Posted in To Do | music on August 13, 2009

Blondie

Set times for tonight's free show (8/13), below...

Doors: 6:30pm
The Donnas: 7:55pm
Benatar: 8:25pm
Blondie: 9:50pm
Curfew: 11:00pm

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Comments (42)

Am curious to see if BV sends any photographers to this show...soundboard shoot + rights-grabber waivers is not a recipe for fun.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2009 5:17 PM

rain

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2009 5:29 PM

Will suck, but nice art...

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2009 5:31 PM

agree- the art is very cool

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2009 5:31 PM

just too lazy to go. I know you were dying to find out. lol.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2009 7:13 PM

deb can still rock it.......but that shithole that's called coney island,
forget it.......maybe if i was 16........LOL.....

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2009 7:48 PM

The art is indeed nice. Too bad neither Debby nor Pat ever had the boobage depicted therein...

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2009 9:41 PM

Pat Benatar was brilliant. She has songs that were hits...maybe not yours but when someone plays me 12 tracks and I am familiar with them...ill take the nite out plus her husband is a killer guitar player and if your into drummers Myron Gombacher is a brilliant performer...Blondie wasnt as cool or good as everyone would like to hear...she's just not.

Posted by ummmm..... | August 14, 2009 12:52 AM

The Donnas were energetic, but entirely forgettable.

Pat Benatar ran through a stellar greatest hits set, except for the song from her Gravity's Rainbow album. There was no real reason for it, but she's the star and she gets to pick.

Her band and arrangements seemed pared down, but still rocked out. The sound engineer for her set was asleep at the board, because the amplification of her voice versus Neil's guitar was way out of whack. She seemed to start out kind of tight in the throat, but she started doing some very high octave riffs and got the throat open for great rock and roll. Set included: All Fired Up, You Better Run, Invincible, Hit Me With You Best Shot, Hell Is For Children, Love Is A Battlefield, We Belong Encores: Heartbreaker, Promises in the Dark. Considering that she typically has little stage presence and a few air guitar moves, she was highly animated for this show, moved around, and was right their with Neil entrtaining us. Usually, she sings and Neil does the fancy entertaining. Tonight they were a truo dynamic duo.

Debbie Harry was never known for having a great voice, but it is distinctive. Despite this career-long criticism, Blondie rocked the house. They proved without doubt why they earned a rightful spot in the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame.

Perhaps younger fans, or even those that were still listening to Foreigner at the time, were scratching their heads at some songs. However, this was a high octane hitlist that also let the band display absolute musical mastery. Musically, the band was tight. The performance professional and engaging. The lighting design more than flashing klieg lights.

Harry is 60+ and can't hit the high notes or perhaps hold a note as long as she once did. However, these were her songs and she sang them knowing she owned them. The set opened with "Call Me" and included "Hangin On The Telephone", "One Way Or Another", "Maria", "Atomic", "The Hardest Part", "The Tide is High" (seguing into a little of the Staple Singers classic "I'll Take You There"), "Rapture", the gorgeous single "If I Had You" and the campy "Too Hot" both from her latest album. Encores: "Heart of Glass" beautifully segued in Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough".

Pat Benatar tends to get dropped into the "girl rocker" categorization and Blondie into the "New Wave" bin. Yet, these are not musical superstars that followed a trend - they created these genres. When Pat Benatar's first Album came out, no one had ever heard a "girl" sing like this before. She was a petit woman with a rock and roll arena voice.

Blondie started as a quasi punk band that adopted some 60's vibe, knew how to rock but absorbed the dance rythms of disco, reggae and hip hop. I always felt they preceded "new wave", which basically referred to the second British music invasion. For me, they've always been best on their hardest rocking numbers. Tonight proved they still have the chops.

Posted by Rob C | August 14, 2009 2:00 AM

The Donnas that opened the show were ok, in fact I liked their heavy riffs not very characteristic of ladies in general to make and high energy of their music. The lead singer has a powerful voice, more than good for hard rock, heavy metal or any rock but I noticed the lack of personality. She simply lacks some charisma that lights up the crowd like Blondie ( Debby ).

Pat Benatar is so outdated that in spite of some familiar to the crowd songs she does not sound electrifying or anything of that sort. The guitar player, so-called Spider tried so hard to heat up the audience that for a moment I couldn`t help but feel sorry for him. It`s not that he can`t play, he is just too ordinary as a guitarist. He produces lots of noise but nothing that would send bumps down your spine. Btw I listen to a guitar in rock in the first place always and I love rock since I remember myself.

Now the true star of the show Blondie as a band and Debie Harry as a lead singer simply turned the house upside down. That was so logical that Pat would start and Debbie would finish the show... No one would ever question that. That my first live experience with the band and God was it so good, simply amazing... She sang gorgeous and powerful. The band performed very tight and with little improvisation deviated from time to time. After that "Spider" Pat`s guitarist I was relieved so much to hear something really extraordinary from ass kicking guitarists, both in Blondie.

