Blondie Gets On The Wave And Visits Cuba – Video
Written by Malecón Radio on 17/03/2019
The American rock band Blondie landed in Cuba on Wednesday 13th of March. Blondie plays its first concert on the island, after being in the music industry for more than four decades.
Two concerts are held Friday and Saturday at the Mella Theater in Havana. The repertoires contains everything from classics to songs from the latest album Pollinator.
In social media, the group has long expressed a desire to play in Cuba and now this becomes a reality. Deborah Harry, the leader of the band and creator of hits like Rapture, The Tide Is High and Heart Of Glass, shares the scene with local Cuban artists such as David Torrens, Alain Pérez and the Síntesis group.
The performance is part of the Blondie in Havana initiative, a four-day cultural exchange project, where the group gets to know the island and meet local Cuban musicians and fans.
To local media, Harry has expressed a desire for the Cuba visit to be a cultural meeting between the band and the local population, among other things, the audience will be invited to audio checks.
“The intention is to get some kind of semi-integration with the community and maybe do some shows and concerts before the official appearances, maybe make a drum circle or some other form of musical communication, but that’s not quite clear,” says drummer Clem Burke.
The band was established in 1974 and was one of the pillars in the development of a new wave of American punk rock and consists of Christopher Stein (guitar), Leigh Foxx (bass), Matt Katz-Bohen (keyboard) and Tommy Kessler (guitar).
Blondie has been a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 2006 and has 11 studio albums and over 40 million sold albums worldwide.