Blondie, led by the ageless Debbie Harry, rocked the Royal Oak Music Theatre Thursday night with a wonderful set of classic hits and fresh new material.
Entering the stage wearing psychedelic sunglasses, Harry Potter-style robe and a Magical Sorting Hat, she looked more like a Hogwarts' coed entering Slytherin house than a punk rocker. But make no mistake, Debbie Harry still ROCKS and she instantly captivated the audience, despite opening with a brand new song.
Blondie has a new album out and the band mixed in plenty of new numbers, all of which sounded great and kept the musical flow of the show intact.
I really enjoyed 'A Rose By Any Name' and 'Drag You Around'.
But let's face it, the building was filled with fans eager to jump aboard a Time Warp and head back to the 80's and undoubtedly no one was disappointed.
'One Way or Another' led the attack of hits and 'Hanging on the Telephone' was superb. 'Rapture' and 'Atomic' and 'Maria' and 'Call Me'...WOW! With Clem Burke on the drums behind her and Chris Stein to her left, it's easy to forget that it's 2013. I'll tell you this...Debbie Harry is a beautiful woman. I absolutely refuse to believe that she was born in 1945. No way. She sounds fantastic and there's no reason that this band won't continue on for years to come.
An extended version of 'Heart of Glass' was a stunner and so was 'Dreaming'. Yes, Dreaming IS free and thanks to Blondie, I can still sleep well at night knowing that Rock N' Roll will never die!
X, the Los Angeles punk band, was the opener and they blazed through a 40 minute set that was marred with poor sound. With the classic lineup still intact, the music was muddled and loud, unfortunately drowning out most of the vocals. John Doe is still one cool cat, Billy Zoom never stopped smiling, D.J. Bonebrake was relentless and Exene casually sipped what looked to be white wine. I'd love to see them again on a better day.
|X at the Royal Oak Theatre|
On a final note, I'd be remiss if I didn't complain about the ticketing on this show.
My hopes of a low priced non-Ticketmaster experience were dashed when AXS.COM Ticketing took my $38 ticket and added a $10.50 SURCHARGE. $10.50 ?! C'MON...
I suppose I am to be placated by a promised "FREE" download of Blondie's new album, but as of today...I still haven't received it yet. Argh!