On August 24th, I had the pleasure of attending the Blondie concert for PlanetNikon Photographer. I asked for a media pass and was granted one in exchange for doing a review, which I just completed, for our next issue!
I cannot, by contract, willy-nilly post the images taken, they have to be in the magazine only, which is a shame, because I got some good images. However, I can post cell phone images.... check out my Facebook page for some video clips of some songs.
Blondie was amazing. I was a huge fan in the 70's, primarily because I just loved Debbie Harry. A strikingly gorgeous woman. I enjoyed their music, but not as much as I loved The Rolling Stones or Led Zeppelin, but I was still a fan and purchased quite of a few of their albums.
The concert started off pretty smooth, she was fashionably late... 10 minutes .... strolled onto the stage and got down to business. This woman is 73! And, still carries herself well and in my opinion, has plenty of WOW factor still left in her. She also had a moment or two of protest .... and advocate for the well being of the Planet, she had a shirt with some foul language on it that said, "Stop F*$#ing the Planet" and during the encore, sang to Russia with Love. In Dreaming, she heavily emphasized that we are "Free, Free, Free, Free", maybe a little over played, but she got her message across. I love the woman, good for her. The rest of the show was pretty much solid Rock, Blondie style.
Clem Burke is still with the band (drummer) and he was as good today as I remember him in the 70's. I was happy to see he is still with the band. Chris Stein was noticeably absent. He has had notoriously bad health issues in the 80's (auto immune problems) and I will bet the absence at the show was related. Regardless, the band didn't miss a beat and the music was solid.
Loved the whole evening.
As media, we were ushered in for 3 songs, behind the sound booth, not near the stage, so I took my 200-400 and monopod. I shot off about 200 images. Got some real keepers. After that, I took my seat and took notes about the show for the article.
Fallsview Casino is an excellent venue, as I suspect of most Casinos. Comfortable seats, every seat is a good seat and the sound is solid. Can't say enough good things about the whole experience. If you have favorite acts you can see at a Casino, treat yourself, you will not regret the experience. So far, I have seen:
• 3 Dog Night a number of times at a number of Casinos
• ZZ Top
All greatly enjoyable evenings out.
iPhone image from my seat.....
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