Seminal new wave icons, The Pretenders, are set to storm Newcastle City Hall on Saturday 30th September armed with an impressive artillery of smash hits.
Their autumn tour commences in light of their recent Glastonbury stint earlier in the summer, where they performed on The Other Stage, and last year’s release ‘Alone’, which Rolling Stone praised as being ‘Brass-knuckled rock ‘n’ roll’. The legacy of Christie Hynde and co struts subversively through the millennium, as they perform with more ferocity than ever before.
Formed in Hereford in 1978, The Pretenders kicked off their career with a blazing self-titled debut offering which in January 1980 topped the Billboard charts for four consecutive weeks.
Now a new wave classic, The Pretenders received critical acclaim for their versatile tracks, ranging from the suggestively sultry ‘Precious’ and vulnerabilities of ‘Private Life’, to the funk-driven popularity of ‘Brass In A Pocket’.
The pivotal ‘Learning To Crawl’ is an ode to band members James Honeyman-Scott and Pete Farndon who died of drug overdoses; lacing melancholy and reconstruction to produce a gritty album of triumph, as Hynde pushed aside her personal tragedies to continue her career.
Their most played track, the majestic ‘2000 Miles’, may be pigeonholed as a Christmas classic but Hynde’s ethereal vocals make it a stunning offering not just reserved for the calendar countdown.
Last year, they supported Fleetwood Mac frontman Stevie Nicks on her autumn tour and will certainly deliver the same brand of troubadour rock ‘n’ roll at Newcastle’s City Hall.
Being a Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee band, The Pretenders will indefinitely put on a memorable night with their blistering setlist, fan-favourites and unapologetic melodies.
Tickets, priced from £44.00, are available from theatreroyal.co.uk.