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