When I first saw the Pretenders, both Chrissy Hynde and I were much younger. Chrissy has aged much better than I have.
This tour is supporting her new box set and covers a lot of the classics from the first albums, like Tattooed Love Boys and Kid. Playing to a packed house at the world famous Stubb's in Austin, Chrissy has lost none of the verve or punkiness of her youth. She blew through her extensive catalog and dusted off long-unheard gems for an appreciative crowd. The music has lost none of its luster after an eight-year hiatus.
A punk rock icon and "founding mother" (she taught Sid Vicious how to play, kind of), she has lost none of her ability to excite her audiences, although she might not be able to shock them anymore. She really appeared to be enjoying herslf onstage and this was pretty apparent as the night wore on. This was truly
a show for diehard Pretenders fans, and not an oldies show at all.