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.
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