Chrissie Hynde, seen here with Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys in a screen grab from the video for ‘Holy Commotion,” returns to Red Bank with her 2016 edition of the Pretenders for a Thursday night concert.
Last time Chrissie Hynde trod the boards of Red Bank’s Count Basie Theatre, two years ago, the face, voice, heart and soul of the Pretenders offered up a showcase of her debut long-player Stockholm, chased by a lip-to-label spin through the mega-classic 1979 Pretenders LP, its fab 45s and deep-cut classics “Brass in Pocket,” “Kid,” “Stop Your Sobbing,” “Mystery Achievement” and “Precious”).
Bolstered by the accrued good-will generated by the album and road itinerary, the Hall of Fame rocker entered a Nashville studio earlier this year with Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach for some sessions intended to yield her sophomore solo release. But something surprising must have happened inside that soundproofed space, as “those driving guitars, ragged-but-righteous arrangements, tough-yet tender lyrics delivered by the most beautifully distinctive voice of a generation” (according to the press notes) suggested nothing less than that the Pretenders were back.
Chrissie Hynde and her band take it to the Basie boards on Sunday, for a recreation of the first PRETENDERS album and a full review of her new release, STOCKHOLM.
When she emerged — out of London, by way of Akron — as frontwoman and driving force of The Pretenders in 1979, Chrissie Hynde had already been something of a best-kept-secret player on the nascent Punk scene for several years. And by the time the band’s debut album was released to trans-Atlantic acclaim later that year, it was evident that — maybe more than anyone else — the American expat would fulfill the mission of the New Wave: to take back The Rock from ponderous album/arena bands, and make the world safe for smart, sweet, savvy singles once more.
When the Hall of Fame rocker rolls into Red Bank’s Count Basie this Sunday, November 2, she’ll be doing the elder-stateswoman thing of summoning past glories, in the process of moving forward with some of her freshest new music in years. Billed as the artist’s first-ever solo tour, it’s a full-band affair that finds Hynde performing a lip-to-label spin through that 1979 Pretenders LP; its fab 45s and deep-cut classics (“Brass in Pocket,” “Kid,” “Stop Your Sobbing,” “Mystery Achievement,” “Precious”) — in addition to a crash course in her new release, Stockholm.