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Pretenders to Break Up the Concrete on '09 tour

The Pretenders are getting set to hit the road early next year to begin their first big tour since 2003. Doubly fortunate for fans is the fact that the band is touring on the heels of an excellent new album, Break Up the Concrete. While Chrissie Hynde and stalwart drummer Martin Chambers (whose sideburns should have their own place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame) represent the founding contingent of the touring band, the rest of the ensemble consists of players who took part in the Concrete sessions. Guitarist James Walbourne previously played with the Pernice Brothers, while pedal steel man Eric Heywood -- who lends the album a distinct twang -- has worked with everyone from Son Volt to Alejandro Escovedo, and bass player Nick Wilkinson has been a Pretender since 2006. The band will be bringing a mix of Pretenders classics and brand new tunes coast to coast from January through March.


Tour dates:


January 29 Albany, NY The Palace Theatre
January 30 New York, NY Roseland Ballroom
January 31 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata-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 Ledyard, 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 Ctr Theatre
February 15 Chicago, IL Riviera Theater
February 17 Milwaukee, WI Northern Lights Theatre
February 18 Milwaukee, WI Northern Lights Theatre
February 20 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
February 21 Kansas City, MO Ameristar 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 Stubbs
March 4 Phoenix, AZ The Dodge Theater
March 5 San Diego, CA House Of Blues
March 6 Pala, CA Pala Casino-Cabaret Room
March 7 Las Vegas, NV House Of Blues
March 8 Anaheim, CA The Grove
March 10 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
March 13 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore

March 14 Reno, NV Silver Legacy Casino 


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