Chrissie Hynde says she no longer will perform Pretenders hits in concert. Hynde, who’s been busy recording covers projects over the past few years — including a Bob Dylan tribute set, posted the news on Facebook.

While taking time out to promote Pretenders guitarist James Walbourne‘s side project, His Lordship, she hipped fans on what to expect from any and all future gigs, posting: “I’m completely dumping any sort of Greatest Hits set for now on. I never wanted to go there in the first place but was trying to keep myself alive and pay the bills. And yes, I know that’s no reason to be in a rock band. (I was just too scared to go back to waitressing.) But those greatest hits / ballads days are now behind me.”

Hynde went on to write, “If anyone wants to come and see me in the future it’s going to be punk rock/no hits.”

2020 saw the release of the Pretenders’ most recent album, the critically acclaimed Hate For Sale.


  • Out now DVD and Blu-ray is the recent documentary, Alone With Chrissie. The film, which was originally aired as part of the BBC TV Arena series, “follows the Pretenders’ lead singer as she shares an insight into her life. On a journey taking place in Paris, London, New York, Nashville and her hometown of Akron, Ohio, Chrissie takes the lead, avoiding the talking heads typically associated with documentaries to speak frankly about her passion for music, painting and the issues that matter to her most.”
  • In addition to the doc, the disc also features a bonus selection showcasing the original lineup of the Pretenders in July 1981 performing an 18-song set live in Cologne, Germany, which was filmed for Germany’s Rockpalast TV program.

CHECK IT OUT: The Pretenders’ 2020 video for “The Buzz”: