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Blond Pony (long winded)



Posted by:Slimedog (‘jvacca@rcn.com’)
Posted on: 21 Feb 2009
 
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I saw Blondie backing up Iggy Pop in 76? My friend and I had seen the Tubes at a theatre in Cambridge, Mass. a month before. We had bought tickets to see Iggy & thought it was the same place in Cambridge (I think it was the Brattle Theatre, that didn't normally have rock shows but probably because of the theatrical nature of the Tubes had agreed to host probably their first visit to the city).

This was back in my drug experimenting days, also, in the days of eight tracks tapes, my friend and I had planned on snorting some coke off an eight track in his Ford Mustang car before the show. We poured out a bit more than we wanted but then said what the hell. So we go stand in line for the Iggy show and notice a lot of folks are in tuxedos and such. The person rips our tickets and we head toward an usher-he looks at our tickets and says, "You guys are in the wrong place, this is for the Cambridge Theatre," or whatever it was called, it was a placed that had hosted the Clash on their first area visit.

So my friend says, "I know where that is," we get the other part of our torn tickets, run a few blocks to the place, my friend holds the tickets up to the guy at the door and when he tries to take them he sees they're ripped in half. My buddy says, "They were in my wallet and they got ripped!" The doorman shrugs his shoulders and says, "well, they're good, go on in." I guess the tickets weren't the only thing that was ripped.

We get to our seats just before Blondie gets on. I do remember their first song was a cover of "Pallasades Park" a sixties hit by Freddy "Boom Boom" Cannon who I belive was from Revere, Mass. They were very good and I do believe this was the only time I got to see them live.

Next was Iggy with David Bowie on keyboard and backing vocals and the Hunt brothers on drums and bass, (offspring of American comic Soupy Sales) and I belive Ricky Gardiner on guitar, he had played on Bowie's "Low" and Iggy's "The Idiot" and I've heard retired long ago to be a sheepherder in Scotland I think getting some royalties from a few co-authored songs on those albums.

I think this was shortly after Iggy had released "The Idiot" and Bowie, who had produced the album, was trying to help him in his comeback. What was amazing was this was still during Bowie's glam period and to see him in a blue flannel shirt singing backup was strange indeed. Very good show though, overall.

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