Chrissie Hynde's unmistakable voice has led The Pretenders for more than four decades. The band's signature sound has endured despite many changes in the band roster. Hailing from Akron, Ohio, Chrissie Hynde has made a great mark with the UK-based band and as a solo artist. Her powerful vocals contribute to a concert that shouldn't be missed.
A Dynamic History
Chrissie Hynde moved to London from Akron, Ohio, in 1973, and she began working in the music industry while she earned a living working at clothing stores. After a brief involvement with an early version of The Clash and other British bands, Hynde's star qualities were apparent, and she was encouraged to record for Real Records. In 1978, she recorded five tracks and named the band after the song called "The Great Pretender" by The Platters. The Pretenders formed in Hereford, England, where Chrissie was joined by James Honeyman-Scott, Pete Farndon and Martin Chambers. Throughout the band's 40-plus-year history, Chrissie Hynde is the only person who has consistently remained a member. Martin Chambers left the band for several years but is playing drums again for The Pretenders. Other musicians have come and gone for a variety of reasons while Chrissie keeps the band's style and sound going strong. Throughout the years, Chrissie has also joined many other artists to record songs, including a cover version of "I Got You Babe" with UB40 in 1987.
Where can I buy The Pretenders tickets?
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How many albums has The Pretenders released?
The band has released 10 studio albums since its debut album, Pretenders, in 1980. Additionally, The Pretenders has released two greatest hits albums and several live albums, including 2010's Live in London. The Pretenders' most recent release is Alone, which came out in 2016. Chrissie Hynde's talents can also be found on a long list of collaborations with musical artists across a variety of genres. In April 2009, she hosted a memorial concert for her friend, Linda McCartney, that included Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello and Sinéad O'Connor.
What are The Pretenders' biggest hits?
The Pretenders has had nine songs chart on the Top 20 in the UK and five songs in the US. Its biggest hit in America was 1982's "Back on the Chain Gang," which reached No. 5 in the US and No. 17 in the UK. The other songs that reached the Top 20 in the US are 1980's "Brass in Pocket," 1983's "Middle of the Road," 1986's "Don't Get Me Wrong" and 1994's "I'll Stand by You." Tracks that made it into the Top 20 in the UK include the five previously mentioned as well as "Talk of the Town," "Message of Love," "I Go to Sleep," "2000 Miles" and "Hymn to Her." The band's top hit in the UK was "Brass in Pocket."
What is a typical setlist like for a Pretenders concert?
With more than four decades of music to select from, The Pretenders has more than enough music to play a different setlist every night. However, the most common songs the band plays on stage include "Back on the Chain Gang," "I'll Stand by You," "Don't Get Me Wrong," "Hate for Sale," "Down the Wrong Way," "Night in My Veins," "Cuban Slide," "I Got You Babe" (cover version originally performed with UB40), "Brass in Pocket," "Message of Love" and "Middle of the Road."
Has The Pretenders won any music awards?
The Pretenders was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005, and the band has also received four Grammy nominations and one VMA nomination.
Who are the current band members?
The Pretenders is known for its frequently changing roster, but the current lineup includes original members Chrissie Hynde and Martin Chambers along with Nick Wilkinson, James Walbourne, Eric Heywood and Carwyn Ellis.Back to Top
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