It was an emotional moment for me when Pretenders played in Singapore (finally) during the F1 weekend. I can still vividly remember purchasing the first Pretenders LP way back when from a record store in Far East Plaza (one of the few buildings still remaining from my tweens) and the band has always been one of my favourites ever since.
Of course, Pretenders is essentially Chrissie Hynde, the original rocker chick and Hynde‘s influence is even more evident in 2012, where women in rock is less of an issue. It was pretty unique back in the late 70s believe me. And Hynde despite being 61 (!), peeled back the years, hitting all the notes and making all the right moves and sexy as hell. Thirty years on, the lady was still special.
Apart from a couple of newer tracks, Pretenders rolled out the greatest hits to the appreciation of the crowd (whom Hynde jested looked old enough to remember them!) – “Message of Love”, “Back on the Chain Gang”, “Talk of the Town”, “Brass in Pocket”, “Stop Your Sobbing”, “Kid”, “Middle of the Road” and so on.
I must confessed I teared up for “Back on the Chain Gang” which Hynde dedicated to her father (and all the fathers) – together with “Talk of the Town” – it was a moving moment in time. A truly unforgettable concert.
Thanks to Chris Toh/TODAY for making this review possible.