Blondie: Clem Burke

Clem's Biography

Email Clem directly at clemburke at googlemail dot com



Clem Burke & La Vita Nuova Rained Out

Clem's outdoor gig with "La Vita Nuova" was cancelled due to bad weather. We'll post the new date when the gig is rescheduled.

The Rock & Roll Experience

Ever wanted to jam with Clem Burke? Now's your chance! Check out "The Rock & Roll Experience" - a unique event where you travel to Hawaii to play in a rock band with Clem and members of the Beach Boys, David Bowie's band, the Sex Pistols, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, MC5, Devo and more!

Check out all the details at

Buckley Rocks!

Clem Burke will be paying a special benefit concet with Duff McKagan and Gilby Clarke from Guns & Roses on Friday, May 8th, 2009. The show is in Sherman Oaks, California at the "Rocking" Roy E. Disney Family Pavillion at the Buckley School. Click the flyer for more details. For ticket information, contact Arlene Wszalek at

Clem Burke & Frank Infante - LA Show

Clem will play a show with (ex-Blondie) Frank Infante on April 11, 2009 at 8 PM at Art In Time, 7775 Beverly Blvd, in Los Angeles, California. Check out Clem's MySpace at

Computer games may fight obesity

"Blondie drummer Clem Burke is teaming up with British researchers to investigate the potential health benefits of playing drumming-based interactive computer games." Full story here:

Clem Burke And Magic Christian On Tour In January

Check out the new January 2009 dates at Magic Christian's MySpace page.

University of Gloucestershire: Blondie Drummer Launches New Research Project

"A unique dedicated drumming laboratory will be built at the University of Gloucestershire’s Oxstalls campus and over the coming months it is envisaged that other professional drummers will come forward to undertake physiological profiling.

Via the Clem Burke Drumming Project, academics from the Department of Health, Sport and Social Care also aim to join forces with the University’s popular music degree course to develop community outreach programmes targeting overweight and disengaged youngsters.

Dr Steve Draper said: 'This is the first facility of its kind in the world and we are extremely excited about the potential here. It is a unique collaboration between science and arts.'"

BBC Sport: As fit as a footballer?

Radio 5 Live speaks to Dr Steve Draper and Blondie's Clem Burke after a study found that the drummer's fitness rivalled that of a Premiership footballer.

This Is Gloucestershire : Blondie's Clem Burke comes to Uni to promote groundbreaking experiment - with video

"Clem, 52, arrived at the Oxstalls campus, in Cheltenham, hours after playing a gig at Suffolk's Latitude Festival. He said he felt a lot fitter now than when he first picked up the sticks, and he has learned a lot about himself during the programme. 'I'm better at it now and a lot fitter,' he said. 'This experiment has opened up to me how my body is working. I had an initial interest in physical fitness which was why I became involved in the first place. The whole thing has been great,' he said."

Telegraph: Drumming 'as tough as a football match'

"A study of Clem Burke, the drummer in Blondie, found that drumming for 90 minutes saw his heart rate rise to the level reached by the average top-flight footballer, and for the same period of time. Burke's body was put under such stress during his gig that his heart averaged between 140 and 150 beats per minute, even reaching as high as 190. He also burned up to 600 calories per hour during the scientists' trials."

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