BLONDIE star Deborah Harry was relieved her Rock + Roll Hall of Fame showdown with ex-bandmates Gary Valentine, Nigel Harrison and Frank Infante amounted to a brief war of words - because she expected much worse. The HEART OF GLASS singer was furious when Harrison and Infante, who unsuccessfully sued Harry and bandmates Chris Stein and Clem Burke when they were left out of reunion plans in 1999, attempted to join the group's performance at the Hall Of Fame induction ceremony last night (13MAR06). The rockers charged the stage, demanding their input in Blondie was recognised at the event, but Harry discarded her ex-bandmates with a brief exchange of words, prompting them to leave. And Harry now reveals she was shocked with the nerve of her ex-bandmates, considering they've been trying to sue her again for the past three years. She says, "I expected much worse... but I don't know if there's a way to handle a situation like that. "There's been bad feeling for a long time. The three of them have been suing us for three years." After the event, Harry's bandmate and former lover CHRIS STEIN admitted he was appalled by his former friends' actions at the induction ceremony. He said, "They've sued us and they wrote themselves out of the band's history as far as I'm concerned."
LATEST: Blondie guitarist Chris Stein was shocked when his former bandmates Nigel Harrison and Frank Infante attempted to join the group's performance at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony last night (13MAR06), because "they wrote themselves out of the band's history". Stein, singer Deborah Harry and drummer Clem Burke played HEART OF GLASS, RAPTURE and CALL ON ME with their backing band after accepting their awards at New York City's Waldorf Astoria hotel. Their former bandmates Harrison and Infante unsuccessfully sued Harry, Stein and Burke in 1999 when they were excluded from Blondie's reunion tour. Former bassist Gary Valentine is also no longer a performing member of Blondie after a similar legal dispute. After former guitarist Infante, Harrison and Valentine attempted to join Blondie onstage for the performance, Harry replied, "Can't you see my band is up there?" Stein explains, "They've sued us and they wrote themselves out of the band's history as far as I'm concerned. "Those two guys, Nigel and Frankie were always getting paid their share of the stuff that they worked on. They wanted us to go on paying them for the stuff that we didn't want them involved in. It's up to the musicians to pick who they play with. "I don't think one should be forced to play with somebody because they did a couple of albums with us back in the past. I would've been really happy to support those guys if they hadn't sort of attacked us. They should have a little bit of honour. This is like going through the trenches together and we've been through all kinds of s**t." Stein played down to Harrison's contribution to Blondie, who was a member of the group from 1978 until 1982, saying, "Our bass player Lee Fox has been working with me and Debbie for 20 years. I worked with Nigel Harrison for maybe four-and-a-half."
The 21st Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction ceremony held in New York City last night (13MAR06) was marred by the ongoing feud between past and present members of Blondie, and the Sex Pistols' refusal to attend. Former Blondie members Nigel Harrison and Frank Infante unsuccessfully sued Deborah Harry, Chris Stein and Clem Burke in 1999 when they were excluded from the band's reunion tour. Former bassist Gary Valentine is also no longer a performing member of Blondie after a similar legal dispute. But guitarist Infante was desperate to take to the stage with his former friends to perform HEART OF GLASS RAPTURE and CALL ON ME. When accepting his award from Garbage rocker Shirley Manson, Infante pleaded, "Debbie, are we allowed?" She replied, "Can't you see my band is up there?" Infante, Valentine and Harrison had no choice but to leave the stage, leaving Burke, Harry and Stein to perform with more recent members. Meanwhile, punk legends the Sex Pistols refused to collect their award, and sent a profanity-laden letter in their place, which compared the Hall Of Fame to "urine in wine". Rolling Stone magazine founder Jan Wenner read out the correspondence in full, before urging John Lydon and his bandmates to collect their awards at a later date. He said, "If they want to smash them into bits, they can do that too." Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Miles Davis were also inducted into the Hall Of Fame, while Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss were given a lifetime achievement award in recognition of A+M Records, which they co-founded.
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