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A Story Which Is True Until It Isn’t.
It’s November, 1987 and both James Honeyman-Scott and Pete Farndon have been dead for a half-decade, as Chrissie Hynde and Martin Chambers have carried on under the Pretenders banner, making one record that was pretty great and one that wasn’t.
Anyways, none of that mattered to a largish swath of our little tribe as we watched the Pretenders open for U2 — the climax of my 25th birthday weekend — at the massive Alameda County Coliseum, long-time home of the Oakland Athletics and off and on home of Oakland Raiders, because Chrissie Hynde had recruited a lead guitarist who was at least the equal and probably the better of Scott, one Johnny Marr, still fresh from the breakup of the mighty Smiths.