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Two piece Blondie and a TEN piece Steely Dan tribute coming to Ruislip very soon
 Dear Live Music Fan

A few things to get through this week, but only one show this weekend when we see Debbie Harris and Andy return with their Bootleg Blondie duo show - a night for your dance shoes!




Debbie and Andy seem now to have taken a residency with us for the Friday before Bank Holiday Weekend with their ever popular "Duo Show" where you not only get all the massive Blondie hits (first set) but after a show break we carry on with a set of songs from the likes of Kim Wilde, The Jam, Madness, Soft Cell, T-Rex, The Clash, The Eurythmics etc. A real poptastic selection.

BOOTLEG BLONDIE is the Official Deborah Harry & Blondie tribute band and the only Blondie tribute to play at the legendary CBGBs in New York City before it's sad closure in 2006. CBGBs was the Holy Grail of American Punk and New Wave, where the real Blondie first kicked off their career. The Bootlegs have also played the Isle Of Wight Festival, the 100 Club & Hammersmith Palais in London, Eric’s in Liverpool and appear regularly at many top venues and festivals around the UK and Europe.

Debbie Harris and the boys have met the REAL Blondie and been officially endorsed by the band. Deborah Harry got in touch when she heard we were playing CBGBs in New York City to wish us good luck and when Clem Burke, Blondie's charismatic drummer, found out that we were making a replica of his Premier drum kit, he arranged for us to meet him and signed our bass drum skin. During the 2010 Blondie tour of the UK we took Clem out for a trip around London in our tour bus, he signed that too!!!! In 2014 Clem invited Debbie Harris along to a recording session at the famous Foo Fighters 606 Studio in Los Angeles, where Dave Grohl made the film Sound City reel To Reel featuring Paul McCartney recording the Grammy winning song Cut Me Some Slack.

In March 2016 Debbie and Andy got married and to their great delight received two video clips from both Blondie and Deborah Harry herself congratulating them on their wedding!

Debbie Harris, lead vocalist of Bootleg Blondie, has the looks, the voice and the attitude of the original Blondie bombshell and like her heroine is typically outrageous on stage. She has been known to wear dustbin liners, thigh length boots and t-shirts with more holes than t-shirt! Debbie's pride & joy is her guitar which she plays during her show and is signed by all the Blondie band members.

The band were recently featured in The Mail On Sunday and you can read the article about them at http://www.tropicatruislip.co.uk/bands/bootlegblondie/duo/mail.jpg

Doors are at 8.30 as usual and a 9.30 start and tickets are £12 pre-booked.

Book now at http://www.tropicatruislip.co.uk/ebook/index.htm



STANLEY DEE - A tribute to Steely Dan

Until now this band have always had their shows on either a Saturday or a Sunday at Tropic' but I thought they really deserved a Friday date and with our big PA system wheeled in, so this is your chance to see it.

I confess when I first started doing Tropic' the music of Steely Dan had somewhat passed me by, sure I knew the hits such as Reeling In the Years, but little more. Having seen this band a few times I now, of course, know it a lot better, and it is terrific.

Stanley Dee came together in 2010 as the result of a few friends having the mad ambition of playing some of the most technically demanding yet musically rewarding material in the world of music.

There are many ways to approach the music of Steely Dan. Music which means so much to those of us who appreciate a tightly crafted groove, a memorable tune, an intriguing chord progression and often a twisted story line. Bearing in mind the sheer quality of the musicians who played on the original recordings, the scope of the task can seem daunting. For that reason, you might reasonably expect a Steely Dan tribute band to have a somewhat serious manner…..

But not Stanley Dee! We love the music of Becker and Fagen, and it makes us happy. Audiences can tell from the way some of us bounce around on stage, and the way we all have large smiles plastered on our faces most of the time. This music is FUN!

Which is not to say that we treat the music lightly. This stuff is hard to do well, and we pride ourselves on recreating the authentic sounds, down to the details of the amazing solos and the intricate vocal harmonies. We’re all huge fans of the music itself, and we know what our audiences want to hear. We’ve been at this since 2009, and have racked up loads of gigs, starting in our home area of South Herts, but also (increasingly) going much further afield. If you’ve seen us, you’ll know what we’re about, and if you haven’t… it’s about time you checked us out.

Authentic sounds played with skill and enthusiasm. If you like Steely Dan, you will love Stanley Dee!

Book now at http://www.tropicatruislip.co.uk/ebook/index.htm or your usual web links and it is only £10 pre-booked.




I have booked Johnny Warman's Magic Bus to play for us on 26th June 2020. Johnny used to be the lead singer with The Mods and the show is along similar lines…that is to say top class musicians bringing us a selection of 60's and 70's hits, and I just know it will be brilliant. they are a million miles away from a "pub covers band"!



Cracking show and a decent crowd in for an August and I am pleased to say they finally seem to have got to the bottom of the sound issues that plagued their first two appearances. There is no date in the diary for them to return….but I hope to get one in in due course.


OK, so the numbers were a little down on last year but of the 100 or so that came most were up dancing at some point. There was some great guitar and keyboard playing going on around "Tiny Tina" and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Again no date in the diary just now for a return.

I think that is all

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