Bootleg Blondie arrive at the O2 Academy Newcastle to deliver a tribute to the New Wave legends with a difference.

We presently live in an age where music fans consume songs rather than albums. This is largely due to the advent of streaming services such as Spotify. The beauty of this evening’s show is that the crowd are treated to a live performance of Parallel Lines in full by leading tribute band Bootleg Blondie. However, to add to the spectacle of the event, the group has actually managed to recruit Blondie drummer Clem Burke to perform with the band on this run.

Subsequently, a packed out crowd arrives at the O2 Academy 2 in Newcastle to witness this up close and personal show with Blondie’s original drummer himself, and his touring counterparts. Tonight Bootleg Blondie bring the music of their namesakes to life flawlessly, but unlike most tribute bands the group have the added authenticity of Clem Burke giving the proceedings his magic touch.

Of course, the first half of the show comprises of a full airing of Parallel Lines, to which there are no surprises. From the opening bars of “Hanging on the Telephone”, the crowd are completely transfixed as they are magically transported back to 1978. Vocalist Debbie Harris both looks and sounds the part, as she leads the charge through classics such as “One Way Or Another”, the timeless “Heart of Glass” and as the weekend is brought to a close the rather fitting “Sunday Girl”.

It goes without saying that throughout the course of the set there are multiple costume changes which reflect the varying stages of Debbie Harry’s career.

Watching Clem Burke perform in such intimate surroundings you really get to witness the full power of his craft. Burke puts his own distinctive stamp on each track with speedy drum fills and short solo spots particularly during the likes of “Pretty Baby”, “11:59” and “Will Anything Happen”. His playing is simply a joy to watch from start to finish.

As the band are following the album sequencing, the Parallel Lines set comes to a close with Buddy Holly’s “I’m Gonna Love You Too” and “Just Go Away”. However, Bootleg Blondie isn’t done quite yet. An hour-long second set follows which features a whole raft of Blondie anthems along with the occasional deep cut. As the fans would want and expect all of the big Blondie smash hits feature such as “Union City Blue”, “Dreaming”, “Denis”, “Atomic” and “Call Me”, to name but a few.

Tonight no stone is left unturned from the vast Blondie discography. Each number featured in the show is executed to perfection by this uber-talented group of musicians. Whilst the mighty Blondie take a short break from touring, an evening with Bootleg Blondie featuring Clem Burke is about as close as you can get to the real thing.

Tonight the packed out audience inside of the O2 Academy Newcastle are nostalgically transported back to their youth thanks to Clem Burke and Bootleg Blondie. The end result is most certainly a memorable and enjoyable experience for all.

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Event Date: 03-Feb-2019

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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