By Jim Johnson

Chrissie Hynde has announced her first solo tour apart from the Pretenders. Hynde, who’ll be on the road in support of her debut solo set, Stockholm, has three European warm-up dates set for September and October, before launching the 25-date North American tour on October 30th at Toronto’s Massey Hall and winding things down on December 6th at L.A.’s Pantages Theatre.

Her Detroit appearance will be November 15th at the Masonic Temple Theater.

Hynde’s primary collaborator on Stockholm was Bjorn Yttling of the Swedish indie band Peter, Bjorn, And John, with additional contributions from Neil Young and former tennis champ John McEnroe.

  • Hynde was asked by Classic Rock magazine if there will me more Pretenders activity in the future: “I think so. (Drummer) Martin (Chambers) is still breathing, and I definitely want to get James Walbourne, my guitar player on stage. Man, he’s just the greatest rock guitar player. He’s got his own band, the Rails, and they’re doing really well. And I’m doing this thing. So it really was a case of how can you miss me if I never go away?”
  • Chrissie Hynde admits that despite being credited for helping redefine a woman’s role in rock, she’s never considered herself a “woman rocker” per se:  “I don’t know. I don’t think about women in rock, I never have. I just think about the music and y’know, if someone’s a songwriter or singer I like. It’s nothing to do with men or woman. In fact, what I always liked about rock in the first place was and what attracted me, obviously, was the guys, but I also liked sort of that androgynous thing. I mean, and that’s why I fit in nicely, because I’m not that, y’know, I don’t really look so girlie or anything. So I could kind of sneak in there and get away with it.”
  • FAST FACTS
    • Chrissie Hynde and Ray Davies have a 32-year-old daughter Natalie Hynde.
    • Chrissie also has a 28-year old daughter, Yasmin Kerr, from her brief marriage to Simple Minds frontman Jim Kerr.

    CHECK IT OUT: Chrissie Hynde’s 2014 video for “You Or No One”:

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