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Free Times - 28th November 2007

Volume 15, Issue 30
Published November 28th, 2007 
Being There
Deborah Harry, The Pipettes, Jagermeister Music Tour

By Karen Laney

Deborah Harry

Agora Ballroom, Wednesday, Nov. 21

Thanksgiving Eve tends to kick-start the holiday season but it didn't help this show, which took place in the Agora Ballroom. While fronting Blondie at the Blossom Music Center last summer, Deborah Harry sang to a full house. This show was a far more intimate affair.

When Harry strutted out in her "It's Only Rock 'N' Roll" T-shirt, black mini-skirt, red boots and beret, it was quickly apparent she's a commanding presence, whether performing on the small or large stage. While the audience was all ages, it was surprising to see patrons singing along to the new material on Necessary Evil, Harry's first solo effort in 14 years. The album has a very modern edge and its dance grooves make it a DJ's dream. There's no doubt that for the short time it's been available, people are tuning in and for good reason.

Harry challenged the audience to "work up an appetite for tomorrow," not a difficult task with new songs like "Necessary Evil" and "If I Had You" heating things up. Harry looked good as she held her studded cordless mic and led her young and very likable band into the 1986 ditty "French Kissin'." When an acoustic guitar came out, her beret came off and she tussled up her hair before agreeing to play two Blondie songs. What followed was a taunting "The Tide Is High" that segued right into "Heart of Glass." Harry's phrasing was superb, all natural, tongue-rollin' whispers that tempted you to hear the new appeal. "Lovelight" from Def Dumb & Blonde was a great groove and the high energy "School for Scandal" found Harry moving around the stage like a disoriented robot. The show was in high dance gear from that point forward with the guitar freak-out "Whiteout" closing the set. "Too Hot" and "Charm Alarm" proved Harry could leave on a high note, but it's obvious the sixtysomething singer isn't going anywhere.

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