Blondie’s Debbie Harry Says She’s An Old Fart But ‘Likes Being An Animal’

At the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Blondie’s Debbie Harry expressed her views on aging and performance, acknowledging her seasoned role in the music industry.

The singer stressed the importance of the audience in shaping a live show, saying:

“The audience is extremely important to how the show goes and how the players play. I know that when I look out, and I do actually watch you, that will direct my performance. The guys are always looking as well, although we are not looking for the same thing.”

Harry’s Take On Being A Performer

Harry then described performers as sensory beings, driven by sight, sound, smell, and touch, explaining:

“We are animals. We smell, we hear, we see, and we feel. That’s the part that’s missing. I know it’s part of the progress, and I am an old fart, but I like to feel the heat. I like being an animal.”

No Plans To Retire

Despite her veteran status, the vocalist has been firm about not retiring, expressing her intent to continue with Blondie as long as possible. In a 2021 interview with The Sun newspaper, she said:

“To be creative and to keep that part of my brain going is essential and as I get older. I just want to feel that side of life and feel that I am contributing somehow to my own well-being. Music is my life force. And I’ve had so much support from family, friends, and fans that I can’t think of any other way. What else would I do? Become a race car driver?”

In June 2023, Harry confirmed that despite his health challenges and break from touring, Chris Stein remains a ‘major contributor’ to Blondie’s upcoming album. Stein, dealing with Atrial Fibrillation, stepped back from performing but continues to be involved in recording and other band projects. Harry also mentioned working with producer John Congleton and teased a collaboration with Johnny Marr.