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Suede and The Pretenders will both play their final UK shows of 2019 at a unique co-headline event at London’s O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on November 20th.
Both groups have come together to raise funds for their much-loved crew member and cohort John Brandham. John recently and extremely unexpectedly suffered a stroke which means he is unlikely to be able to work again for the foreseeable future. So beloved is he to both bands that they have agreed to join forces for this very special one-off benefit spectacular. All net proceeds for the show will go to John Brandham and his ongoing care.
Since 1979, as Punk became New Wave, The Pretenders, fronted by Chrissie Hynde, took the charts by storm, clocking up hit singles including 'Stop Your Sobbing', 'Brass In Pocket, 'Back On The Chain Gang', the annual Christmas anthem '2000 Miles' and the power ballad 'I'll Stand By You', years later covered as a charity single by Girls Aloud. The band continued to release new material in the 90s and 00s, while Hyde published a successful and revealing autobiography in 2015; 'Reckless: My Life As A Pretender', along with a new Pretenders studio album in 2016; 'Alone'.
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Suede kick-started the Brit pop revolution of the '90s, bringing English indie pop/rock music away from the swirling layers of shoegazing and dance-pop fusions of Madchester, and reinstating such conventions of British pop as mystique and the three-minute single. Nearly three decades later, during which they had a 7 year hiatus, Suede are as formdiable as ever in spite of their advancing years.
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O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
- Shepherds Bush Green
- W12 8TT
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