Touched by their presence

Touched by their presence
Chris Stein, Debbie Harry and Clem Burke of Blondie today

Drummer Clem Burke has been with Blondie since 1975. Ahead of their support gig at the Aviva Stadium for fellow sticksman Phil Collins, he tells Nadine O’Regan about sleeping next to Debbie Harry and why he is buzzing about Blondie’s latest album, Pollinator

‘You’re going to get Blondie fans saying, ‘Why are they supporting Phil Collins? What do they have in common?’ But we’ve both had a lot of pop hits and, at the same time, it goes a little deeper.”

Over the phone from his native New York, Clem Burke, the seasoned drummer with veteran post-punk legends Blondie, is having something of a sparring contest with himself about his planned visit to Ireland.

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