In August 2006, The Pretenders teamed up with several guest artists at a concert in Atlantic City, New Jersey, that was filmed for an episode of the VH1 series Decades Rock Live! Now, a newly remixed and remastered version of the show titled The Pretenders with Friends gets its release today as a Blu-Ray/DVD/CD package.
Chrissie Hynde and her band played a set packed with many of their classic songs, and also were joined for a series of duets by Iggy Pop, Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson and popular alt-rock acts Kings of Leon and Incubus.
Iggy and Chrissie shared vocals on “Candy,” his hit 1990 duet with B-52’s singer Kate Pierson, and the Pretenders gem “Fools Must Die.” With Manson, The Pretenders performed their own “Talk of the Town” and Garbage’s “I’m Only Happy When It Rains.” Kings of Leon played their song “The Bucket” and The Pretenders’ “Up the Neck” with the Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, while Incubus performed its hit “Drive” and The Pretenders’ “Message of Love.”
Minus their guests, The Pretenders played hits including “Back on the Chain Gang,” “Day After Day,” “Precious,” “Mystery Achievement” and “Brass in Pocket.” To close out the concert, the band was joined by the entire cast of guest artists for a rock rendition of “Middle of the Road.”
The Pretenders with Friends also boasts some bonus features, including interviews with the various performers, a slide show, trailers and more.
Here’s the full set list of The Pretenders with Friends:
“Back on the Chain Gang”
“Talk of the Town” — with Garbage’s Shirley Manson
“I’m Only Happy When It Rains” — with Garbage’s Shirley Manson
“Day After Day”
“The Bucket” — with Kings of Leon
“Up the Neck” — with Kings of Leon
“Drive” — with Incubus
“Message of Love” — with Incubus
“Fools Must Die” — with Iggy Pop
“Candy” — with Iggy Pop
“Brass in Pocket”
“Middle of the Road” — with all guest artists
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