Stein Dismisses Past Blondie Members
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."