All in all that was an amazing experience listening to Blondie tonight. The only thing I regret honestly is that I had to kill so much time listening a mediocre performer like Pat Benatar. I don`t wanna sound negative but that was what I felt. Anyway I`m happy there are still rock legends continuing their business like Blondie, ZZ Top, Whitesnake (David Coverdale), Billy Idol, Robin Trower (ex-Procol Harum)... I`m sure there are many more, but these were just what I witnessed myself and I`m so happy I did. My best wishes to everyone. Larry.

Posted by Larry M. | August 14, 2009 3:40 AM

Blondie rocked.But the hipsters & geezers were dueling with their lawn chairs to get to the exit first.Atleast from where I was sitting.So real nyc punk/new wave rock fans in their 30's,40's & 50's remained.Like me.Bye with the 20 and 80 somethings.

Ofcourse the big ass 80's arena anthems of Pat Benatar was better recieved and had the biggest crowd.She was ok,but Blondie was classic Blondie!

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2009 4:01 AM

"The Donnas that opened the show were ok, in fact I liked their heavy riffs not very characteristic of ladies in general to make and high energy of their music."

sexist MEHthead...

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2009 9:01 AM

actually I thought Pat Benatar gave a much better performance than Blondie... Debbie Harry's voice sounded a little flat. Still a decent show though.

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2009 10:09 AM

To Rob C - "When Pat Benatar's first Album came out, no one had ever heard a "girl" sing like this before."

For me, rediscovering 1976's "Dreamboat Annie" LP from Heart, I'd have to say Ann Wilson certainly cranked out a powerful vocal on a song like 'Crazy On You'. That 'Side One' is versatile too.

Posted by michandre | August 14, 2009 11:52 AM

Times I jagged off to Debbie Harry: 1,000,000.

Times I jagged off to Pat Benetar: 0.

You do the math.

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2009 12:20 PM

^Debbie still looks sexy as hell.

If you want to look ageless,have no kids (not being sexist-there is study after study on how pregnancies age women.Then the 18 years after that)

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2009 12:58 PM

"Times I jagged off to Debbie Harry: 1,000,000.

Times I jagged off to Pat Benetar: 0.

You do the math."

I was more into Stevie Nicks but Debbie was ok.

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2009 2:19 PM

"Blondie wasnt as cool or good as everyone would like to hear...she's just not."

Blondie is not her name. Her name is Debbie Harry. Blondie is the name of the band. The fact that you don't know this renders your opinion highly pointless.

Clearly you have no clue as to who you are seeing anyway or the history of the act in front of you therefore I don't think your review should be taken seriously.

Blobdie was amazing.

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2009 3:10 PM

"Pat Benatar ran through a stellar greatest hits set, except for the song from her Gravity's Rainbow album. There was no real reason for it, but she's the star and she gets to pick."

There was no real reason for it?

You mean that perforers are only supposed to do a show of nothing but the hits and the songs that you know or want to hear?

what a stupid comment.

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2009 3:11 PM

Hey 2:00 am:

Appreciate the in depth review of the show, but you sound ike a wanna-be music reviewer writing for some small town neighborhood newspaper with this rather than a down to earth comment on a message board. Your review, while thorough, just comes across as pretentious, condesending and aloof in the way it is written and presented here.

Thanks for telling us how the acts have been catagorized over the years, and the short history of Blondie's past musical styles. I'm sure most readers were glad to be informed of such amazing things that they didn't know.

Lighten up.

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2009 3:18 PM

"Anyway I`m happy there are still rock legends continuing their business like Blondie, ZZ Top, Whitesnake (David Coverdale), Billy Idol, Robin Trower (ex-Procol Harum)..."

Ha HA HA. How dare you put Blondie in the same list of these ridiculous other perforers.... Whitesnake (David Coverdale)?????

Ha HA HA HA

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2009 3:21 PM

Hey ROB C. ~~~
THANKS So Much for GREAT Review & Writing Skills and yes INDEED D.B. was HIGH-ENERGY all the Way and Moved & Bopped around Real Well!!
Sound Sysytem was NOT that Good & the OVER-WHELMING Crowd Pissed ALOT of regular folks Off.
WHERE Exactly did you sit??~~~I Sneaked into the White Chairs up Front on Left Side & Was wearing a Makeshift GREEN wristband to Get IN!!Hard to Beleive the President said it Topped the Frankie Vali concert 2 weeks ago!!
This show was WAY Over-Advertised in 3 Papers!!
I did see MORE of the Stage at Hall & Oates~~~
Kristina

Posted by Kristina w/a K | August 14, 2009 3:37 PM

ha Pat Benatar was and is much hotter than Debbie Harry, that's just a fact.

