Chrissie Hynde and Pretenders to make Israel debut in September

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July 9, 2017 20:25
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THE COVER of Chrissie Hynde’s autobiography ‘Reckless.’ (Courtesy)

THE COVER of Chrissie Hynde’s autobiography ‘Reckless.’ . (photo credit: Courtesy)


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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Chrissie Hynde is making her debut in Israel with the latest version of The Pretenders.

Hynde’s show at the Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv on September 23, just after Rosh Hashana ends, was announced on Friday, with tickets going on sale that day at *8780 or

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The Ohio-born Hynde migrated to London amid the punk revolution in the late-1970s and formed The Pretenders in 1978 with Pete Farndon, James Honeyman- Scott and Martin Chambers.

Sparked by Hynde’s chiming rhythm guitar and tough vocals, their aggressive yet tuneful debut combined the ferocity of punk with the aesthetics of pop, a template that propelled the band to stardom and critical acclaim.

Over the last two decades, with a rotating support cast, Hynde and Chambers (Honeyman- Scott and Farndon both died young of drug overdoses) have continued to release albums and tour sporadically, preferring to remain out of the limelight.

In March, Hynde appeared in a BBC4 documentary Alone, which showed her leading a reclusive lifestyle at her homes in Paris, London and New York. However, last year she released an album and toured with Stevie Nicks.

In June, during a hits-laden set at Glastonbury 2017, the 65-year-old Hynde reconfirmed her punk ethos by using a profanity to describe publisher Rupert Murdoch.

A staunch animal rights activist, the outspoken Hynde has led demonstrations, been arrested and been vocally militant about the treatment of animals, and vegetarianism.

In 2015, she wrote her autobiography, Reckless, which raised eyebrows when she wrote about being sexually assaulted at the age of 21 by a group of bikers, and of taking “full responsibility” for it.

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