Heart Of Glass

Bull Hotel, Horncastle ~ Friday 6th March 2004

Last Friday night saw the first of a series of tribute nights at the Bull Hotel in Horncastle. The idea of Debby and Steve who have recently taken over at the town centre hotel, the appearance of Blondie tribute band Heart Of Glass attracted a good size crowd to the hotel's function room.

Heart Of Glass are fronted by blonde bombshell Denise Danielle who not only looks like Debbie Harry, but sounds like her too. Backed by an excellent band featuring brothers Johnny and Pete Cox on bass & lead guitar respectively, Jonah Lacey-Hatton on drums and James Wells on keyboard and harmonica, her delivery of Blondie classics was memorable, both for the delivery of the songs, and for the energy and style of her performance. Costume changes too were part of the show, Denise started the night in a white slip over dress similar to the one Debbie Harry wore for the cover of the 'Parallel Lines' album. By the end of the evening, she had got through a number of costumes with changes of clothes every second or third number. These included a tiger skin dress, a slinky grey dress with long boots, orange overalls, and finally a red t-shirt yellow 'Blondie' logo similar to that on the cover of 'The Curse Of Blondie' album.

Heart Of Glass faithfully recreated all Blondie's classic hits, songs such as 'Sunday Girl' and 'Hangin On The Telephone' featured in the first set, as did the title the band took their name after, 'Heart Of Glass'.

The band also had opportunity to shine, as Denise took leave of the stage to change clothes, a great guitar / bass slot here, a guitar solo there, and a excellent guitar and harmonica duet featuring Pete Cox and James Wells during 'Eat To The Beat'. At this point we realised that we had actually seen James fronting his own blues band in Horncastle a few years previously. Local blues fans will probably recall the Frank James Blues Band who played locally in the mid 90's.

Denise has great stage presence, and she is the main focal point of the band, to such an extent at Horncastle the audience sat enthralled watching her and the band, rather than dancing during the first set. Debby encouraged many in the audience onto the dance floor for the grand finale, which started with 'The Tide Is High', and continued with 'Atomic' and Blondie's 21st century hit single 'Maria' and 'Denis'.

The whole evening had an excellent ambience, with an excellent band providing great entertainment and the audience out for a good time. Steve and Debby provided free nibbles too, another nice touch and Debby took the time to talk to many of the audience during the evening to ensure they were made welcome.

The next tribute night features U2 tribute Unforgettable Fire, tickets for this show which takes place on Friday 26th March can be purchased in advance priced £9.00 or on the door priced £11.00.