Three questions with Pretenders leader Chrissie Hynde

Chrissie Hynde will bring a strong dose of nostalgia, as well as some more recent material, to the Pearl this weekend.
Matt Kelemen

For this tour, are you mostly mixing classic Pretenders tracks with material from new album Stockholm? We’ll be playing stuff off this new record, and we’ll dig into the back catalog and play some of my old favorites that we haven’t played for a while … We’ve done so many support tours with other bands—Neil Young, The Who, the Stones, ZZ Top—[and with those], I’ve been more obliged to do a greatest hits package.

The audiences in clips of some of your recent performances look especially happy to be able to see you onstage. Are you glad to be performing again? I’ve never really gone away. The only time I didn’t tour was for about eight years when my kids were little and they were in school. … We just played a record store in Los Angeles. There were a lot of people I’ve seen over the years, and they were all crowded in there. It makes it fun, because they seem to know a lot of the lyrics. That’s great, because if I forget what I’m doing I can always look over and they’ll help me out.

Is it hard to go from your life revolving around music to not playing at all for a while? Not at all. I live a very ordinary life; I don’t live a celebrity life, and I never have. I can walk to three or four shops from my house in London, [and] I don’t think any of my local shopkeepers have the faintest idea who I am.

Chrissie Hynde November 28, 8 p.m., $43-$93. The Pearl, 702-944-3200.

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