Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Chrissie's No 'S Not Pretending Ng Any Mory Mor E ; after Years of Performing under the Name of Her Band, Chrissie Hynde Has Finally Gone Solo Officially. but It's No Big Deal, She Says

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Chrissie's No 'S Not Pretending Ng Any Mory Mor E ; after Years of Performing under the Name of Her Band, Chrissie Hynde Has Finally Gone Solo Officially. but It's No Big Deal, She Says

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GOING solo age 62 might sound like a radical step in a musician's career, but it hasn't been such a big deal for Chrissie Hynde.

The American singer songwriter has, after all, already written several Pretenders albums single-handedly.

Plus, in times of self-doubt, she has a very experienced pal to turn to. "Morrissey's been a real support," says Chrissie. "He really encourages me in the right way - I look up to him because I like the way he does things.

"He's very mindful; he won't even play on a bill if he doesn't like one of the artists. Whereas I'm kinda the opposite - I'd play a garden shed, and that puts out a negative message that you're not important.

"I think he never wanted to be out of his band either - he loved being in a band. So maybe misery loves company, and if there's anyone who would be a purveyor of that, it'd be Morrissey! He wants me to walk the plank with him!" The word 'solo' has started to bore Chrissie. We are, she explains, witnessing a simple rebranding of her Anglo-American band, formed in London in 1978 ("I hated that New York punk scene," says Chrissie of the reasons she came to the UK. "It was Akron to London for me - there was no middle ground, I was straight out. "I didn't think about that New York scene; looking back I'm glad I wasn't part of it.").

"It doesn't really matter who is driving the project," she explains. "For 30 years people have been saying to me, 'It's just you anyway'. I can't keep defending being in a band."

But certainly the decision has allowed her to be more in the moment (albeit, on Monday she'll re-release The Pretenders' mega festive hit, 2000 Miles). "The mistake I've made over the last 15 years is I've done endless touring but not my own headline shows. So, I was beholden to playing 45 minutes of greatest hits my audience.

"That was kind of a burn out and wasn't much fun. This way I can play ... well, you know what? I have no idea what I'll be allowed to do!" Expect to hear a good deal of her debut solo album, Stockholm, when she comes to Manchester on Monday. …

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