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LIve: Chrissie Hynde @ Koko

LIve: Chrissie Hynde @ Koko

Chrissie Hynde at Koko in London on 16 December 2014. (Imelda Michalczyk)
Chrissie Hynde takes to the stage of London’s Koko to bring us a pre-Christmas blast of old hits and new songs, from her first solo album, Stockholm.

Strikingly, she has retained the look, demeanor and attitude that has characterised her position at the helm of the The Pretenders since the late 1970s.

Chrissie Hynde at Koko in London on 16 December 2014. (Imelda Michalczyk)

Chrissie Hynde at Koko in London on 16 December 2014. (Imelda Michalczyk)

But more striking still is the distinctive and recognisable voice that rings out on tracks including Kid, Don’t Get Me Wrong and Talk Of The Town.

There’s a fair number of new tracks rolled out tonight, such as Sweet Nuthin’, Dark Sunglasses and You Or No One – the latter of which effortlessly stands out, both on the new record and live.

Chrissie Hynde at Koko in London on 16 December 2014. (Imelda Michalczyk)

However, it’s the old songs that really shine, including the haunting My City Was Gone and the enthralling Back On The Chain Gang.

She banters with the crowd between songs and gives a shout out to Vive Le Rock magazine, saying she turned down being on the cover of Vogue, Elle and Harpers & Queen, in order to feature on the front of this UK rock magazine instead. I’m not sure we need her to justify her rock and roll credibility at this stage in the game, but it’s still a nice touch.

Chrissie Hynde at Koko in London on 16 December 2014. (Imelda Michalczyk)

Chrissie Hynde at Koko in London on 16 December 2014. (Imelda Michalczyk)

Hynde returns for not one but two encores and gives in to the Christmas vibe by ending the night with the beautiful snow shower that is 2,000 Miles.

Chrissie Hynde @ Koko. London.  16 December 2014.
Words and photographs by Imelda Michalczyk. www.rebeladelica.com

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Imelda

I'm a photographer and writer with a passion for live music. I've been dancing wildly at gigs for as long as I can remember and since the beginning of 2008 I've been taking photographs and writing about gigs, too. My photographs have been featured in a diverse range of places – I started out shooting for punk fanzines and local newspapers and then had my work featured in CD/promotional artwork for bands and in music magazines and national newspapers. I also shoot for top London music agency Retna/Photoshot. Outside of music photography/writing, I'm learning to perform tribal fusion belly dance and to speak French. Not usually at the same time. I'm also still looking for the meaning of life (but I hear that's a slow burn). I've lived in London for quite a few years, mainly because of the wonderful range of live music here and because there are lots of artists I still wish to see through my camera lens...

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