Chrissie Hynde at Bayou Music Center, 11/20/2014

Chrissie Hynde Bayou Music Center November 20, 2014

During "Talk of the Town," one of the Pretenders' best-loved songs, Chrissie Hynde pointed up to the seats in Bayou Music Center's balcony. It was intended to be a nod to the people at the back of the hall, a standard rock and roll gesture.

Only no one was sitting up there. Hynde squinted through her trademark dark eyeliner, said to her guitarist "There's no one up there!" and peeled off a beautiful smile at her own faux pas.

That realization might have sent a more impetuous, less secure artist reeling, but not Hynde. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer just shrugged it off and continued her set for the Houston fans who had joined her this night. Touring simply as Chrissie Hynde, she ran through nearly two dozen songs that bridged her earliest days putting Pretenders through their paces to Stockholm, the 2014 release that for the first time ever bears her name instead the band's.

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