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REVIEW: Blondie Pollinator Tour, Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff



13th November 2017

AS TIME marches on more and more music fans ask before a gig ‘hey how old is (rock star’s name) now?’

And, yes, let’s get this one out of the way, the lovely Debbie Harry is now 72.

Which begs another question, does it really matter? Come the end of this show I simply thought: What a pro, and age really is just a number.

This show had energy, it had fun, it had everything one could want for a top night out.

Sure Blondie are essentially a 70s punk-pop band but today they embrace top-notch video technology and have fresh tracks aplenty.

All very easy to turn up and trot out old classics, pack up and go home, but not Blondie.

The clapping, dancing, crowd was treated to openers One Way or Another and classic Hanging on the Telephone, Debbie wearing a honeybee outfit and cape bearing the message we should stop, er, shafting, the world.

This all tied in with this year’s Pollinator album release, a reflection of Debbie’s own passion for bee-keeping. From the new album we were treated to Too Much, Long Time and a delicious cover of Vancouver band an Unkindness track Fragments.

The night closed with all-time favourite Heart of Glass, Union City Blue and Dreaming. The whole set was adored by Blondie fans old and young, and great to see Chris Stein (guitar) and Clem Burke (drums) still there doing their stuff.

Also nice to hear Deborah Harry, who was clearly enjoying every minute of the show, tell the crowd she enjoyed her previous day’s break out and about enjoying Cardiff.

A cracking show, and proof also that age really is just a number. Makes me think again of Heart of Glass, a timeless classic.


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