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Pretenders Day After Day

March 16, 1982 - Melbourne, Australia - Victoria Palais Theatre

Young Homebuyers open the show.


The Pretenders
Melbourne
by James Manning


There was no absence of malice when the local press wrote about the recent Pretenders' Australian tour. This country has a bad history of mis-treating visiting artists. Whether if be the likes of Frank Sinatra, Joe Cocker, or Ms. Hynde.

Chrissie took the stage at her Melbourne concert and looked defiantly at her fans and asked why they had bothered to come. There were several more jibes throughout the evening. At one stage she pointed out that Siouxsie and the Banshees were on TV in a special that night and that we would have been better off staying home to watch it!

But as any fan knows, a performer loves to taunt her audience.

Despite the trivial slagging match the band's music never suffered. The Pretenders are one hell of a band live. The Melbourne show was virtually a greatest hits evening. Covering all the songs from both albums. From 'Brass In Pocket' to 'Pack It Up', 'Precious', 'Cuban Slide' - you name it, they played it.

Chrissie was as dominant and aggressive as expected and was always in total control. To see her standing alone under a spotlight, holding the mike at 45 degrees and belting out 'Wild Thing' was worth the price of admission.

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