Event Description

BOOTLEG BLONDIE is the world’s No.1 official Debbie Harry & Blondie tribute band established in 2001, the only tribute to have performed with two founder members of Blondie, legendary drummer Clem Burke and singer-songwriter, bass player and author Gary Valentine. The band played legendary CBGB in New York City and are unique in that not only have they had the honour to be thanked on Blondie’s 11th studio album ‘Pollinator’, but they also toured the UK in 2019 with Clem Burke on drums to celebrate 40 years since the release of Blondie’s iconic album Parallel Lines! In an interview, Andy described Clem as the coolest older brother you could ever want. Both tours were a whirlwind of sell out shows, radio, press interviews and fab reviews, they drove nearly 5,000 miles and played to over 7,000 people!

On a day off during the first CBBB  tour, Andy and Clem wrote a song. They went into a studio in south London and recorded the track ‘Enigma Soho Au Go Go’. Debbie put down some vocals and the single was released in April of that year both online and on vinyl by Pop-Up Music!

Debbie Harris and Bootleg Blondie can be seen at all the major venues and festivals around the UK and Europe having played theIsle Of Wight Festival, the Shepherds Bush Empire, the 100 Club, the Hammersmith Palais, Dingwalls and the Electric Ballroom in London, Eric’s in Liverpool and 80s Throwback Floating Festival cruise and have opened for amongst others The Undertones, Slade, Bad Manners, The Beat, Sophie Ellis Baxter, UB40, Faithless, Bootleg Beatles, Heaven 17, Toyah, Hazel O’Connor, Visage, Bananarama, Altered Images, Sister Sledge, Howard Jones, Nick Kershaw, Chas and Dave, Tony Hadley, Big Country and The Idles.

Debbie Harris and the boys have met the REAL Blondie many times. Debbie Harry wished them good luck with their show for their gig at CBGB in 2006. When Andy and Debbie got married in 2016, they were over the moon to receive two video clips: one from all the Blondie band members and a personal message of congratulations from Debbie Harry herself!

Lead vocalist Debbie Harris appeared in The Mail On Sunday EVENT Magazine…..

…. and she performed on two shows for BBC1 when she was picked out of 15,000 applicants to represent Debbie Harry on ‘Even Better Than The Real Thing’ hosted by Paddy McGuinness. The shows attracted an audience of 10 million viewers!

Debbie and Andy got married in March 2016. To their great delight, they received two video messages from Blondie and Debbie Harry congratulating them on their wedding day. What a wedding present!

Check out the short video clip of Clem Burke with Bootleg Blondie back in 2016 on our Video page.

Debbie Harris, lead vocalist of Bootleg Blondie, has the looks, voice and attitude of the original Blondie bombshell. Like her heroine, she is typically outrageous on stage. She has been known to wear dustbin liners, thigh-length boots and T-shirts with more holes than T-shirts! Debbie’s pride and joy is her guitar, which she plays at every show and is signed by all the Blondie members.

As seen on BBC1, Debbie Harris is the niece of the celebrated singer and actress Shani Wallis, best known for portraying the ill-fated ‘Nancy’ in Lionel Bart’s Oscar-winning musical film “Oliver!”

Bootleg Blondie

Friday 9th August 2024
8:00 pm

£22 Standing; £25 Seated