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Ben
post Nov 25 2010, 05:32 PM
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Blondie and Chrissie Hynde & the Pretenders

80s icons Blondie and Chrissie Hynde & the Pretenders have come together for a spectacular concert at Kings Park in Perth to open their Australian tour.


6,000 people packed the park for the appearance at A Day on the Green and 6,000 more returned the following night for two dazzling performances by band sstill at thee top of their game.

Chrissie Hynde opened the show with musically perfect vocals, belting out favourites including Back on the Chain Gang and Don't Get Me Wrong. She dedicated Back on the Chain Gang to "all the Dads" - a reminder of the hard work of parents.


Still in her 50s, Chrissie Hynde moved beautifully and looked in fantastic shape in her trademark jeans and boots. The confirmed vegetarian looked slim and flexible as she performed high kicks and energetic guitar work.


The happy crowd relished the perfect Perth night in the open air as Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders played more favorites including Middle of the Road. They finished with the Pretenders' Christmas song Chrissie told the crows "we don't get to play that often."

It was a case of third time lucky for Chrissie Hynde in Perth. A sore throat prevented her performing at the Moonlight Festival a few years back and she had to leave the stage quickly on their most recent Perth visit because of lightning threatening to strike the stage. Promoter Brad Mellen recalls that in true Pretenders style, they returned on that occasion to finish the show despite the weather.

When Blondie hit the stage, it was spectacular. She strutted on stage engaging the audience immediately with "Hello Perth, this is Blondie calling" before launching into the well-known Call Me.

The sparkling dark glasses and the black outfit with white tutu-esque skirt made her look every bit the star as she engaged the crowd and oozed appeal. The crowd weree quickly up dancing as she hit every high note singing favourites including The Tide is High and Atomic.

Blondie's encore included the song everyone ahd been waiting for, Heart of Glass. If you closed your eyes you wouldn't have picked the difference between her live performance under the stars and her recordings.

Promoter Brad Mellen and business partner Shane Walsh were thrilled with the performance of both star bands in Perth at the sold out shows, particularly since Blondie had just flown into Australia from New York.

Mellen Events and Roundhouse Entertainment have attracted many top bands this summer to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of A Day on the Green, including Crowded House, Bryan Ferry and Roxy Music, Joe Cocker and INXS.

Roundhouse owner Mike Newton displayed his hands-on approach by an entertaining on-stage appearance getting the crowd in the mood before the stars appeared on stage. That's entertainment.


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Ben, Skype "Perth-", Western Australia
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