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BLONDIE, Liverpool O2 Academy, 1 August 2011
something really special to get people dancing when it's so hot the air
feels like hot water and their hair and clothes cling limply to their
limbs, but Blondie certainly managed it.
When they turned on the lights, the sweat was dripping from the ceiling.
Girl' got the crowd's hands joyfully aloft, clapping along to that
said herself - she'd fallen for the Merseyside crowd decades ago. She
spoke fondly of her 1979 gig in Deeside, to appreciative cheers from the
fans who have followed her from the beginning.
songs worked well - 'Cheap China Shoes', 'Mother 'and 'What I Heard'
were real highlights.
biggest cheers came for the more familiar songs. 'Rapture', one of the
first mainstream tracks to feature a rap section, sounded fresh and
vibrant, and worked well segued into a cover of the Beastie Boys 'You
Gotta Fight For Your Right to Party'.
finished the main set with a blistering version of 'One Way or Another'
that even had the bar staff dancing. And of course, there was an encore
of a Beatles cover - a homage to Liverpool.
Please Me' was the perfect choice, and the perfect end to a fantastic
gig. Here's hoping they're back again soon.
photos by Steve Goudie
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