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Free Times - 21st November 2007

Music Calendar
No Gray For Blondie
Deborah Harry At Agora, Wednesday, Nov. 21

Deborah Harry, who's now in her 60s, bristles when asked when she's planning to retire. "What are you trying to say?" she hisses in a phone interview from a North Carolina tour stop. "I think I'll know when it becomes too physically difficult to perform. That's the only thing that will stop me." Between touring and recording with Blondie and releasing a new dance-oriented solo album called Necessary Evil and touring behind it, Harry's been plenty active in the past couple of years. And for this tour, she's stressing her solo material over the Blondie material. "It's slightly different," she says of touring with a four-piece. "The new stuff is more modern and up-to-date. It represents what I'm thinking today. I think there's quite a bit of great music these days. I enjoy a lot of stuff. There's a lot of nice music. I like different songs and not so much bands." For the Rock Hall inductee, who recalled one "wild night" in Cleveland years ago when Blondie opened for Iggy Pop and David Bowie, the changes and mutations the music industry has gone through aren't totally unexpected. But we are talking about the woman who introduced hip-hop to the masses with her 1981 hit "Rapture." "Music is still very vital to lots of people's lives," she says. "It's a powerful creative source," she says. "It's vital. [Blondie partner] Chris [Stein] was the first to bring the fusion of different forms of music. It's a good legacy for us." Ragastan opens at 8 p.m. at the Agora Theatre (5000 Euclid Ave., 216.881.2221). Tickets: $26. - Jeff Niesel

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