Another great night out... Another great Blondie show.
Music Box at the Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa. Atlantic City, New Jersey. 16 September 2011.
Blondie played a tight set of classics peppered with eight songs from their new album "Panic Of Girls". The new songs were played with a furious punch that only subsided for one of the album's key tracks: a darkly sentimental heartbreak ballad "China Shoes", which created something of an "eye in the storm" at the center of the set. The entire show packed a freshness and intensity that underscored their intent to remain a current, modern band that remains creative and vital nearly 40 years after their initial inception. Bravo to ALL... and, of course, a hearty round of praise to Debbie Harry, who only became more focused, hyperkinetic (and undressed) as the show progressed. Young upstarts and newly-established buzz bands take note: THIS is where you want to be many years from now.