Standing ovations are commenplace in Rock. But to keep several thousand people happily bouncing on plastic chairs in a steamy gymnasuim for over an hour and a hall is a rare occurrence even by today's standards.

Last night at McDonough Arena, the Pretenders joined a very select group of rock bands, living up not only to their recordings, but to the expectations of their fans.

Chrissie Hynde was as hot as a pistol and every bit as dangerous. If she's been aloof on stage in the past, there was no trace of it last night. With a vengeance she approached the songs that cunningly sum up her view of the war between the sexes. "Precious," "Up the Neck" and "Pack It Up" were all delivered with her singular wit and venum. "The Adultress" emphasized some words by clipping them short and others by stretching them out in her cool and sultry fashion.

More important, the band never let up. Guitarist James Honeyman Scott borrowed more licks than he invented, but his taste was impeccable, his playing flawless. Bassist Pete Farndon and drummer Martin Chambers, one of the strongest rhythm combinations in rock, were relentless to the end, especially during those few moments when Hynde was vamping or trying to catch her breath.

In short, it was one of the more memorable and encouraging rock concerts of the year.