We just heard through the grapevine that after more than half a decade, The Pretenders will be releasing a new album, with a tour quick to follow – and we’re pretty intrigued, to say the least! Of course, the classic English rock band, who hail from the strange, beautiful world of 1978, have had a tough dose of lineup changes over the years, so it’s hard to know what to expect when news like this comes around. But you’ll be happy to hear that Chrissie Hynde is still at the center of the action – and has teamed up with a surprising collaborator to bring the new LP to life.
In the unique heat of Nashville and its fiery music scene, Hynde had ducked into the shade to work on some solo concepts with the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach – his own Easy Eye Studio, in fact – when the album, first conceived as a follow-up to her 2014 solo debut, started to materialize as something else. Thus, the forthcoming Alone will mark a new chapter in The Pretenders’ story, bringing together a strong ensemble of Nashville session luminaries to do the punks justice.
The studio chemistry between Hynde and Auerbach, who are, fittingly, both from the City of Invention (Akron, Ohio), is a prominent feature of the album’s first single, “Holy Commotion” – as is their duality. Released just last week, the new song is already fueling some discussion for its unexpected sound, and is definitely worth checking out. If you dig, then get to that pre-order page and hit the trigger, because this is looking good. Alone is slated for release next month, on October 21st.
Ready for the cool part? As soon as Alone hits the shelves, The Pretenders will be diving right into a North American tour with Stevie Nicks, starting in Phoenix’s Talking Stick Arena on October 25th. We’ll be catching them in New York on December 1st at Madison Square Garden – and we can’t wait to see how it all comes together onstage.
Article: Olivia Isenhart