Bootleg Blondie plus CLEM BURKE
BOOTLEG BLONDIE is the official Debbie Harry & Blondie tribute band, the
only Blondie tribute to play the legendary CBGB’s in New York City before
it's demise in 2006 and to have the honour to be mentioned on Blondie’s 11
Lead vocalist Debbie Harris appeared on two 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.
The show drew in nearly 4 million viewers on the pilot episode alone.
Debbie Harris and Bootleg Blondie have played the Isle Of Wight Festival, the 100 Club, the
Hammersmith Palais, The Electric Ballroom in London, Eric’s in Liverpool, and have opened up for
amongst others The Undertones, Slade, The Beat, Bad Manners, Heaven 17, Toyah, Hazel O’Connor,
Tony Hadley, David Essex and Nick Kershaw and can be seen at all the major venues and festivals
around the UK and Europe.
Debbie Harris and the boys have met the REAL Blondie and are officially endorsed by the band. Debbie
Harry got in touch in 2006 when she heard we were playing CBGB’s in New York City to wish us good
luck with our show and when Clem Burke, Blondie's charismatic drummer, found out that we were
making a replica of his Premier drum kit, he arranged a meet up to sign the Bootleg’s bass drum skin.
‘During the 2010 Blondie tour of the UK we took Clem out for a trip around London in our tour bus, he
signed that too!!!!’
In 2014 Clem invited Debbie and Andy to a recording session at the Foo Fighters’ famous 606 Studio in
Los Angeles, where they saw Clem and the awesome Neve mixing desk in action!
Debbie and Andy got married in March 2016 and to their great delight received two video clips from both
Blondie and Debbie Harry herself congratulating them on their wedding day. What a wedding present!
And probably the best Xmas present in the world ever was in 2016 when Clem Burke came along to a
Bootleg Blondie gig and actually got up and played drums on stage with the band! He said afterwards
that watching and playing with Bootleg Blondie was very emotional. Well Bootleg Blondie were very
touched by Clem’s presence!!!
Debbie Harris, lead vocalist of Bootleg Blondie, has the looks, the voice and the attitude of the original
Blondie bombshell and like her heroine 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 & joy is her
guitar which she plays at every show and is signed by all the Blondie band members.
Debbie Harris is the niece of the celebrated singer and actress Shani Wallis who played Nancy in Lionel
Bart’s musical film 'Oliver'!
‘Good luck with your show!’ DEBBIE HARRY
'Playing with Bootleg Blondie was very emotional' CLEM BURKE
‘Thank you for your support’ CHRIS STEIN
'Hey Debbie and Andy congratulations, rock the house!' DEBBIE HARRY AND BLONDIE
plus CLEM BURKE
Blondie Drummer Clem Burke Goes Deep into the Inspiration for 'Heart of Glass', 'Rapture' and More When you’re one of Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Drummers of All Time” and you’ve played for a wow-factor list of other artists, you are the drummer for Blondie, an ideal subject for an upcoming documentary on Sky. Also affectionately known as the Doctor of Rock, and as the hardest-working drummer in the business, Clem Burke takes none of it for granted.
He understands that Blondie’s selling of more than 45 million albums is no accident. Burke has been a part of the legend since 1975, someone who’s been referred to more than once as the “backbone” of the band’s sound. His peers revere his creativity, stamina and raw talent well honed through the decades, and showing no signs of abating.