THE STANDARD: Back in 1979, when your worldwide breakthrough album ‘We Are Family’ was released, could you have anticipated you would still perform those songs 40 years later, on the last night of 2019, on top of New York?
DEBBIE SLEDGE: Never in our wildest dreams! We are all still amazed and in awe! What a journey, it has taken us from the studios of New York all over the world and back to the top of the Big Apple!
As young women in the late 70’s and early 80’s, what were your expectations about the future?
We were wide-eyed and excited. And so happy to be a part of the music scene doing what we love doing. We had no idea what to expect … We were so naive! [Laughs]
Before 1979 and the release of ‘We Are Family’, you had a few hits through the 1970’s, including "Love Don’t Go Through No Changes On Me" which was a big success in Japan. You were flown to Tokyo to perform there. Was it a foretaste of what was coming up for Sister Sledge?
That first trip to Japan was indeed a surprising adventure. We had no idea that we had such loving and excited supporters in Tokyo! We were actually met on the runway with smiles, banners, and flowers and cheers. Also many cameras! Anyone seeing those photos can see that the biggest surprise was on me...I still had my hair in rollers! [Laughs] This was the beginning of Lost In Music, “joining a band" to play in "front of crazy fans”. And we love every minute to this day.