Just days before the launch of their first album in eight years, The Pretenders have announced a one-off headline show at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
The performance, on 10 April 2017, will follow a US tour with Stevie Nicks later this year.
Tickets go on general sale on 21 October.
‘Alone’, the group’s first since 2008’s ‘Break Up The Concrete’, was originally intended as a solo follow-up to Chrissie Hynde’s 2014 album ‘Stockholm’. But as the songs began to take shape during recording sessions in Nashville, the singer realised they were a continuation of journey she began with The Pretenders in 1978.
“This record is what I love the most – real people playing real music. I sang and recorded every vocal in a 48-hour period – 48 hours to sing them, 40 years of preparation,” says Hynde of the album.
Masterminding it was The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, who served as producer, multi-instrumentalist, and band leader of the musicians recruited for the project: Johnny Cash’s former bass player Dave Roe, guitarist Kenny Vaughan, and several members of Auerbach’s side project (drummer Richard Swift, keyboard player Leon Michels, and pedal steel guitarist Russ Pahl).
‘Alone is released on 21 October.