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2009 3:46 PM

"Blobdie was amazing." Haha!

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2009 4:17 PM

Rob C Great writing skills? HA HA HA HA

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2009 7:28 PM

Ah Ah Ah Ah Ah AAAAAAHHHHHHH Ah

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2009 10:57 PM

Call Meh

Posted by Anonymous | August 14, 2009 11:48 PM

I was to the left of the stage; just behind the lawn railing.

It is kind of hard to respond to people calling me out for my opinion, when they hide behind their anonymity.

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@3:11PM Poster - You wrote:

"There was no real reason for it?

You mean that perforers are only supposed to do a show of nothing but the hits and the songs that you know or want to hear?

what a stupid comment"

Ah, I see it is your first day out of charm school... Oh, wait, you were just there for orientation, but haven't actually learned anything yet?... Now, your comment makes sense.

I went to see the show because I like the music. Benatar said that she was playing THE HITS and she was going to attempt to do one from every album. I challenge anyone who saw the show to tell me the name of the song and describe the crowds reaction. I'll tell yuo: they turn to their cooler and grabbed another Corona and yapped it up, utterly ignoring the performance.

If I figured out who this poster is and I think I have, I believe you were on your hands and knees sucking red wine out of a box, wearing a halter-top over you soft protrubing belly. All the time you were bitchin about the guy looking your way, who you assumed was checking out your hot ass. The reality was that this concert was on a Thursday and the word "Monday" was embroidered in those panties. We were all just staring at your ass and think: SKANK,


Posted by Rob C | August 15, 2009 1:39 AM

@3:18 Poster Wrote:

"Appreciate the in depth review of the show, but you sound ike a wanna-be music reviewer writing for some small town neighborhood newspaper with this rather than a down to earth comment on a message board. Your review, while thorough, just comes across as pretentious, condesending and aloof in the way it is written and presented here."

I have something called a "vocabulary". Look it up. I don't dumb down my thoughts. Full sentences, succinct ideas, articulated thoughts, mastery of English. It bugs you.

Let's see, you say it is pretentious.

Pretentious Definition:
1 : characterized by pretension: as a : making usually unjustified or excessive claims (as of value or standing) b : expressive of affected, unwarranted, or exaggerated importance, worth, or stature

You say it is condescending.
Condescend Definition:
1 a : to descend to a less formal or dignified level : unbend b : to waive the privileges of rank
2 : to assume an air of superiority

You say it is aloof
Aloof Definition:
removed or distant either physically or emotionally

It is clear that you do not know how to read or respond to an intelligent post. The boards I generally post to and help moderate certainly have higher standards of courtesy and respect.


Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2009 2:07 AM

Anyone have the complete Pat Benatar set list in order? Thanks!

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2009 5:54 PM

"The boards I generally post to and help moderate certainly have higher standards of courtesy and respect."

Ciao! And please help moderate elsewhere...

Posted by Anonymous | August 16, 2009 7:51 AM

Yeah.....GOOD Point...
P.S. WHAT Were the Set-List Songs for Pat benatar? Really NEED 2 KNOW
Any-Body watching BIG-BROTHER???
Kristina w/a K

Posted by kristina | August 16, 2009 4:44 PM

Let's see, you say it is pretentious.

Posted by TS Converter | October 29, 2009 11:56 AM

Nice art work.

Posted by Maxi Pro | March 6, 2010 11:56 AM

That had to be an awesome show - respect Blondie, but I love Pat Benatar

Posted by Data Recovery | March 29, 2010 12:05 PM

Indeed. Ted Leo is a such amazingly approachable and all around good guy. I remember seeing him at Pitchfork a few years back. I was double-fisting a few beers and almost dropped them to shake his hand. Instead he suggested that we lightly bump fists, as not to spill any beer.
Excellent post, thank you very much for taking the time to share with those who are starting on the subject. Greetings
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Posted by يوتيوب | April 15, 2010 2:41 PM

The art is indeed nice. Too bad neither Debby nor Pat ever had the boobage depicted therein...

Posted by technology | June 15, 2010 6:07 AM

The art is indeed nice. Too bad neither Debby nor Pat ever had the boobage depicted therein...

Posted by technology | June 15, 2010 6:08 AM

You mean that perforers are only supposed to do a show of nothing but the hits and the songs that you know or want to hear?

Posted by cialas | January 13, 2011 3:27 PM

You mean that perforers are only supposed to do a show of nothing but the hits and the songs that you know or want to hear? Yes, I think that is what he is saying.

Posted by Smart Carpet | March 24, 2011 2:58 AM

anybody on here that would say Pat Benatar is not talented or great live is completely delusional. even Debbie was offended by that comment. Pat Benatar is one of the greatest female singers of all-time, and always does a great show.

Posted by kyle | June 23, 2012 11:14 PM

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