DVD Review: Chrissie Hynde still bristling with punk spunk
The Pretenders “Live in London” (E1 Entertainment)
That’s right, kids, the disc comes with a bonus DVD of the entire concert, captured on film by directors Pierre and Francois Lamoureux in PCM (post-code modulation, if that means anything to you) stereo and Dolby 5.1 surround audio in the relatively intimate 02 Shepherd’s Bush Empire Theatre, putting you up close and at an even level with Hynde’s intense, mascara-ringed eyes peering back at you from under those dark bangs as she rips through some of the best of the Pretenders’ songbook, from the Bo Diddley bash of 2008′s “Break Up the Concrete” all the way back to the spring-loaded, low-register twang of 1981′s “Message of Love” and the melancholy “Kid,” which she dedicated to original, late members Pete Farndon (bass) and the great James Honeyman-Scott (guitar).
“Fellas,” she says to the departed, “get the kettle on, we’re not far behind.” But at 58, she’s still lean and mean and bristling with punk chanteuse spunk. Hynde doesn’t appear to be going anywhere soon.
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