Mini-review: "Blondie Live! The Farewell Concert 1982"
I'd be more excited about this release if Debbie Harry and (most of) her bandmates hadn't reformed in 1997 and been gigging ever since. Still, I'm reliably informed this is the first time their "farewell" show - recorded in Toronto, Canada - has been available on DVD in Oz, so that should make Blondie buffs happy. The 11 tracks include "Heart Of Glass", "Hanging On The Telephone", "One Way Or Another" and an effective cover of the The Rolling Stones' "Start Me Up". You don't get "Union City Blue" or "Atomic", but you do get a group in top form, bolstered by a horn section and guest guitarist, and led by a sex-on-crazy-legs singer who knows how to give her audience a little more with each number. The frantic concert closer, "Call Me", will have you wishing you coulda been there. For $20, you can.
[Australian DVD release date: Today!]