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Clem Burke , Blondie, Empty Hearts and much more!

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Clem Burke is a world-renowned drummer, Grammy award winner, member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and most recently the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Music by the University of Gloucestershire for his groundbreaking involvement in the Clem Burke Drumming Project. In the mid-1970’s Clem answered an ad in the New York newspaper Village Voicewhere a band was seeking a ‘Freak energy’ rock drummer. The band in question was Blondie and fronted by the iconic lead singer Debbie Harry. The band played the fabled New York downtown circuit of CBGB’s, Max’s Kansas City and Mother’s, amassing a major following before recording their first album Blondie in 1976. Its release was was well received and the band toured in support of Television and then for Iggy Pop and David Bowie in 1977.During periods of inactivity with Blondie during the 1980s and 1990s, Clem played with a number of well respected artists and bands, including: Bob Dylan, Pete Townshend, Iggy Pop, The Ramones, Chequered Past, The Romantics, and Joan Jett. Over recent years Clem has been able to combine working with Blondie and other artists including Nancy Sinatra, Kathy Valentine, Miss Derringer, Slinky Vagabond, Magic Christian, and Hugh Cornwell of the Stranglers. In 2006, along with the other original members of Blondie, Clem was inducted into the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Between Blondie tours, Clem has been recording and touring with his other musical collaborations, the Split Squad and the Empty Hearts.  Both have albums out now and the Empty Hearts are on tour now.