Is Blondie considering packing it in?
Did you get to see them a few weeks ago at the Olympia?? COULD it have been the last time they visit Ireland?
Blondie drummer and co-founder Clem Burke hinted that 68-year-old front woman Debbie Harry might be eyeing retirement, telling the Daily Mail, “Debbie is 11 years older than the rest of us, so it’s on her mind. We’ve tried to keep it going for as long as possible, but it’s not just up to me. Nothing is finalized yet, but obviously there’s no Blondie without Debbie Harry.”
A spokesperson for Harry said: “They are in a hiatus at the moment. They will do some tour dates next year. Nothing is confirmed yet.”
Blondie’s co-founder and keyboardist Jimmy Destri was on board for the band’s late-1990s reunion and composed their comeback hit “Maria,” but has retired from touring with the band. He credits Debbie Harry’s movie star looks for keeping the band in step with cutting edge fashion: “A major part of that was Debbie. When you’ve got somebody that looks like that in your band, you’re sort of lifted up by the power of your lead person. y’know? You’ve gotta strive to look better and better. So we used to like really carefully try and put the persona on. Actually Clem said this a while back, when we had the reunion, he said, ‘Well, look at us. . .’ — there was a picture of us without Debbie, like waiting for her, for her makeup, and we look like Oasis”