Blondie set the pace for new-wave bands in the late 1970s and early ’80s, becoming the most commercially successful group of its kind, with four No. 1 hits. Then a break — intended as a hiatus after guitarist Chris Stein was diagnosed with a rare skin disease — turned into a breakup in 1982. After going their separate ways for a while (during which time telegenic front woman Debbie Harry released three solo albums), the group got back together in 1997 for two more discs. But the reunion wasn’t all warm fuzzies. Frank Infante, who was not one of the founding members, unsuccessfully sued (along with Nigel Harrison) to prevent his former bandmates from using the name Blondie. When the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006, he asked Harry if he could play with the group. Her reply: “Can’t you see my band is up there?””Your band?” he retorted. “I thought Blondie was being inducted.” Needless to say, he didn’t play with them.
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