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Thursday, November 6, 2014

Review: Chrissie Hynde at The Beacon Theatre NYC

Even if you had no idea who Chrissie Hynde is, when she took to the stage at New York's Beacon Theatre last night, you would realize you were experiencing a first-rate rock star by her presence alone, not to mention her passion and talent when it came to the music.

Her 2014 solo album, Stockholm, is one of my favorites this year.
Much of this concert included live versions of the songs from Stockholm and it was a joy to hear.

Ms Hynde is best known for fronting The Pretenders, the band she's been in since its inception. Coming out of the '70s punk era, The Pretenders have always had their own distinct style of rock'n'roll, and Chrissie paid homage by singing some of that group's classics: "Kid," "Back on the Chain Gang," "Talk of the Town" and "Don't Get Me Wrong." Mostly, though, she was there to promote her new album, backed by her band.

Stockholm's Phil Spector-influenced  production of  "You or No One" was nicely brought to us live, as were the night's renditions of the album's single, the sardonic "Dark Sunglasses," "Like in the Movies" and "House of Cards."

Chrissie Hynde, like Debbie Harry (who came out of the same era), is one of our coolest current rock icons, and it was nirvana in New York at night to see her perform on her first-ever solo tour.

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