Live 1981

Poole Arts Centre – 24th July 1981

The Wait | The Adultress | Message of Love | Louie Louie | Talk of the Town | The English Roses | Birds of Paradise | Kid | Stop Your Sobbing | Private Life | Jealous Dogs | Day After Day | Tattooed Love Boys | Precious | Up the Neck | Brass in Pocket | Mystery Achievement

Chrissie Hynde – Vocals/Guitar | James Honeyman-Scott – Guitar | Pete Farndon – Bass Guitar | Martin Chambers – Drums

Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI – 18th August 1981


The Wait | The Adultress | Message of Love | Louie Louie | Talk of the Town | The English Roses | Birds of Paradise | Kid | Stop Your Sobbing | Private Life | Jealous Dogs | Day After Day | Bad Boys Get Spanked | Tattooed Love Boys | Precious | Up The Neck | Brass in Pocket | Mystery Achievement

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Chrissie Hynde – Vocals/Guitar | James Honeyman-Scott – Guitar | Pete Farndon – Bass Guitar | Martin Chambers – Drums

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Pretenders – Aragon Ballroom, Chicago – 22nd August 1981

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Warfield Theatre San Francisco – 29th August 1981

The Wait | The Adultress | Message Of Love | Louie Louie | Talk Of The Town | Birds Of Paradise | The English Roses | Private Life
 | Stop Your Sobbing | Kid | Day After Day | Up The Neck | Bad Boys Get Spanked | Tattooed Love Boys | Precious | Brass In Pocket | Mystery Achievement | What You Gonna Do About It

Chrissie Hynde – Vocals/Guitar | James Honeyman-Scott – Guitar | Pete Farndon – Bass Guitar | Martin Chambers – Drums

Santa Monica Civic, CA – 4th September 1981

The Wait | The Adultress | Message Of Love | Louie Louie | Talk Of The Town | Birds Of Paradise | The English Roses | Stop Your Sobbing | Private Life | Kid | Day After Day | Up The Neck | Bad Boys Get Spanked | Tattooed Love Boys* | Brass In Pocket | Higher And Higher

*Appears on a bootleg and not on Pretenders II 2CD + DVD release 2015.

Chrissie Hynde – Vocals/Guitar | James Honeyman-Scott – Guitar | Pete Farndon – Bass Guitar | Martin Chambers – Drums

Santa Monica Civic, CA – 4th September 1981

*Vinyl version*

The Wait | The Adultress | Message Of Love | Talk Of The Town | Stop Your Sobbing | Private Life | Kid | Up The Neck |  Brass In Pocket | Mystery Achievement

Taken directly from NBC Radio’s vinyl misses off some of the tracks but includes Mystery Achievement and Chrissie wishing Martin Happy Birthday before Up The Neck along with the audience sing Happy Birthday to him.

Chrissie Hynde – Vocals/Guitar | James Honeyman-Scott – Guitar | Pete Farndon – Bass Guitar | Martin Chambers – Drums

Perkins Palace, CA – 5th September 1981

Brass In Pocket | Mystery Achievement | Higher and Higher

Now we have three songs. “We wanna bring on a friend of ours….he’s a bit more successful than we are and a lot richer than we are and if we had his money, we’d have a band as big as he’s got….’cause were very poor….Bruce Springsteen….” 

Chrissie Hynde – Vocals/Guitar | James Honeyman-Scott – Guitar | Pete Farndon – Bass Guitar | Martin Chambers – Drums | Bruce Springsteen – Vocals

Dominion Theatre, London – 16th December 1981

Part I

Message of Love | Louie Louie | The Wait | Stop Your Sobbing  | Kid | Up The Neck | Brass in Pocket | Mystery Achievement

Part II 

The Wait | The Adultress | The English Roses | Private Life | I Go To Sleep | Day After Day | Bad Boys Get Spanked | Precious

Part I is from an FM Broadcast, Part II is from a soundboard recording and includes the tracks missing from Part I with the exception of The Wait which appears on both. 

Chrissie Hynde – Vocals/Guitar | James Honeyman-Scott – Guitar | Pete Farndon – Bass Guitar | Martin Chambers – Drums

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Pretenders Dominion Theatre December 1981
Nogent sur Marne Pavillon Baltard, Paris – 18th December 1981


The Wait | The Adultress | Message Of Love | Louie Louie | Talk Of The Town | The English Roses | Stop Your Sobbing | Kid | Private Life | I Go To Sleep | Day After Day | Bad Boys Get Spanked | Up The Neck | Precious | Brass n Pocket | Mystery Achievement | Wild Thing / Whatcha Gonna Do About It

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Chrissie Hynde – Vocals/Guitar | James Honeyman-Scott – Guitar | Pete Farndon – Bass Guitar | Martin Chambers – Drums