Posted in music | pictures on October 8, 2012

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin, words by Andrew Sacher

Blondie @ State Theatre - 10/2/12
Blondie

Anarchy symbols, peace signs, skulls, and other images lit up the high walls and ceilings of Port Chester's Capitol Theatre last night (10/7) as Blondie came out for their third NYC area show (and final date) of the tour they'd been on since September. Debbie Harry, at 67 years young, was looking as great as ever decked out in sparkling black sunglasses, a metallic silver coat, and bleach blonde hair to go with her sharp attitude, sleek dance moves, and a very in-tact voice. Debbie was joined on stage by original members Chris Stein (guitar) and Clem Burke (drums), and the lineup is rounded out by the more recently added Leigh Foxx (bass), Matt Katz-Bohen (keyboards), and Tommy Kessler (guitar), the latter of who looks like he wants to be a frontman and could've chilled with the Van Halen solos (though a chunk of the crowd seemed to love it). But that aside, the whole band was on point and still ageless in spirit.

In 2011, Blondie put their finishing touches on Panic of Girls, their first full length since 2003, so it wasn't a surprise that they chose to play a number of songs from that record. And don't get me wrong, Panic of Girls is a solid effort and the songs sounded good at the show, but of course the real treats came from the old singles. At under an hour and a half, my only complaint about the set is that I would have liked to hear more, but we still got a handful of crowd pleasers like "Dreaming," "Hanging on the Telephone," "Call Me," "The Tide Is High," and others. At the end of the rap-inspired "Rapture," they worked in a portion of fellow NYC legends Beastie Boys' "No Sleep Til Brooklyn," which they've been doing all tour (on past tours they've done it with "Fight For Your Right"). Debbie worked the crowd the whole show, especially doing so on "One Way or Another," for which she got everyone clapping and put the mic in the audience for the crowd to chant the song's title.

Unfortunately, none of the northeast shows on the tour were with Devo, who joined Blondie on most of the September shows (we did catch that tour in Austin though). This leg of the tour also hit the NYC area last Tuesday (10/2) at New Brunswick's State Theatre on Thursday (10/4) at Staten Island's St. George Theatre. The pictures in this post are from the State Theatre show, which The Smithereens opened. (No pics from the Capitol Theatre show but you can see some shots of the great looking newly renovated venue from Regina Spektor's show last week.) Though the public dates on the tour are over, as mentioned, Blondie will perform a YouTube Presents concert from the Google offices in NYC on Wednesday (10/10) at 4 PM, which will stream live on YouTube.

More pics from the State Theatre show (setlist written on a drum head included) and a video of Blondie doing "Rapture/No Sleep Til Brooklyn" in Houston are below...

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Blondie - "Rapture/No Sleep Til Brooklyn" at Houston Arena Theatre - 9/19/12

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Comments (22)

I for one hope she tours till the apocolypse who she alone knows the date of.

Posted by s(!) | October 8, 2012 9:20 AM

Still hot for an old broad.

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2012 9:41 AM

No Dreaming? That's a crime.

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2012 9:50 AM

The Smithereens look great!

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2012 9:56 AM

That jacket is ridiculous.

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2012 10:02 AM

Debbie looks like my ex-wife's mom

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2012 10:04 AM

There comes a time when it's just better to stop and let people have their good memories of you and what you've done.

After that, it's just embarrassingly pathetic.

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2012 10:17 AM

^ Amen.

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2012 10:31 AM

Why is she wearing a coat and sunglasses on stage?

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2012 10:39 AM

^ Because she's old.

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2012 10:53 AM

10:17 really nailed it

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2012 11:16 AM

let Blondie have their fun; buyer beware-Debbie is one of the more genuine down-to-earth, honest 'rock stars' out there. never took herself too seriously. at 67, cut her some slack.

Posted by anonymous | October 8, 2012 11:19 AM

^ More like cut her a Social Security check, amirite?

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2012 11:26 AM

10:17 is a nobody, who has accomplished nothing of worth. Pitiful

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2012 11:37 AM

^ You'd know, amirite?

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2012 11:41 AM

High Pitch Eric is in the Smithereens now?

Posted by Anonymous | October 8, 2012 6:05 PM

she looks like Nina from Fringe

Posted by Anonymous | October 9, 2012 8:55 AM

8:55 is so right

Posted by Anonymous | October 9, 2012 9:51 AM

10:17 is right

Posted by Anonymous | October 9, 2012 10:30 AM

6:05 nailed it.

Posted by Anonymous | October 9, 2012 2:36 PM

T5 a crap venue for most bands but would be good for GSYBE. Would rather see them at Angel Orenzatz but after that T5 probably best suits them if they play NYC

Posted by Decorations | November 23, 2012 6:23 PM

Blondie is far one of the best bands ever Debbie Harry is great at any age she still has it and should always keep writing and singing as for Clem Burke that man is unbelievable on the drums you are probably looking at one of the top 3 drummers in the world if not no one when you see blondie u see rock and roll punk and shear magic it's awesome

Posted by G man | August 6, 2013 11:01 PM

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