Blondie have explained why they turned down the offer to play in front of 25,000 people at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Writing in this week’s NME, Debbie Harry and Chris Stein say that rejecting the offer was not an easy decision. “We wanted to go but it didn’t feel proper, especially in light of the crazy new legislation banning ‘homosexual propaganda’ and the climate of anti-gay abuse,” they write.
Citing their relationship with their gay fans, the pair continue, “Blondie has a long relationship with the gay community. These are our friends and neighbours, so to take a stand and represent them feels natural to us.”