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Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders: A Relentless Night of Rock at The Atlantis

by Shannon Flack September 2, 2023

Chrissie Hynde at The Atlantis in Washington, DC (Shannon Flack)

The Pretenders, led by the iconic frontwoman Chrissie Hynde, delivered a rare and unforgettable intimate performance at The Atlantis in Washington, D.C. on the night of August 31, 2023. This sold-out event was a part of their highly anticipated tour, drawing in a dedicated fanbase that was following the band from stop to stop. The level of excitement was palpable, with some fans even lining up as early as 11 am to secure their spot in the venue.

The night began with a bang as The Pretenders opened their set with "Losing My Sense of Taste," a track that set the tone for what was to come. The tour was a celebration of their upcoming album, "Relentless," and from the very first note, it was evident that this was going to be a show to remember.

Chrissie Hynde, the indomitable force at the helm of the band, proved once again why she is considered one of rock's greatest frontwomen. Her gritty and distinctive voice sounded as amazing as ever, carrying the weight of decades of rock and roll history. Her stage presence was magnetic, commanding the attention of everyone in the room from the moment she stepped onto the stage.

What truly made this night special was the undeniable connection between the band and their audience. The crowd was electric, brimming with energy and enthusiasm, and it was clear that many of them were long-time fans who knew every word to every song. Throughout the performance, the audience sang along fervently, creating a unique and magical atmosphere in the intimate setting of The Atlantis.

The Crowd at The Atlantis watching The Pretenders (Shannon Flack)

The setlist was a perfect blend of classic Pretenders hits and tracks from their latest album, "Relentless." Chrissie's vocals were complemented by the impeccable musicianship of the band, creating a sound that was both nostalgic and fresh. The performance was a testament to the enduring quality of The Pretenders' music, as they effortlessly bridged the gap between their iconic past and their exciting present.

As the night came to a close, it was clear that The Pretenders had delivered a show for the ages. The intimate setting of The Atlantis allowed fans to experience the band's music in a way that felt personal and transcendent. Chrissie Hynde's voice, still as remarkable as ever, served as a reminder of the enduring power of rock and roll. This performance was a testament to the band's legacy and their continued ability to captivate audiences with their music. For those fortunate enough to be in attendance, it was a night they would not soon forget. The Pretenders had once again proven why they are a force to be reckoned with in the world of rock music.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

September 3, 2023 - Toronto, Canada @ Rogers Centre+

September 5, 2023 - Detroit, MI @ Shelter

September 7, 2023 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry

September 9, 2023 - St. Louis, MO @ Busch Stadium+

September 17, 2023 - Leicester, UK @ BBC Radio in The Park

September 19, 2023 - Paris, France @ Maroquinerie

September 20, 2023 - Paris, France @ Maroquinerie

September 21, 2023 - Utrecht, Netherlands @ Tivoli Vredenburg Ronda

September 23, 2023 - Hamburg, Germany @ Reeperbahn Festival, Grosse Freiheit 36

September 25, 2023 - Berlin, Germany @ Columbia Theatre

October 1, 2023 - Dana Point, CA @ Ohana Festival

October 2, 2023 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent Theater

October 4, 2023 - Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy and Harriet's

October 6, 2023 - San Francisco, CA @ Bibmo's 365 Club

+ - Special Guest of Guns n Roses

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Setlist Information:

Losing My Sense of Taste

A Love

Turf Accountant Daddy

The Adultress

Downtown (Akron)

The Buzz

Domestic Silence

Time the Avenger


Boots of Chinese Plastic

Don't Cut Your Hair

Gotta Wait

You Can’t Hurt a Fool



Let the Sun Come In

Junkie Walk


Stop Your Sobbing (The Kinks cover)


Tattooed Love Boys


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