The Pretenders with The Alarm: 3/28/1984

This concert ranks among my top shows. It was nothing short of amazing! Two great bands for $11.75. This is why I am glad I grew up when I did.

I went to this show with my girlfriend, Enid. We both liked the Pretenders, but I was really psyched. I had a secret crush on Chrissie Hynde.

We had great seats close to the front: Row F, which I suppose was sixth row. The Alarm opened and played a kick-ass set. They were on acoustic guitars and I remember thinking how hard these dudes rocked on acoustics. I was familiar with a couple of their tunes from the radio, but I bought their record not long after seeing them live.

Then The Pretenders came out and opened with “The Wait.” Oh… My… God! Seeing Chrissie on stage clad in leather pants was like the vision of a rock and roll goddess. I was in complete lust. But my appreciation for the band’s musical talent quickly took precedence. They were tight, high energy, and rocked from beginning to end.

I had an opportunity to see Chrissie solo a few years ago, but I passed. This concert was so great and so perfect, I did not want to taint the memory. I want to keep the image of her singing “Bad Boys Get Spanked” pure and adulterated.

Here are the set lists from both acts. Rock on!!

The Alarm’s Setlist:

  • Shout to the Devil
  • Declaration
  • For Freedom
  • Third Light
  • Where Were You Hiding When the Storm Broke
  • Reason 41
  • The Deceiver
  • Howling Wind
  • Blaze of Glory
  • The Stand (Prophecy)
  • Sixty Eight Guns
  • Marching On

The Pretenders’ Setlist:

  • The Wait
  • Message of Love
  • The Adultress
  • Time the Avenger
  • My City Was Gone
  • Show Me
  • Talk of the Town
  • Private Life
  • Thin Line Between Love and Hate
  • Thumbelina
  • Back on the Chain Gang
  • Pack It Up
  • Bad Boys Get Spanked
  • Mystery Achievement
  • Middle of the Road
  • Up the Neck
  • Precious
  • Room Full of Mirrors