July 18, 2015 – 5:12 pm

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New York 1994 [no label, 2CD]

Live at The Academy Of Music, New York City, New York; May 26, 1994. Very good soundboard.

Just sit back and enjoy. The Pretenders had released Last Of The Independents on May 10, 1994 (the group’s sixth album). The album marked the official return of drummer Martin Chambers, who “had been fired by Hynde eight years prior”.

Thanks to lilpanda for sharing the show at Dime.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Downtown 2:56 (4.9MB)
Track 102. Message of Love 3:48 (6.4MB)
Track 103. Talk of the Town 3:29 (5.8MB)
Track 104. Hollywood Perfume 4:18 (7.2MB)
Track 105. Money Talk 4:31 (7.6MB)
Track 106. I Go To Sleep 3:11 (5.4MB)
Track 107. Don’t Get Me Wrong 4:01 (6.8MB)
Track 108. My City Was Gone 5:43 (9.6MB)
Track 109. Bold As Love 4:17 (7.2MB)
Track 110. 977 4:23 (7.4MB)
Track 111. The Phone Call 2:47 (4.7MB)
Track 112. Bad Boys Get Spanked 4:39 (7.8MB)
48 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Night in My Veins 4:47 (8.0MB)
Track 202. Love Colours 5:11 (8.7MB)
Track 203. Kid 3:43 (6.3MB)
Track 204. Middle of the Road 4:52 (8.2MB)
Track 205. Band Intros/Mystery Achievement 6:11 (10.4MB)
Track 206. I’ll Stand By You 4:06 (6.9MB)
Track 207. Back on the Chain Gang 4:24 (7.4MB)
Track 208. Stop Thy Sobbing 2:44 (4.6MB)
Track 209. Precious 4:10 (7.0MB)
Track 210. Brass 2:57 (5.0MB)
44 mins

Chrissie Hynde - guitar, vocals
Adam Seymour - guitar
Martin Chambers - drums
Andy Hobson - bass

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  1. 17 Responses to “THE PRETENDERS - NEW YORK 1994”

  2. Thank you Big-O! At their best with their first line-up but Chrissie kept them rockin’ and relevant (mostly) even with a rotating cast of backing players. I look forward to listening to this.

    By California Jim on Jul 18, 2015

  3. i noticed 1994 was a very good year for the band,their
    performance at the Glastonbury Festival is a must to have!
    thank you so much :)

    By easy on Jul 18, 2015

  4. Pretenders @ their prime!

    By Bob Cat Al on Jul 19, 2015

  5. if this concert happened.. it took place at irving plaza around the corner from the palladium. the academy of music stopped being called the academy of music in 1976 and became the palladium that year. hot tuna was the first band to play there when it became the palladium. then it never reverted to the old name til it was demolished and became student housing. on the 24th however the band played irving plaza and the set list that nite is nearly identical to this one. it is possible they sold out and added a 2nd show. it is not possible that the pretenders played the palladium in 94. it is also not possible that they played a the academy of music in ny in 94 .. 18 yrs after it ceased to exist.

    By darth on Jul 19, 2015

  6. Darth is correct: The concert was at Irving Plaza. It took place May 24, however, not May 26.

    There’s a photo from the show here:

    And a review from The Times is here:

    Finally, the lineup also should include Zeb Jameson on keys (as noted in the review and, for that matter, as Chrissie announces during the band intros).

    Nice sounding show, Big O. Thanks!

    By SpaceGear on Jul 19, 2015

  7. however i did make a mistake about the first palladium show. it was the band on 9-18-76. 2 months prior to hot tuna playing there. i saw both shows but forgot that the band christened the venue with its new name. dunno why that totally escaped me.
    as for the set list above.. there were slight order differences in this one and on etc so i assumed that there may have been a 2nd show and that they changed the set slightly and that it might have been another show. it seemed odd that theyd go to another city and come back but i didnt wanna rule that out. i also thought the venue and date was altered to perhaps confuse people so maybe the source didnt get into trouble? i had some tapes that did that in my audio / video tape days intentionally for that purpose.

    By darth on Jul 20, 2015

  8. Great! Thank you, BigO! But one mistake in setlist: name of last song (track 210) is “Brass In Pocket”, not “Brass”…

    By Josef (Czech republic) on Jul 20, 2015

  9. the above two postings i did not make.

    By darth on Jul 21, 2015

  10. too bad yoda darth they were your best postings in years! lmfao!!

    By barth on Jul 21, 2015

  11. thats not my posting. use your own name.

    By darth on Jul 21, 2015

  12. OK, I think I (finally) have this figured out …

    The show posted here is NOT the Irving Plaza show from 5-24-1994. According to the NY Times review (link in my earlier post), “Stop Your Sobbing” was not performed that night, yet it’s included here.

    During the show posted here, Chrissie introduces “Bold As Love” by saying “we did save something for you here at The Academy. I know we already played New York, but for you our world premiere of this next song.”

    They’re not playing at the Academy of Music, though, for — as Darth/not Darth notes — that venue was long gone. No, this is a gig at The Academy, a whole different venue at 234 West 43rd Street, and it took place May 26, 1994.

    By SpaceGear on Jul 21, 2015

  13. good digging SpaceGear. Cheers.

    By Dave on Jul 22, 2015

  14. so they did do a 2nd show because they sold out the irving plaza show as i suggested. the variation in the set list was obvious. i did check that. i also noted that setlist didnt have a mention of them returning to ny on the 26th or for that matter any set lists listed for the shows around that 24th date other than the irving plaza date. oddly enough i think this was brdcst so one would think this show should have been posted there. i dont recall the academy in 94/95. and i left ny in late 95. 234 west would probably put it between bway and 8th ave. if not even west of 8th. people who had been there would of course know.
    i appreciate your searching and info on this. i changed the info on this twice. lol.
    it sure helps that they varied their set huh? a band not known for doing that from show to show saved the day for us anal info people because of the one time they did it. ha!

    By darth on Jul 22, 2015

  15. Was lucky enough to snag tix for the Irving Plaza show. Drove in from the Hamptons and just got there in time. Plastered against the arches to the left of the stage cuz it was Packed! Thanks for this posting, as it brings back memories of a special night with my wonderful wife.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Aug 6, 2015

  16. Can’t believe this was posted since i last visited. i need to stop working occasionally…

    By tony on Sep 6, 2015

  17. This show did take place at a club called Academy that was in existence for two minutes on West 43rd St. I was there. It’s across from the old NY Times bldg and was demolished. The show was completely amazing. I just stumbled into this website. It was NOT Irving Plaza, btw. This was not associated with the Academy of Music on 14th St. that I grew up with and which became the Palladium. FYI.

    By rogerfriedman on Feb 28, 2021

  18. Fascinating!

    By Corey M on Mar 1, 2021

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