The Pretenders @ Highline Ballroom (more by Dese'Rae L. Stage)
The Pretenders

The Pretenders announced a tour through North American starting January 29 at the Palace Theatre in Albany, NY with the final show taking place on March 14 in Reno, Nevada. The tour is the band's first extensive headlining tour since 2003.

The Pretenders touring line up of Chrissie Hynde Martin Chambers, James Walbourne, Eric Heywood, and Nick Wilkinson is touring in support of the band's ninth album, Break Up The Concrete, which was released through Shangri-La Music in October of 2008. The album, which Rolling Stone lauded as, "The best Pretenders album in years," was recorded in 12 days in Los Angeles and offers an especially gritty and immediate and recalls the band's earlier days. The album has spawned the single "Boots Of Chinese Plastic" which reached #1 on the AAA radio chart.

Their last NYC show was at Highline Ballroom around the time of the release of the new album. Their next is January 30th at the bigger Roseland Ballroom. Tickets should be on sale soon. All dates and the video for their new single, below...

Pretenders - Boots Of Chinese Plastic

The Pretenders - 2009 Tour Dates
January 29 Albany, NY The Palace Theatre
January 30 New York, NY Roseland Ballroom
January 31 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata-Music Box
February 2 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
February 4 Boston, MA Orpheum Theatre
February 5 Jim Thorpe, PA Penn's Peak
February 6 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
February 7 Ledyard, CT Fox Theatre
February 9 Ann Arbor, MI Michigan Theater
February 10 Cleveland, OH House Of Blues
February 11 Indianapolis, IN Murat Theatre
February 13 Cincinnati, OH Taft Theatre
February 14 Akron, OH Akron Civic Ctr Theatre
February 15 Chicago, IL Riviera Theater
February 17 Milwaukee, WI Northern Lights Theatre
February 18 Milwaukee, WI Northern Lights Theatre
February 20 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
February 21 Kansas City, MO Ameristar Casino
February 22 Tulsa, OK Brady Theater
February 24 Denver, CO Paramount Theatre
February 25 Aspen, CO Belly Up Aspen
February 27 Dallas, TX House Of Blues
February 28 Houston, TX House Of Blues
March 1 Austin, TX Stubbs
March 4 Phoenix, AZ The Dodge Theater
March 5 San Diego, CA House Of Blues
March 6 Pala, CA Pala Casino-Cabaret Room
March 7 Las Vegas, NV House Of Blues
March 8 Anaheim, CA The Grove
March 10 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
March 13 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
March 14 Reno, NV Silver Legacy Casino