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UnRated Magazine Review: Stubbs Barbeque - Austin, Texas - March 18, 2006
Band Concert Review
The Pretenders: Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenters Perform at Stubbs for South by Southwest Music Festival

The Pretenders: Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenters Perform at Stubbs for South by Southwest Music Festival

Stubbs Barbeque - Austin, Texas - March 18, 2006

By Dan Locke

What can be said about "The Pretenders" which has not been said before? They are one of the greatest rock bands to come out of England. Together after 25 years I was shocked to hear as I was writing this story that "The Pretenders" are to call it quits as told by FOX news.

Chrissie Hynde Calling It Quits?

Are The Pretenders over? After 26 years of rocking, "tough chick" lead singer Chrissie Hynde — whose trademark is black jeans, black T-shirt, no makeup — has pretty much said so.

The sobering announcement came at the end of the group's terrific set at Irving Plaza in New York City on Saturday night. Taking a final encore, Hynde, 54, thanked the audience and acknowledged her "archivists," devoted fans who were standing at the lip of the stage in a completely sold out show. "I'll do this for you since this is one of our last shows...ever," Hynde blurted out. It was not an April fool’s Joke. The audience kind of gasped. - Sounce Foxnews.com Is it true. Only Chrissie knows for sure.

Getting back to my story...It was a thrill for me to see The Pretenders at SXSW at Stubbs on March 18, 2006. It was one of the best shows I have ever seen. And that is hard to say after seeing over 35 years of live music.

The fans were thrilled to see a great show. And I have to tip my hat off to SXSW for getting them to play. The Pretenders are a band, that is known to play sold-out shows and they were playing at SXSW, at Stubbs of all places. I think one of the reasons they were at SXSW was to promote their new CD box coming out on Rhino Records called Pretenders: Pirate Radio This is their first-ever boxed set features over five hours of career-spanning music on four CDs (over 75 songs). Also includes a DVD (with 19 tracks) of never-before-released performances from 1979-1995. Packaging includes a specially commissioned poster by Clay S. Wilson.

The Pretenders performed for over 2 hours and gave it there all. Here is the set list from the show at Stubbs on March 18, 2006.

  • Harmonica intro Pack It Up
  • Kid
  • Hold a Candle to This
  • Never Do That
  • English Roses
  • Don't Get Me Wrong
  • Day After Day
  • 977
  • How Do I Miss You
  • Back on the Chain Gang
  • Porcelain
  • Cuban Slide

-- Encore --

  • The Wait
  • Precious
  • Night in my Veins
  • Tattooed Love Boys

-- Encore --

  • Talk of the Town
  • Mystery Achievement

Since this maybe be the last of their shows; try to go see them if you can. If not just enjoy the photos I have included with the story.

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