[Exene Says...] On the Road With Blondie

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Exene Cervenka
[Editor's Note: Exene Cervenka is a writer, visual artist and punk rock pioneer. The OC transplant is the lead singer for X, the Knitters and Original Sinners. Her column, Exene Says..., is her space to basically just write what's on her mind, everything from crazy life stories to political theories and observations about what's going on in this fucked up world of ours. To contact her, send all messages to askexene@ocweekly.com.]

On Sept. 4, my band X flew to Boston. My broom is so tired. Why? Because I had to get to New England for the first night of the Blondie/X tour in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire.

The first show was at Hampton Beach Casino, which--just like the casino on Catalina Island--is a ballroom, not a gambling hall! There was, however, this strange mini-gambling casino down the beach. I lost $60 there, but the fact that it was small and local made it worth losing every cent, just to be playing cards with people with identities and histories and personalities; it was so old-fashioned, American and familiar.

Blondie was outstanding during sound check. Hearing Debbie Harry sing "Maria" in an empty, turn-of-the-century ballroom was so tingling! And the audience at the show was fantastic--it was amazing to see the energy of some of the hardcore X and Blondie fans, plus people seeing us for the first time. And I hate to sound biased, but our set was pretty great . . . at least that's what I've been told.

During Blondie's set, Debbie sported a black gown, black dunce cap and this glorious pair of gold Chanel sneakers that somebody had given to her just prior to getting onstage.


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