Chrissie Hynde Went To Work At Arroyo Seco Weekend With The Pretenders Review+Photos: Pretenders @ Arroyo Seco Weekend 6/23/18
“… The Pretenders bridged the gap between punk and pop in the late 70s and have amassed a timeless repertoire of music that stands the test of time. Like their song catalog, the band’s front-woman, Chrissie Hynde, does as well.
Wow. Ms. Hynde was just as vivacious, spritely and sexy as I remember her from those MTV music videos from back in the day. And her voice was still as powerful and sensual as those recordings I still have on cassette.
“Hmm … What Am I going to do today,” Chrissie smiled as she addressed the audience before she and her band dove in a set of Pretenders’ classics, old and new. She wore a t-shirt that had on the front “Don’t pet me, I’m Working”. And that’s exactly what she did. In modern slang, she werked.
From more recent offerings like “Alone” and “Gotta Wait” (from their most recent album Alone) to their classics “I’ll Stand By You” and “Don’t Get Me Wrong””, it was a set that appealed to both long time fans and those who only have a top-40 knowledge of the band.
Throughout the set, she dedicated various songs to different people. She dedicated “Down The Wrong Way” to Neil Young, who played guitar on the album from which the song comes from, and who would grace the stage later in the evening. She dedicated “Back On The Chain Gang” to “your mother”, “Let’s Get Lost” to Chet Baker and “Thumbelina” to Lukas and Micah Nelson (Willie Nelson’s sons who were playing with Neil as part of Promise of the Real).
Towards the end of her set, she introduced her band mates before signing off with, “and I’m Chrissy, I’m from Akron,” and diving into a rocking “Middle of the Road.” Akron should be proud …”