This Tuesday, November 25, at 10 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Pacific, the fiercely energetic Blondie tribute band Blonde Day (featuring the stunning Heather E. Lounsbury) will perform live on AXS TV for Katie Daryl’s “The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands.” The hour-long concert will take place at the world famous Whiskey a Go Go.
“Just the fact that the venue is the Whiskey a Go Go is so insane because Blondie had their first show on the West Coast on that very stage back in 1977! The fact that we get to perform there, too, is just amazing!” Heather stated in an interview with zoomdune.com. “We are sort of hoping to re-create that whole event with costumes and just the whole vibe of that time. In a way, it’ll be a throwback show to allow people to really live that moment in as authentic a way as we can provide. And, of course, we will be doing hits that were not written in 1977, too!”
There is an energy and a cutting-edge style that Heather wears so naturally on stage. Her presence, alone, has a way of electrifying the crowd. She rekindles the magic for longtime Blondie fans as effortlessly as she sparks a brand new fire in more recent fans.
“A lot of the younger generation were not able to see these bands, some of whom may not even be playing together anymore, so we’ve been told that we are the closest these fans are ever going to get to experiencing what these bands were like. It’s pretty neat to be able to bring that to someone.”
“And, holy cow, wow! To be told that Blonde Day can bring back even some of that spark and pizzazz that she had… She started the whole blonde rocker chick vibe. She was gorgeous, but then she could get down and dirty! And that’s what I love so much about her, that dichotomy. But to be told I make people have those funny feelings inside when they see me?” she laughed, “Wow!”
Heather’s journey is pretty incredible considering singing was never something she actually considered as a life’s pursuit. It was just something she did for fun back in high school.
“Many moons ago, my niece was diagnosed with leukemia — she lives in New York and I was out in L.A. by then. At that age, it was all about Disney for her. She wanted to hear my voice, so I made a recording with some karaoke tracks of Disney tunes just so she would have something to listen to in the hospital — she went into remission and everything had a happy ending,” Heather recounted.
Two years later, a bass player she was dating — who is now her husband — found those recordings and was so impressed, he coerced her into starting a band.
“I had the worst stage fright in the world!” she recalled. “I just couldn’t get enough of performing, it’s so much fun to be up there making people happy! But I had this crazy stage fright… and standing still made it worse. Standing still and singing is the scariest thing in the world for me, but I found that if I can jump around and do some headbanging on stage, it’s alright.”
“And that worked out just fine, because you really have to prove yourself in the tribute world, you have to go big or go home. We go all out with the costumes and the energy — the energy is sort of our thing — when we perform, we always try to go above and beyond, take it to extra crazy!”
Be sure to catch Blonde Day live on AXS TV’s “The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands” this Tuesday, November 25, at 10 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Pacific. Additionally Blonde Day will be in Vegas for New Year’s Eve. “That whole week of New Year’s we’ll be down on Fremont Street, so it will be really cool!” For more information on Blonde Day visit their website and like them on Facebook.