Vintage Video: The Pretenders’ ‘Learning to Crawl’ tour is MTV’s ‘Saturday Night Concert’

For this week’s installment of Vintage Video, we turn the clock back to 1984 to find Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders on the comeback trail, touring in support of their acclaimed third album Learning to Crawl, recorded and released in the wake of the drug-overdose deaths of founding members James Honeyman-Scott and Pete Farndon.

MTV filmed the band’s April 8, 1984, performance at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Mich., for an hour-long broadcast as part of the network’s “Saturday Night Concert” series, and you can watch that full, hit-filled (“Back on the Chain Gang,” “My City Was Gone,” “Brass in Pocket,” “Middle of the Road,” “Time the Avenger”) set below via uploader Señor Huesos.

 

Setlist: MTV Saturday Night Concert; Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI, 4/8/84

1. “The Wait”
2. “The Adultress”
3. “Time the Avenger”
4. “My City Was Gone”
5. “Talk of the Town”
6. “Thin Line Between Love and Hate”
7, “Thumbelina”
8. “Back on the Chain Gang”
9. “Mystery Achievement”
10. “Middle Of The Road”
11. “Up The Neck”
12. “Precious”
13. “Brass in Pocket”
14. “Tattooed Love Boys”

 

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