Fact: Blondie has been added to the British Summer Time Festival line-up. The band, fronted by Debbie Harry, will be supporting Phil Collins’ headline gig on Friday 30 June (17) at London’s Hyde Park. The Killers, Green Day, Justin Bieber, Kings of Leon and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are also headlining shows at the annual summer festival, which runs until 9 July.
Fact: Blondie paid tribute to fellow New Yorkers the Beastie Boys during their Glastonbury festival set in England on Friday (27Jun14) when they sampled the rap trio's Fight For Your Right (To Party) into their rendition of Rapture. Blondie's hits set included Call Me, Atomic and The Tide Is High.
Fact: Blondie star Debbie Harry poked fun at Jay Z and Solange Knowles' headline-grabbing elevator fight in a Tv skit on Wednesday night (14May14). The punk icon tried to keep a straight face as she fronted a public service announcement for America's The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, warning against the dangers of elevator fighting.
Fact: Rockers Blondie are set to celebrate their 40th anniversary by releasing a two-disc set featuring new music. Blondie 4(0) Ever will hit stores in May (14) and will include collaborations with members of Gossip, Miss Guy, Systema Solar and Los Rakas. The first disc, Ghosts of Download, will be the band's 10th studio album and the second record, Deluxe Redux: Greatest Hits, will feature new studio recordings of hit Blondie songs including Heart of Glass, Rapture and One Way or Another.
Quote: "It's not about the cat. That's a cool brush-off. Chris really wrote that about Debbie." Blondie keyboard player Jimmy Destri explodes the myth that the band's hit Sunday Girl is about former couple Debbie Harry and Chris Stein's pet pussy.
Fact: Blondie star Debbie Harry made a surprise appearance with female rock group the Dum Dum Girls at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas on Wednesday (12Mar14). They performed Blondie's hit Dreaming.
Fact: Comedienne Kathy Griffin joined Blondie rocker Debbie Harry in an impromptu singalong for her hit song Hanging on the Telephone during Griffin's stint as co-host for CNN's New Year's Eve special with newsman with Anderson Cooper.
Fact: Veteran pop punks Blondie performed cover versions of Ellie Goulding's Lights and Frankie Goes To Hollywood's gay anthem Relax during their Los Angeles show at the Greek Theatre on Wednesday night (12Sep12). Debbie Harry's band also performed a brief version of the Beastie Boys' No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn during a rendition of their classic Rapture.
Quote: "I'm blessed with good health, I enjoy (performing), and I like making money. When it becomes evident that I shouldn't be onstage, then I won't. But I don't feel like I have to stop." Blondie icon Debbie Harry, 66, will continue to rock on into old age.
Fact: Blondie star Clem Burke donned a traditional cap and gown to accept a doctorate at the University of Gloucestershire in England on Saturday (30Jul11). The drummer then showed off his percussion skills with a short performance on a drum set.
Quote: "I'm worried about drilling for oil. I think it is harming the earth, 'cos it drains the layer of oil under the surface, and that could be causing earthquakes. It's like we're giving the earth arthritis. I don't know if that sounds crazy." Blondie star Debbie Harry shares her views on the world's environmental issues.
Quote: "She is truly talented and slightly mad. I find her encouraging. It's such a conservative period in the U.S. We have even had attempts at censorship which I find appalling and terrible. Artists like Gaga are necessary during periods like this." Blondie star Debbie Harry is a fan of controversial star Lady GaGa.
Quote: "Was I aware Madonna was copying certain elements of my style? Yes. Did I mind? Some parts, yes, some parts, no. It was love/hate. I loved her wildness and sexuality. Borderline was the material that I found most interesting. She is a force to be reckoned with in the industry - and I commend that." Blondie singer Debbie Harry on her former rivalry with Madonna.
Fact: Alicia Keys has recorded a 'mash-up' of Blondie's RAPTURE and the SEX & The City theme for the movie sequel's soundtrack, which also features a Leona Lewis and Jennifer Hudson duet, Liza Minnelli's version of Beyonce's Single Ladies and the film's four stars belting out a rendition of Helen Reddy's I Am Woman.
Fact: Perry Farrell and Blondie star Deborah Harry have recorded a duet called THE PATIENCE BOSSA for a new kids album, inspired by Farrell's Lollapalooza festival. Kidzapalooza, Vol. 1 hits stores on 16 June (09).
Quote: "Write a tell-all? Yucchh! Well, there was one night when Johnny Ramone pissed into a glass of beer and handed it to Johnny Rotten who drank it." Blondie star Debbie Harry happily reveals the backstage hijinks of legendary punk rockers.
Quote: "Those high-rises they're slapping up are so thoughtless. You'd think that New Yorkers would really get on the bandwagon and say, 'Enough of this crap. You're turning the city into a penal colony.'" Blondie star Deborah Harry on the architecture in her beloved Manhattan, New York.
Quote: "People have speculated about whether I was wearing knickers when I appeared on stage in a really short dress, and there were occasions when I went on without underwear, but I'm not flashing myself like Britney." Blondie frontwoman Deborah Harry insists she wasn't the crotch-flashing star's inspirational predecessor.
Fact: Pop veterans the Pet Shop Boys and teenage guitar star Paolo Nutini will ring in the new year at Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations in Scotland (01JAN07) They follow in the footsteps of UB40, Culture Club, the Pretenders and Blondie in landing the coveted spot