Blondie - Gives the crowd a buzz as Deborah Harry is hailed as Queen B

June 23rd 2017
Eden Sessions, The Eden Project. Cornwall, UK


'Heart of Glass' in a greenhouse of glass!!!

Blondie **** Set in the stunning setting of the Eden Project in Cornwall, The Eden Sessions are a series of performances by some of the World’s top music artists. Since 2002 there have been many World class artists to play the stage set between the two biomes which The Times called "The eighth wonder of the World".

Blondie are a New Wave Punk Rock band from New York, USA who formed in 1974. One of the most prominent bands of the 1970's and early 1980's lead by Deborah Harry a singer that you can't fail to recognise as a legendary vocalists in both Rock and Pop. Blondie have had countless hits Worldwide and their lyrics imprinted into the memories of the majority of music fans all round the World.

Deborah Harry entered the stage wearing a black and yellow striped dress wrapped up in a long black cloak with 'Stop f**king the Planet' emblazened on it, a nod to her love and preservation of bees with the launch their 'Bee Connected' campaign to raise awareness of the decline in the bee population.

Blondie opened their set with the massive hit 'One way or Another' before jumping straight into 'Hanging on the Telephone'. The crowd were buzzing very early on and before the could event think of relaxing, 'Call Me' rang out between the biomes.

The set continued with a brace of brand new tracks from Blondie's 2017 album 'Pollinator' in the form of 'Fun' and 'My Monster' before going right back to the beginnings of the band with 'In the Flesh'. Two covers were featured in the middle of the set with brilliant performances of Bob Dylan's 'Rainy day Woman' and an Undkindness' 'Fragments' which Deborah dedicated to Johnny Marr. Two of Blondie's biggest hits 'Atomic' and 'Heart of Glass' spliced by the 'Pollinator' track 'Gravity', which bought the show to a close.

The band returned with a four song encore featuring two tracks from 'Pollinator' and two from 'Eat to the Beat' in the form of 'Union city Blue, Doom or Destiny, Too Much' and the set closer 'Dreaming'. Deborah Harry's performance was outstanding, even more so as her seventy second Birthday is only a week away. guitarist Chris Stein and bassist Leigh Foxx along with Matt Katz-Bohan had the equally difficult job of maintaining the melodies of mega hits imprinted into almost everyone's musical memory, and what a job they did. Every song was musical perfection from the first to the last.

Blondie - Setlist
One way or Another
Hanging on the Telephone (The Nerves cCver)
Call Me
My Monster
In the Flesh
Rainy day Women #12 and 35 (Bob Dylan Cover)
Fragments (An Unkindness Cover)
Long Time
Heart of Glass
Union city Blue
Doom or Destiny
Too Much

Photos and Review by Pete Webb

Check Out! the Video for 'Long Time' Below...