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Nicks and Hynde give a lesson in rock

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Singer Stevie Nicks (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

There is no one cooler than Chrissie Hynde but, to quote a wise woman, "lightning strikes, maybe once maybe twice".

On Tuesday night in Sydney there was no maybe about it, as The Pretenders frontwoman and Stevie Nicks, both on the north side of 65, electrified the crowd in a brilliant double bill at the ICC.

Hynde kicked off with The Pretenders, ditching her sequinned jacket to show a band-branded T-shirt and skinny jeans.

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Chrissie Hynde (Photo by Grant Pollard/Invision/AP)

She strutted, snarled, danced and flirted while hitting every note in a strong alto voice belying her 66 years.

The band played Message of Love, Hymn to Her, Back on the Chain Gang, Brass in Pocket and when she started off The Kinks' track Stop your Sobbing in the wrong key she simply re-started, admitting "I f***** it up".

Stevie Nicks' more ethereal approach rounded out the night as she emerged in an array of shawls for a two-and-a-half hour set of songs and stories.

Opening with her 1981 hit Gold and Braid, the 69-year-old celebrated her return to Australia which was possible because of the success of her tour with Hynde.

"Girls can totally get along and work together and it's cool," she said.

By her third song, Nicks tackled the emotionally charged Stop Dragging My Heart Around, written for her by the late Tom Petty, and welcomed Hynde back on the stage to take over his part on the duet.

His presence has hung over the tour, the first shows Nicks has performed since his death last month.

"When I'm talking about Tom, Tom is on the road rocking somewhere," Nicks told the crowd.

The Fleetwood Mac frontwoman let the audience in on all her secrets, telling stories of how Landslide was written alone in an Aspen hotel room in 1973 while she wrote Dreams in Sly Stone's black velvet room in a studio in Sausalito.

She cracked open the vault, performing songs from her 24 Karat Gold album made up of forgotten tracks from her lengthy career, and belted out hits including Gypsy, Dreams, Rhiannon and Gold Dust Woman.

After that performance, it was impossible to agree with her in her final song, Landslide, because Stevie Nicks clearly isn't getting older.

*Stevie Nicks and The Pretenders remaining tour dates:

November 8 - ICC Sydney Theatre, Sydney

November 11 - Bimbadgen, Hunter Valley NSW

November 12 - Sirromet Wines, Mt Cotton QLD

November 16 - Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

November 18 - Rochford Wines, Yarra Valley VIC

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