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Is Debbie Harry Considering Retirement???
Monday, July 29, 2013
Is Debbie Harry Considering Retirement???
Is Blondie considering packing it in? Blondie drummer and co-founder Clem Burke hinted that 68-year-old front woman Debbie Harry might be eying retirement, telling Britain's Daily Mail, "Debbie is 11 years older than the rest of us, so it's on her mind. We've tried to keep it going for as long as possible, but it's not just up to me. Nothing is finalized yet, but obviously there's no Blondie without Debbie Harry."
 
A spokesperson for Harry said: "They are in a hiatus at the moment. They will do some tour dates next year. Nothing is confirmed yet."
 
Blondie's co-founder and keyboardist Jimmy Destri was on board for the band's late-1990s reunion and composed their comeback hit "Maria," but has retired from touring with the band. He credits Debbie Harry's movie star looks for keeping the band in step with cutting edge fashion: "A major part of that was Debbie. When you've got somebody that looks like that in your band, you're sort of lifted up by the power of your lead person. y'know? You've gotta strive to look better and better. So we used to like really carefully try and put the persona on. Actually Clem said this a while back, when we had the reunion, he said, 'Well, look at us. . .' -- there was a picture of us without Debbie, like waiting for her, for her makeup, and we look like Oasis (laughs). Y'know?" Y'know?) 

Blondie North American tour dates (subject to change):
September 5 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom 
September 6 - Niagara Falls, NY - Rapids Theatre 
September 7 - Atlantic City, NJ - The Grand 
September 9 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club 
September 11 - Cincinnati, OH - PNC Pavilion At Riverbend 
September 12 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Music Theatre 
September 14 - Chicago, IL - Riot Fest at Humboldt Park 
September 17 - Redmond, WA - King County's Marymoor Park 
September 19 - San Francisco, CA - Nob Hill Masonic Center 
September 20 - Saratoga, CA - Montalvo Arts Center 
September 23 - Santa Fe, NM - The Santa Fe Opera 
September 26 - Austin, TX - Stubb's Bar-B-Q / Waller Creek Amphitheatre 
September 27 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live - Ballroom 
September 28 - Dallas, TX - State Fair Of Texas at Chevrolet Main Stage 
September 30 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium 
October 1 - Atlanta, GA - The Buckhead Theatre 
October 3 - Glenside, PA - Keswick Theatre 
October 4 - New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom

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