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August 2, Irvine, CA - Irvine Meadows Amphitheater

by Jo

Wow, two longtime faves ('though the Pretenders are my ALL-TIME favorite) on the same bill. Woo hoo!

This was my 10th time seeing the band in concert, and boy, they're as rockin' as ever! Quite a few folks trickled in after the Pretenders had started (If they had checked the Pretenders Archives, they would have known about the early start times!) Pretty similar goings-on to the previous shows. They played for an hour and 15-20 minutes; it seemed way too short. Here's what I remember of the set list in no particular order:

Legalise Me (I really dig this new one!)
Message of Love
Talk of the Town
Night In My Veins
I'll Stand By You
Middle of the Road
My City Was Gone
Back on the Chain Gang
Kid
Brass in Pocket
Mystery Achievement
Don't Get Me Wrong
Tattooed Love Boys
Precious
Hymn to Her
Thin Line Between Love and Hate

I think that was it. "Precious" was really, really good. I mean REALLY good. Picked up the grey "Department of Music Ed." t-shirt. I'm going to both Universal Amphitheatre shows; hopefully they'll mix up the playlist a bit. I wanted to go to the Vegas show too, but work kinda got in the way.

What more is there to say about the Pretenders except...LOVE THEM!


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