The Pretenders Newcastle City Hall 17th January 1984

The Pretenders Newcastle City Hall 17th January 1984
pretendersprog1984The Pretenders regrouped in 1983 with original members Chrissie Hynde (guitar and vocals), and Martin Chambers (drums). They were soon back in the UK charts with “Back on the Chain Gang” and “2000 miles”. By the time I saw them in concert at Newcastle Hynde and Chambers had been joined by Malcolm Foster (bass) and Robbie McIntosh (guitar). The line-up was professional, and the concert good, but I felt some of the rawness of the original band was lacking. However, Chrissie Hynde remains an engaging performer to this day. I last saw the Pretenders when they supported Rod Stewart at St James Park Newcastle a few years ago.
From an article by Andy Schwartz in New York Rocker (June 1980): “Seeing [The Pretenders] live brings home just how new they are to all of this. Their entire stage repertoire can’t encompass more than twenty numbers, and even Hynde, already a potent presence and the obvious center of attraction, hasn’t yet taken full command of the stage. pretenderstix1984She’s still awed by the roar of the crowd, still slightly amazed to find herself in the spotlight in place of her teenage idols: Lennon, Townshend, Ray Davies.”
A Pretenders setlist from 1984: The Wait; Message of Love; The Adultress; Time the Avenger; My City Was Gone; Show Me; Talk of the Town; Birds of Paradise; Thin Line Between Love and Hate; Thumbelina; Back on the Chain Gang; I Hurt You; Pack It Up; Bad Boys Get Spanked; Mystery Achievement; Middle of the Road; Up the Neck; Precious. Encore: Brass in Pocket;Tattooed Love Boys

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