Inter-band tensions erupt at awards ceremony
Blondie’s inter-band tensions boiled over at last night’s Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame ceremony (March 13).
Following a speech by Garbage singer Shirley Manson, current and former members of the group appeared onstage together at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel to be inducted.
Current bandmates Debbie Harry, Chris Stein and Clem Burke were begged by long-departed guitarist Frank Infante and bassist Nigel Harrison to allow them to perform with the group.
Infante and Harrison had previously unsuccessfully tried to sue in order to rejoin Blondie.
According to Billboard, Harrison said: “We want(ed) to play. We weren’t part of it.” He also added that watching a film of the band’s career highlights made him feel like he was “attending his own funeral”.
However, Blondie went on to perform ‘Heart Of Glass’, ‘Rapture’ and ‘Call Me’ without Infante and Harrison, with guitarist Stein saying backstage after the show: “They wrote themselves out of the band’s history as far as I’m concerned.”
Inducting Black Sabbath, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich said: “I hereby not only acknowledge but scream from every fucking rooftop that Black Sabbath is and always will be synonymous with heavy metal.”
Metallica then paid tribute to the band by tearing through covers of ‘Hole In The Sky’ and ‘Iron Man’.
As previously reported, Sex Pistols recently declined their invitation to the ceremony when they published a hand-written letter calling the Hall Of Fame “urine in wine”.
Last night saw Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner read the note out the audience and the band’s statues will remain in the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame museum in Cleveland, Ohio until claimed.
“If they want to smash them into bits, they can do that too,” Wenner added.
The ceremony ended with Elvis Costello, Allen Toussaint and The Band’s Robbie Robertson paying tribute to New Orleans with Toussaint’s ‘Who’s Gonna Help Brother Get Further?’ and Fats Domino’s ‘Walking To New Orleans’.