Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Pretenders Fan In Your Fam? Here's The Perfect Gift...

The Pretenders have announced their first headlining tour in five years, kicking off on January 29th in Albany, New York. The band, which is playing a few select holiday shows this month, will be promoting their latest album, Break Up The Concrete.

Chrissie Hynde says that the new album wasn't spurred on by any great artistic vision that she needed to get out to the band's fans: "Well, I guess I just had a few songs. It just seemed like the time was right. I'm not any kind of a deadline or anything. These things kind of fall into place when the time's right. You can't really plan them... or I certainly don't. I'd been doing a lot of touring and you can't keep playing the old songs all the time 'cause it's just boring. So it just seemed like the time had come."

  • The Pretenders tour dates:
    December 10 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia
    December 12 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
    December 13 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre
    January 29 - Albany, NY - Palace Theatre
    January 30 - New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom
    January 31 - Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa/Music Box
    February 2 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
    February 4 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
    February 5 - Jim Thorpe, PA - Penn's Peak
    February 6 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
    February 7 - Mashantucket, CT - Fox Theatre
    February 9 - Ann Arbor, MI - Michigan Theater
    February 10 - Cleveland, OH - House Of Blues
    February 11 - Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theatre
    February 13 - Cincinnati, OH - Taft Theatre
    February 14 - Akron, OH - Akron Civic Center
    February 15 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
    February 17, 18 - Milwaukee, WI - Northern Lights Theater
    February 20 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
    February 21 - Kansas City, MO - Ameristar Hotel & Casino
    February 22 - Tulsa, OK - Brady Theater
    February 24 - Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre
    February 25 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up Aspen
    February 27 - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues
    February 28 - Houston, TX - House Of Blues
    March 1 - Austin, TX - Stubb's Bar-B-Q / Waller Creek Amph.
    March 4 - Phoenix, AZ - Dodge Theatre
    March 5 - San Diego, CA - House Of Blues
    March 6 - Pala, CA - Pala Casino
    March 7 - Las Vegas, NV - House Of Blues
    March 8 - Anaheim, CA - Grove Of Anaheim
    March 10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
    March 13 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
    March 14 - Reno, NV - Silver Legacy Resort Casino
The Pretenders have just issued their first E.P. of Christmas music. The four-track collection features the band's own holiday standard, "2000 Miles," along with yuletide evergreens "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," "Blue Christmas," and "Blue Christmas Part 2."
Paul McCartney has ruled out a major world tour -- but says that he may do some select gigs as part of the Fireman. McCartney's latest Fireman collaboration with producer Youth called Electric Arguments is out now and receiving mostly positive reviews. McCartney was asked if he and Youth have any intentions of taking the show on the road. The former Beatle told BBC News, "At the moment we haven't got any plans. But we're kind of anticipating it. Me and Youth have said we'll see how it goes. If suddenly there's a big demand for it, I'd like to try it. It would be quite challenging."

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