Sorry, Olympics visitors, but you will not be able to shout along to a live version of “Rip Her to Shreds” during your stay in Sochi.
Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry took to Twitter over the weekend to post the offer the group received from Red Rocks Festival Sochi, a free concert event scheduled for this Thursday at Sochi Medals Plaza. According to the document, Blondie would have been paid a five-figure fee for a 45 minute set, but Harry rejected the opportunity by scrawling, “PASS — HUMAN RIGHTS” over it.
Harry and her bandmates have joined ranks with the likes of Madonna, Elton John, and the myriad artists, who stood up at last week’s Amnesty International concert in Brooklyn to speak out against Russia’s institutional treatment of minorities, specifically those in the LGBT community.
Blondie was last seen ringing in the new year with Ryan Seacrest in Times Square. The 2014 Winter Olympics launched last week and will seemingly continue unabated until the end of time.