Posted in music | pictures on August 11, 2009

photos by Chris La Putt

Juliette Lewis
Juliette Lewis

"Friday night's show at the Chevrolet Theatre in Wallingford was not just an exercise in nostalgia as playing songs from "Concrete" was Hynde's main objective. Eight of the night's 20 songs were from the new disc and Hynde was far from worried about disappointing the fans that came just for the classic cuts.

"We're going to be throwing some new songs at you," she said early in the set. "I hope you like them; if not, tough." [CT Post]

The Pretenders, Cat Power and Juliette Lewis (she dropped "the Licks) are on tour. That review comes from Friday's CT show. Since then they played the Stone Pony Summerstage in NJ, and last night (8/10) they played an outdoor, meat-free show at Central Park Summerstage in hot and humid NYC. More pictures from that show, and the CT setlist, below....

Summerstage

Summerstage

Summerstage

Summerstage

Danny Clinch Photo Gallery

Danny Clinch's Photo Gallery

Danny Clinch's Photo Gallery

Juliette Lewis

Juliette Lewis

Juliette Lewis

Juliette Lewis

Juliette Lewis

Juliette Lewis

Juliette Lewis

Juliette Lewis

Juliette Lewis

Juliette Lewis

Juliette Lewis

Juliette Lewis

Juliette Lewis

Juliette Lewis

Juliette Lewis

Juliette Lewis

Juliette Lewis

Juliette Lewis

Juliette Lewis

Juliette Lewis

Juliette Lewis

Cat Power

Cat Power

Cat Power

Cat Power

Cat Power

Cat Power

Cat Power

Cat Power

Cat Power

Cat Power

Cat Power

Cat Power

The Pretenders

The Pretenders

The Pretenders

The Pretenders

The Pretenders

The Pretenders

The Pretenders

The Pretenders

The Pretenders

The Pretenders

The Pretenders

The Pretenders

The Pretenders

The Pretenders

The Pretenders

The Pretenders

The Pretenders

The Pretenders

The Pretenders

The Pretenders

The Pretenders

The Pretenders

The Pretenders

The Pretenders

The Pretenders

The Pretenders

The Pretenders


The Pretenders - August 7th in Wallingford, CT - setlist (via)
Break Up the Concrete
Message of Love
Love's a Mystery
Kid/The Nothing Maker/Rosalee
My City Was Gone
Angel of the Morning
Back on the Chain Gang
Almost Perfect
The Last Ride
on't Get Me Wrong
Thumbelina
Don't Cut Your Hair
Night in My Veins
Precious
Boots of Chinese Plastic
Encore:
I'll Stand By You
Brass in Pocket
Mystery Achievement

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Comments (39)

Meat is delicious

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2009 10:56 AM

didn't go to last night's show, but did see the gig @ roseland earlier this year. fab show. CH definitely brought it. she still looks and sounds great + the new material is quite good too.

love the "last ride" !

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2009 10:56 AM

noone rocks a Mehllet like Chrissy Hynde

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2009 10:59 AM

A new face in hell!

Posted by Regular reader | August 11, 2009 11:17 AM

pretenders were great.

Posted by lola | August 11, 2009 11:17 AM

Two words about Juliette Lewis's music career:

Why?

and

STOP!!!!!!!!


Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2009 11:20 AM

i have completely lost interest in cat power until a follow-up of original material to the greatest surfaces.

her appollo shows last round in nyc were immense snoozers.

Posted by beast | August 11, 2009 11:32 AM

Me likey Chrissie's hooker boots!

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2009 11:37 AM

@ 11:32 Agreed. I used to love Cat Power but this covers act is so tired.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2009 11:40 AM

Why bother calling the band the Pretenders? There is only one original member. Just call it the Chrissie Hynde band.

The Pretenders have never done much with Pete Farndon and James Honeyman-Scott.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2009 11:41 AM

JULIET ROCKS!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2009 11:45 AM

$65...uh, NO!

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2009 11:46 AM

I'd always heard like Chrissie didn't like 'meat'. i guess it's true

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2009 11:48 AM

@Anon11:41 - I hope you meant to say that "The Pretenders have never done much withOUT Pete Farndon and James Honeyman-Scott." because those two guys were great. Also, doesn't the current line-up still contain the original drummer? You can't tell from the drummerless photos above.

Posted by blackhat | August 11, 2009 11:55 AM

I got in for $10.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2009 12:09 PM

Pretty sure Martin Chambers is back in the band. While I agree that the Pretenders was at thier peak with Pete Farndon and James Honeyman-Scott, they did have three top ten hits without them.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2009 12:16 PM

Pete Farndon and James Honeyman-Scott died 3 years into the bands existence (not to mention 26 years ago).... so to even bring something like that up now seems a little silly..... and yes Martin Chambers is still the drummer.. Yes it is the Chrissie show but it always has been... Saw the Asbury show..they sounded great , her voice sounded exactly the same as it did when they started..


Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2009 12:37 PM

@Anon12:37 - I totally respect Chrissie Hynde but it's not silly to bring it up if you think the band's best work was on the first two albums with those two dearly departed members.

Posted by blackhat | August 11, 2009 12:42 PM

anyone have Cat Power's setlist? Did they play anything new? how long was her set?

was juliette lewis unbearable?

Posted by wembley | August 11, 2009 12:45 PM

omission of tattooed love boys = dammit

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2009 12:47 PM

Juliette Lewis was unbearable but so was Cat Power---snoozefest. Didn't recognize anything new from CP---just covers and "Metal Heart."

The Pretenders were amazing.

Posted by twb | August 11, 2009 12:51 PM

cat power - out of order: i don't blame you (snoozey version), woman left lonely, basically half of the jukebox album including metal heart, the hank williams one, not new york, also lived in bars, sea of love, and the first song off her last EP.

Posted by cj | August 11, 2009 12:53 PM


sure.... but I think its ultra purist to question Chrissie calling her band The Pretenders considering how long ago & early into things those two guys died...but I guess the internet wasn't around in 1985 when the comment would have been more relevant..... Not to mention a lot the biggest records and hits came post those guys so to say "they never did much" seems silly

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2009 12:54 PM

sea of love... nice.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2009 1:02 PM

"Not to mention a lot the biggest records and hits came post those guys so to say "they never did much" seems silly "

Britney Spears has tons of hits, so using your logic, she must be good.

So you rather listen to "I Stand By You" because it's a hit over "Mystery Achievement"? Let's face it, outside of those first two amazing albums, there is not much to the Pretenders.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2009 2:03 PM

...first three albums. I'd argue Learning To Crawl is more consistent than Pretenders II. Chain Gang, My City Was Gone, Middle Of The Road all sounded great last nite. But yeah, not much to the Pretenders after that.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2009 2:10 PM

Chan (Cat Power) needs to play guitar and or piano on a few songs.
The band thing gets stale.


Posted by Anon | August 11, 2009 2:44 PM

Danny Clinch is a badass

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2009 2:47 PM

2:10 is right -- no reason to exclude Learning to Crawl, which is a better album than Pretenders II. I'd add "2,000 Miles" to the above list of great songs.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2009 2:49 PM


>>Britney Spears has tons of hits, so using your logic, she must be good.


I didn't say good or bad did I ? ... That being said The Pretenders worst hit is still better than Britney's best...so stupid comparison
I was referring more to the idea that The Pretenders beyond the first two records is some sort of sham or vastly vastly inferior... also I tend to think even if those guys stayed alive the direction of the band still would have gone more commercial as it's just the nature of a major label band in the mid 80's with few hits under their belt..

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2009 3:37 PM

that's bullshit. "Ooops I did it again" is a good hit. You're just close minded.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2009 3:48 PM

Does anyone have the set list from the Stone Pony show?

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2009 4:03 PM

or the central park show?

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2009 4:10 PM

or the Paramount back in 1982?

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2009 4:22 PM

alice cooper is looking pretty young these days.

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2009 4:44 PM

^^^^ lmao

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2009 9:46 PM

Jimmy and Pete were great. I saw them at shows January 11 and 13, 1982, at the Palladium and the Ritz, respectively. But they CHOSE a lifestlye which led to their early deaths.

We all make decisions. Maybe not eating meat is a good one. But it would follow that one who wants to be good to one's self and to the planet, and to the environment would also NOT put drugs into their system, too.

The band regrouped quite shortly after the originals died. In fact, Jimmy had wanted to add Robbie McIntosh as a second guitarist anyhow.

While the focal point has always been Chrissie, the musicians behind her have ALWAYS been top notch: Malcolm Foster, Robbie, Johnny Marr, Adam Seymour, Andy Hobson and now Nick Wilkison and James Wellbourne. There was even the Pretenders' 'soul' phase, with three African American musicians, T. M Stevens, Blair Cunningham and Bernie Worrell contributing to "Get Close" in 1986. So there has always been a genunine continuity in terms of those who played with the Pretenders, and two of the originals are still in the band. That's not too shabby!

Posted by evan | August 11, 2009 11:31 PM

"two of the originals are still in the band. That's not too shabby! "

Still remains that the recorded output is just not as good. I Got You Babe!

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2009 11:43 PM

Maybe no one album in its entirety is as strong as Pretenders I and II, but there have been many, many songs, in the post Jimmy/Pete era, that are as good as the songs from I and II. Just my opinion, of course.

Posted by Evan | August 11, 2009 11:57 PM

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