Debbie Harry was interviewed by Gordon Smart on the brand new Radio X Evening Show last night, where she spoke about Blondie breaking into Stonehenge after playing Glastonbury, David Bowie being instrumental in launching Blondie’s career and her Scottish roots.
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Debbie Harry on the Radio X Evening Show with Gordon Smart – interview transcript
GS: Gordon Smart
DH: Debbie Harry
Debbie Harry on Blondie breaking into Stonehenge
GS: Debbie, a really good pal of mine worked with you in 1999 and he tells a wonderful story about when you went down to play Glastonbury, and on the way back Blondie as a band gatecrashed Stonehenge, climbed over the fences and probably broke quite a lot of laws… Do you remember that, and what was your take on that day?
DH: Well, I remember different aspects of it and climbing over the fences wasn’t… I don’t think that I was one of the fence climbers, you know. But I think, you know, the boys had to touch, you know they wanted to really touch that big stone and I envy them that… but we were allowed to go up the path and I remember feeling some kind of – I know I’ll probably be debunked about this – but I remember getting closer to the ring and feeling, like, this sort of magnetic force, you know like this sort of electrical feeling that came. Clearly I walked through this field of energy when I got up closer to it. So I’ll never forget that, that was quite something.
Debbie Harry pays tribute to David Bowie
DH: I think Bowie was instrumental in launching our career as a real touring live entity and he was extremely generous to us. He opened… I think he opened a lot of doors for us by, you know, putting us on that tour with Iggy. And that was the first step in the right direction. A big step. So he was totally responsible for that.
On her Scottish roots
GS: You must be Scottish somewhere down the line if you like miserable weather that much!
DH: Oh yes, I’m totally Scottish. I’m a Mackenzie.
GS: No way, really?
DH: Uhuh, yep.
GS: I didn’t know that. Was that your mother’s side or your father’s side?
DH: Ah, god, that I couldn’t really say but I have a feeling it was my mother’s.
GS: Do you realise for the rest of my life I’m going to tell everybody that Debbie Harry’s Scottish?
DH: I’ve been saying it for years, so, maybe, you know, maybe some people don’t wanna hear that but then again some others do!