Let’s get it out of the way at the start: No, Chrissie Hynde didn’t sing any Pretenders songs. Nor did her cohort, Welsh-born rocker J.P. Jones.
In fact, when Hynde and her new musical project pulled out their lone cover tune of the evening, it was a wholly unexpected blast through Moby Grape’s “Murder in My Heart for the Judge,” a soulful, but certainly tough garage rocker.
JP, Chrissie & the Fairground Boys – also featuring guitarist Patrick Murdoch, bassist Vezio Bacci and drummer Geoff Holroyde – came amped up and plugged in, which was the biggest problem of the night. Not that they were particularly loud, but a brace of electric instruments always tends to fight the superb natural acoustics of the Music Hall.
And very sadly, Hynde’s vocals were all but buried in the mix. I would have given anything to walk over to the sound board and crank her vocal mic up a notch or two.