Just last Saturday evening at Mardi Gras in “Universal Studios” in Orlando, Blondie performed live in concert. Deborah Harry sang many of her biggest hits, including ones I’ve never heard before. She also sang a couple of cover songs like Michael Jackson’s “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough” and Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On”.
Like many stars of the 70s and early 80s, I first heard about Blondie lead singer Deborah Harry from her appearance on The Muppet Show, where she performed two of her hit songs, “One Way or Another” and “Call Me”. She also sang “The Rainbow Connection” with Kermit.
Then the album The Best of Blondie not only had those two hit songs, but other good ones like “Heart of Glass” and “Hanging on the Telephone”.
In addition to being a rock star, Deborah Harry has also been in several films. The one I remember best was Tales from the Darkside: The Movie, where she played a witch preparing to cook a paperboy for dinner. It was clever how the boy was trying to stall the witch by telling her some tales of horror.
According to the Internet Movie Database, Deborah Harry has more soundtrack credits than anything else. Some of which are uncredited. And I thought Smash Mouth had a lot with that song “All Star”. It also mentioned that Blondie broke up in 1982, then reunited in 1998. That’s a long time. During that duration, Deborah Harry had five solo albums and acted in several movies and TV shows.
Since Blondie’s last gig was in Las Vegas, Deborah Harry mentioned that last time they performed in front of a bunch of gamblers. This time it’s for riders and whiplash victims. She was really nice. Here’s something interesting; Though many performers have water bottles during their acts, she uses coffee mugs.
Deborah Harry also mentioned that Blondie has new songs in the works. They were recording a new album, but none of those songs were performed at the concert. I wasn’t disappointed though because I still enjoy the classics.
I had a terrific time at that concert and Deborah Harry still looks great after all these years. I’m not sure when Blondie’s next album will be released, but it would be interesting to find out what kind of new material they’ve come up with.