A Pretenders superfan has spoken of the “amazing” moment she was plucked from the crowd to sing with her heroes.
Irene Lawrie, 49, was spotted by frontwoman Chrissie Hynde at their gig at Slessor Gardens.
The rock legend saw Irene holding a sign asking if she could sing the band’s number one hit Brass in Pocket.
And she didn’t blow her once-in-a-lifetime chance to perform with her idol, earning a rapturous applause from thousands of music fans.
Speaking to the Tele, Irene said: “Everybody has been asking me about it – the whole thing has been surreal.
“My brother had got me tickets for the golden circle so I was near the front.
“I play in a couple of bands and I’ve always wanted to do something like that so I thought ‘why not?’ and took a sign with me asking to sing Brass in Pocket.
“I kept shouting and asking from the front and she saw the sign and said ‘yes, but we’ll do it later’.
“I wasn’t sure if it was going to happen because it was getting later and later but then the encore came and that was it.
“The security guys lifted me over and I just got up there and sang. It was absolutely amazing.”
The Pretenders arrived in the City of Discovery along with KT Tunstall and fellow rock legends Simple Minds for the open-air gig.
Irene, who lectures in psychology at Perth College, is no stranger to crowds as she regularly belts out hits as a backing vocalist for Bruce Springsteen tribute band The Rising.
And although for many the thought of performing in front of thousands would be a daunting prospect, the St Madoes vocalist said she fully embraced her moment in the spotlight.
Irene added: “When I got up there I didn’t get stage fright at all. I just enjoyed it.
“I just couldn’t believe that I was up there doing that.
“Chrissie was just so nice and relaxed which made it even better for me.
“I wasn’t entirely sure how it was going to work but the whole thing was just amazing.
“I am still buzzing from it.”