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Wednesday 24 July, 2002
Turning Stone Casino Showroom
Verona, New York
Story and photos by William Bolton

You may have noticed that many bands that were making music history in the eighties, the seventies and even as far back as the sixties is either touring again or in some cases has never really stopped at all.
This presents an incredible opportunity for those of us who were fans” way back when" to either relive or have a dream come true for the first time.

Blondie has always been one of my favorite bands. I never got to see them back when they were topping the rock, pop, disco and punk charts, but I always promised myself that if the ever came within driving distance I would drop everything and go see them.
My chance finally came on the evening of July 24th 2002 when they played the showroom at Turning Stone Casino in Verona New York.
There was no let down or disappointment even when the pedestal was placed so high. They did a great set of fan favorites from the early years as well as stuff from their latest album “No Exit”. Debbie’s vocals and the band’s instrumentals were flawless. The one minor exception to the perfection was that Jimmy was out with an injury, but he was well covered for.

Hearing songs like “Dreaming”, Heart of Glass”, “Fade away and Radiate” and my personal favorite “Call Me” brought back memories in a flood of what can only be described as Heaven.
As a fan I would like to tell you not to go see Blondie that is because I want the best tickets for myself. If you have always wanted to see this band, "go for it" because they are just as great as they ever were. And yes their “sex symbol of the eighties” lead singer is as beautiful as ever.

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