dailymail.co.uk – 30th June 2023
By KIRSTEN MURRAY FOR MAILONLINE and OWEN TONKS
She wowed fans over the weekend with her electric Glastonbury set but Blondie’s Debbie Harry was spotted taking a quiet moment to herself in Manchester or Thursday.
The Heart of Glass hitmaker was spotted sat on the steps in the city centre as she flicked through a copy of Vogue while smoking a cigarette.
The 77-year-old hid behind a pair of big dark shades, balancing them on her head as she had a quick scroll through her phone.
The star was dressed in all navy as she wore a simple navy jacket and trousers, finishing the look with a a pair of bright red shoes.
Debbie looked every inch the edgy rock star as the took to the Pyramid Stage to perform with her band during day five of Glastonbury Festival on Sunday.
The singer was watched on by the likes of fashion designer Stella McCartney, 51, and actress Kate Hudson, 44, at the site in England’s Somerset.
She wore a black sequinned mini dress and a matching jacket with a black T-shirt underneath.
The American hitmaker wore black over-knee leather boots and futuristic mirrored dark visor sunglasses as she stormed the stage with the band.
Blondie launched their set with hit song One Way Or Another and opened the performance with static buzzing across the back screen, however some in the audience and viewing at home claimed they were unable to hear.
Debbie then said the band had to get the ‘phone songs out of the way’ at the beginning of their set, seemingly suggested they wanted the crowd to stop filming and just enjoy the rest of the show.
Addressing the crowd, she said: ‘Good afternoon, good evening, good day, good night.
‘Hello, thank you, it’s very nice to be here, I hope you’re all having a lovely time.
‘We had to get those phone songs out of the way because none of it is relevant today, we all have our phones in our pockets.’
The US rockers continued to rattle through hits Will Anything Happen and Atomic, which ended with the guitarist playing his instrument behind his head.
Debbie came to the edge of the stage to whip up the crowd further as they performed Rapture, which featured intense guitar riffs.
They later changed to a more joyful sound as they moved on to The Tide Is High. Harry got the audience to sing back the tune at one stage, describing it as ‘so pretty” and adding: ‘I love it.’
She reflected on Blondie’s relationship with Glastonbury as they returned to the festival after playing in 1999 and 2014.
She told the crowd: ‘We’ve got a long track record with you guys so thank you very much for that.’
However, many festival goers and viewers at home said they struggled to hear as the band performed.
‘Blondie doesn’t sound the best, can’t hear her!,’ wrote one person on Twitter.
Another shared from the audience: ‘Sound is awful here for Blondie, backing music way too loud and can’t hear any vocals.’
While another television viewer posted: ‘I’m going deaf of my telly isn’t working. I can hardly hear them.’
‘Blondie we can’t hear you hun,’ tweeted someone else.