December 16, 2008
I love Chrissie Hynde! But.....???
I've been a fan of The Pretenders since they debuted back in '79. She got my attention with "Stop Your Sobbing" and totally had me with "Brass in Pocket".
I love her because she is one of only a handful of females that I consider true rock and rollers. She's got that edginess about her that says she's not just some chick in front of a band that can sing and look good. She IS the band, the songs are HERS she's about the the MUSIC not about being a female that can sing and look sexy with a mic, or some dipsy gypsy in long skirts or some wanna-be hard ass in black leather. No, Chrissie is above and beyond all that just by being herself and being talented.
Sadly her band went through some hellish times losing two members within a year - both to drug overdose. But since she IS the band, she kept going and although I can't say I've ever loved anything quite as much as that first album, she still rocks.
I have the opportunity to see them at a SMALL VENUE (Indian Casino) in March. Can I let this pass me by? I don't know....
The only seats left are in the back, Section D, back rows, far left seats. I need to decide soon.
Trivia questions about The Pretenders/Chrissie:
Where was she born and raised?
What college did she go to and what was it famous for?
(Hint: she sings about these things...)
Who wrote Stop Your Sobbin?
(Hint: a guy she was dating at the time famous for his own band)
What are the names of the two original members that both died in June 82 and April 83?