
Forty years. It’s hard to get your head around Blondie celebrating their 40th anniversary when seeing them live. What you do remember is how immensely influential they are, and how genre-defying. Their first album was adorable NYC punk cum girl group fluff, and then came the hits, each number 1 record a different genre. Disco, Europop, Reggae and Rap were all covered in the first few years.
Debbie Harry, reunited with original Blondie members Chris Stein and Clem Burke, started their set off with “One Way or Another,” and played all their most popular songs…”Hanging on the Telephone,” “Call Me,” “Rapture,” “The Tide is High,” “Atomic,” “Heart of Glass,” and “Dreaming,” while also including four songs, “Rave,” “Euphoria,” “Rose by Any Name,” and “Sugar on the Side,” off of their newest album, 2014’s Ghost of Download. They also did some unexpected covers: the Beastie Boys “Fight for Your Right to Party,” the Misfits “Hollywood Babylon,” and what was perhaps the only miss of the evening, Barry White’s “Never Gonna Give You Up.”
Debbie Harry, who turned 70 earlier this month, is still the sexy ingenue, dazzling the audience with her iconic presence, while drummer Clem Burke, who has always been a hugely underrated player, hasn’t slowed down a bit with age.