The reunited Blondie — vocalist Deborah Harry, guitarist Chris Stein, keyboardist James Destry, and drummer Clem Burke — are finishing work on “No Exit,” their first new album in 16 years. But if two former band mates have their way it may never see the light of day, according to EW magazine. Bassist Nigel Harrison and guitarist Frank Infante, who joined Blondie in 1977 and played on such albums as “Parallel Lines,” have been left out of the reunion plans and are suing the group in an attempt to scuttle the tour and February ’99 album release.
The duo say they own a percentage of Blondie and share rights to the group’s name. They’re also seeking damages based on what they claim are past financial improprieties. A rep for the reconstituted Blondie says they’re not overly concerned: “The band and their attorneys feel that there’s no basis for any of these claims.” Of course, what really matters is how a judge feels. Until then, you can bet both sides will be hanging by the telephone waiting for a decision. — Rob Brunner