Tuesday, 30 January 2007

A date with The Pretenders

92.5kg (what a joke!)

Just home from an evening at the State Theatre with The Church and The Pretenders, the State is such an intimate venue and our seats were brilliant, seven rows from the front and smack bang in the centre. What a fantastic evening out. The Church were surprisingly rocky, I can’t remember The Church being so hard. The Pretenders lived up to all my expectations. Both bands were very tight but the brilliance of The Pretenders shone through. The two newer members of the Pretenders, Adam Seymour, Guitar and Nick Wilkinson, Bass very good and very young, really carved things up while Chrissie Hynde proved beyond any doubt that She is the singer’s singer while adding lots of rhythm and proving to be very handy on the guitar, Chrissie is the quintessential rock chic who clearly loves entertaining. Martin Chambers bashed the skins and played to the crowd in a Wallabies jersey then later revealed his true colours, an English world cup rugby jersey, which attracted a chorus of boos from the aging congregation. So many great songs, such a short time to enjoy them in. No grand show just tight, well played rock in a classic venue.

On Sunday I ran with the City Tatts Harriers and managed to keep up with the fast group. Must say that it was bad training. They’d belt off then stop and talk then race off again.

Monday was easy, and today was hills with the team from sweat. Managed to knock out 17km today but felt weak and achy. Hope I’m not getting a cold. The Cradle pack is packed just got to run it now.

Off to bed with all those Pretenders tunes swimming around in my head. Oh another thing, Chrissie suggested that the Divynals were reforming and the Pretenders were considering some dates in Australia in 18 months or so.. Imagine that, two Chrissies on stage together. You heard it here first.


At 31 January 2007 at 6:14 am, Blogger Mat said...

Jealous. Like the Pretenders, love The Church!

Hopefully the two new younger members of the Pretenders don't begin dying off due to chemical problems like some of the original band members.

Good work for keeping up with the fast group and sticking with the hard 17k despite!

At 31 January 2007 at 8:44 pm, Blogger undercover brother said...

c u friday at cradle big fella!

At 20 February 2007 at 11:25 am, Blogger An Aussie running across France said...

Brendan, saw The Pretenders at the "Prince of Wales" in St Kilda on the 24th, brilliant show, was lucky enough to cram into the front row (straight in front of the guitarist). Chrissie is still as good as ever and i'd reckon that would make my top 10 gigs ever.
Certainly would be great if they made it back down here to play with the Divinyls.


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