Established in 2001, Bootleg Blondie are the only Blondie tribute to play the legendary CBGB in New York City and have had the honour to be thanked on Blondie’s 11th album Pollinator.
In 2019, to celebrate forty years since the release of Blondie’s iconic album Parallel Lines, they played two UK tours with Blondie’s legendary drummer Clem Burke, under the band name CBBB (Clem Burke and Bootleg Blondie). 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, also releasing an original single Enigma Soho Au Go Go to coincide with the tours which is available through AppleMusic, Spotify, Deezer, and itunes. Clem and the band are currently writing songs for a rock opera about London.
Lead vocalist Debbie Harris has the looks, the voice and the 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-shirt! Debbie’s pride and joy is her guitar which she plays at every show, signed by all the Blondie band members. She appeared in the Mail On Sunday Magazine and performed on two tv 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 which attracted an audience of 10 million viewers.
Bootleg Blondie can be seen at all the major venues and festivals around the UK and Europe, having played the Isle of Wight Festival, the 100 Club, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, 100 Club, the Hammersmith Palais, the Electric Ballroom London, Eric’s Liverpool, Dingwall’s London and have opened for amongst others The Undertones, Slade, The Beat, Bad Manners, Sophie Ellis Baxtor, Faithless, UB40, Sister Sledge, Bootleg Beatles, Heaven 17, Toyah, Visage, Hazel O’Connor, Tony Hadley, Altered Images, Bananarama, David Essex, Nick Kershaw, The Idles, Big Country and the wonderful Chas and Dave!
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