Hammerstein Ballroom 5-19-01

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Blondie at Joey Ramone's 50th birthday party bash in the Spring of 2001.  Sadly Joey lost his battle with lymphoma on April 15 just a month shy of this birthday milestone.  During the tribute, many special guests including CBGB's owner Hilly Kristal, Lenny Kaye and Little Steven Van Zandt spoke about Joey before Blondie took the stage at about 10 PM. Cheap Trick was the warm up act and the guitar work of Rick Nielson soared with the vocals of lead singer Robin Zander.  Blondie performed a number of their hits including, "Dreaming," "Hangin' on the Telephone," and "Maria."  The band also did a cover of Ramone's song "I Wanna be Your Boyfriend" that bubbled along with just the right rhythm and was reinvented with Deborah delivering the vocal and was a highlight of the evening.  Chris Stein is on the far left. Leigh Foxx is to the right of Chris.  Deborah Harry is in the center.  You can't see Clem Burke but he's back there and Paul Carbonara is on the far right.  Jimi Destri on keyboards is out of the picture at the far left.  This performance was the first time I saw the band perform live.    
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