Rock legends coming to town

ROCK icon Debbie Harry and her legendary band Blondie are heading for Ipswich. The American supergroup, who have enjoyed sell out tours for the past two years, have announced they will be returning to the UK next year for a tour that will include a date at the Regent Theatre on November 27.

ROCK icon Debbie Harry and her legendary band Blondie are heading for Ipswich.

The American supergroup, who have enjoyed sell out tours for the past two years, have announced they will be returning to the UK next year for a tour that will include a date at the Regent Theatre on November 27.

Tickets for the entire 22-date tour, including their appearance in Ipswich, go on sale tomorrow morning.

Blondie are arguably one of the most influential and timeless bands to have emerged from the music scene on the other side of the Atlantic.

They have enjoyed a career that spans decades and can boast to a string of hits that include Heart of Glass, Sunday Girl, Call Me, The Tide Is High, Denis, Atomic and Maria. Their most recent chart successes came last year with the single Good Boys and accompanying album The Curse of Blondie.

The band's origins however stem back 30 years to 1974 when art student and guitarist Chris Stein and vocalist Debbie Harry, a former Kansas city waitress and Playboy bunny, joined forces. Drummer Clem Burke and keyboard player Jimmy Destri came on board in 1975.

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Blondie quickly emerged as the great pop band of the New York New Wave Punk scene but they defied categorisation fusing reggae, rock, disco and hip hop into their hits.

They scored their first UK number one in 1979 with Sunday Girl and matched that success a year later with Atomic.

However, by the early 80s there were problems within the band and it slowly fell apart.

It was not until 16 years later when they reformed for a concert that they discovered the fun again and that the chemistry that once fuelled the band remained. And since then, the music has kept on coming.

Their latest album release, The Curse of Blondie, is their 11thth in total, including best of and live discs, and their eighth studio album.

Debbie said: "The guys have gotten really good at what they do. I mean they always were good players and songwriters, but I think now you could say they're accomplished.

"I think this record is the best one yet."

Blondie will be at Ipswich Regent on November 27 next year. Tickets cost £30 (plus booking fee) and go on sale at 10am tomorrow and will be available from the Central Box Office, in Princes Street, Ipswich, by calling 01473 433100 or 0870 735 5000 or online at www.ipswichregent.com

Weblink: www.blondie.net

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