Blondie: O2 Academy, Liverpool

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Blondie and a fired up Debbie Harry bring a hit-packed show to Liverpool, Getintothis’ Dru Ryder is in raptures.


Hair resembling a bird’s nest. Luminous orange hoodie paired with matching scarily short skirt. Debbie Harry had the crowd in uproar merely by stepping on to the stage.
Blondie‘s iconic 67-year-old rebel popstar fashionista had the sold out Academy crowd screaming from the moment she stepped on stage.
Couples and dancing mums relived their old days by letting loose to a set packed with hits while the younger generation pretended they were a part of the 70s.
Kicking off with the One Direction-decimated One Way Or Another, Harry warmed up with her characteristic icy glares, mic stand posturing, bottom slapping – and the odd spot of granny dancing.
There was no waiting around for the hits, as the hour and half set blistered one rock and roll staple after another, with the Academy oozing sweat as bodies left drenched as they exited from what looked like a warehouse all-nighter, not the reality of the 9.30pm finish.
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Blondie’s Debbie Harry at Liverpool’s O2 Academy
The band threw in a cover of Ellie Golding‘s Lights while Harry proved her voice was still up to scratch mixing power with a plethora of high notes.
Hanging on the Telephone and Atomic were dispatched with aplomb while the several new numbers from forthcoming album Ghosts of Download blended in seamlessly with the timeless classics of Call Me, saved for a rapturous encore.
Maria was dedicated to all the Liverpool girls while Frankie Goes to Hollywood‘s Relax rammed home a fitting finale to a superlative 40 year pop factory career.
Earlier Lexy and the Kill proved fitting support, seemingly Blondie reincarnated for 2013; a blonde bombshell backed by a be-suited male supporting cast who serve up a bracing set of melodic pop with husky vocals.
Pictures by Getintothis’ John Johnson.

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