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Gig Review : The Pretenders Limelight 1

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Review by Mark McGrogan

The Pretenders, one of rock’s most iconic bands, recently graced the stage of Belfast’s renowned Limelight venue as part of their highly anticipated “Relentless Tour.” Known for their distinctive sound, led by the charismatic frontwoman Chrissie Hynde, The Pretenders delivered a night to remember for their passionate fans in Northern Ireland’s vibrant capital.

With a legacy spanning over four decades, this legendary band proved that their live performances are as powerful and captivating as ever.

The Limelight venue, nestled in Belfast’s vibrant entertainment district, has been a hub for live music since its inception. Known for its intimate setting and exceptional acoustics, the venue provided the perfect backdrop for The Pretenders to connect with their fans in an up-close and personal manner. With its historic charm and energetic atmosphere, the Limelight was ideal for hosting a band renowned for its electrifying live shows.

A Relentless Performance: From the moment the lights dimmed and the crowd erupted in anticipation, The Pretenders took command of the stage with an energy that belied their years in the industry. Opening the set with the gritty guitar-driven anthem “Losing Sense” Chrissie Hynde’s unmistakable voice soared through the venue, instantly captivating the audience.

The band’s performance showcased their exceptional musicianship, with ‘Kris Sonne  thunderous drumming driving the rhythm, James Walbourne’s blistering guitar solos, and Dave Page grooving bass lines providing the foundation. Hynde, the heart and soul of The Pretenders, commanded the stage with her iconic voice, evoking both vulnerability and raw power with each note.

As the setlist unfolded, The Pretenders treated the audience to a perfect blend of classic hits and new material. Songs like “Don’t Get Me Wrong,” and “Back on the Chain Gang” had the crowd singing along with fervour. The band’s timeless sound resonated with fans of all ages, creating a unifying experience that transcended generations.

Hynde’s connection with the audience was undeniable, as she shared stories and anecdotes between songs, injecting humour and charm into the performance. Her banter added a personal touch, making the concert feel like an intimate gathering among friends rather than a typical stadium show.

Unforgettable Highlights: Among the many standout moments of the night was a powerful rendition of “Talk Of The Town”. As Hynde’s emotive vocals filled the venue, a palpable sense of unity swept through the audience, exemplifying the power of music to bring people together.

Another highlight was an electrifying version of D’ont Get Me Wrong” delivered with Hynde’s signature emotional intensity. The band’s tight-knit chemistry and collective talent were on full display during this emotionally charged performance.

The Pretenders’ relentless tour stop at Belfast’s Limelight venue was a testament to the band’s enduring legacy and unmatched stage presence. Chrissie Hynde’s magnetic charisma and the band’s tight musicality left the audience spellbound, proving that after more than four decades, The Pretenders continue to captivate and inspire.

As the final chords of their encore echoed through the venue, it was clear that The Pretenders had delivered an unforgettable night of rock ‘n’ roll. Their performance at the Limelight solidified their status as a live powerhouse, leaving the audience eagerly awaiting their return to the stage.

Whether you’re a lifelong fan or a newcomer to their music, experiencing The Pretenders live is an absolute must for anyone who appreciates rock music’s raw energy and timeless appeal.

With their Relentless Tour in full swing, The Pretenders are sure to leave their mark on music venues around the world, reminding us why they remain a force to be reckoned with in the ever-evolving landscape of rock ‘n’ roll.

Photography by Darren Mcveigh for MPM

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