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Tim Burgess forms supergroup for Jon Brookes tribute gig

October 21st, 2013 3:10am EDT
Tim Burgess
The Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess formed a rock supergroup with members of New Order, Mumford & Sons, The Vaccines and The Pretenders on Friday (18Oct13) to pay tribute to his late bandmate Jon Brookes.

The gig at London's Royal Albert Hall boasted performances by Liam Gallagher, Manic Street Preachers' James Dean Bradfield, and the surviving members of The Charlatans, but it was an early set by Tim & Friends which got fans chatting excitedly as Burgess recruited New Order's Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert, Winston Marshall from Mumford & Sons, Freddie Cowan and Arni Arnason of The Va...
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Chrissie Hynde boycotts store over foie gras

May 13th, 2013 12:50pm EDT
Chrissie Hynde
The Pretenders star Chrissie Hynde is boycotting a luxury London department store until bosses promise to stop selling foie gras.

Famous faces including Sir Roger Moore, Pamela Anderson, and Brigitte Bardot are among those backing a petition urging the owners of Fortnum & Mason to stop selling the controversial pate.

Now Hynde has joined the campaign by bosses at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals by calling on the store's boss Ewan Venters to personally intervene.

Referencing classic The Pretenders song I'll Stand By You, she says, "I'll stand by you, Mr Venters, just as soon a...
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Chrissie Hynde Forced To Close Restaurant

October 3rd, 2011 8:32pm EDT
Chrissie Hynde
Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde has been forced to close her vegan restaurant in Ohio due to the economic downturn.

The "I'll Stand By You" hitmaker opened VegiTerranean in her native Akron four years ago, but she can no longer keep the place afloat.

In a post on the restaurant's website she writes, "It is with great regret that The Vegiterranean in downtown Akron has closed its doors for the last time. This has been a labor of love for me for the last four years. We tried everything we could to keep the restaurant going but unfortunately due to the current economic climate this has not...
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Happy 60th Birthday, Chrissie Hynde!

September 7th, 2011 9:31am EDT
Chrissie Hynde
She has been the "Talk Of The Town" for decades, and now we get to salute the great Pretender herself - Chrissie Hynde turns 60 today.

The Ohio-born rocker was a big part of the burgeoning London punk scene in the mid-to-late 1970s after leaving Akron for the excitement of England and her experiences there gave her the confidence to form her own band, The Pretenders, who have been chart-busting and paving the way for a collection of female-led rock acts - and some male ones too.

With hits like "Back on the Chain Gang," "Don't Get Me Wrong," "Stop Your Sobbing," "Kid and Brass in Pocket," ...
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Taylor Swift Featured In 'Band Hero'; New Songs Announced

October 2nd, 2009 12:30pm EDT
Taylor Swift, Band Hero, Band Hero Song List
Video game players and music fans alike can now get closer to Band Hero's in-game playable character Taylor Swift than ever before, as they can perform as the music icon to her fan-favorite chart-topping hits "You Belong With Me," "Picture To Burn" and "Love Story" in the biggest music event to hit living rooms this holiday season - "Band Hero". Today, Activision puts fans front and center in the concert of a lifetime, as they debut Swift's never-before-seen in-game performances in "Band Hero", the perfect game for family and friends to jam out and sing along to their favorite tunes togethe...
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Alec Baldwin Bags Small Victory In Horse Carriage Crusade

July 7th, 2008 12:18pm EDT
Alec Baldwin
Actor Alec Baldwin has persuaded New York City officials to reconsider placing a ban on New York's famous horse-drawn carriage trade.

The native New Yorker appeared at a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) event just last month to campaign against the industry. He believes the frantic streets of New York are no place for nervous animals to haul around heavy carriages. City officials have confirmed seven accidents and two traffic-related horse deaths have resulted from the carriage trade in the last three years.

Brooklyn Councilman Tony Avella tells the New York Po...
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The Cat Empire Unveil Dancing Nuns; New Album, "So Many Nights," Out 4/22

March 31st, 2008 9:45am EDT
The Cat Empire
Getting chased around by scantily clad nuns isn't an everyday occurrence for most of us. But for Australian superstars The Cat Empire it's not necessarily out of the ordinary. Watch as said nuns herd up the guys and drop them off in the back alley of a Melbourne venue. The video culminates with the band onstage, replete with a massive crowd, horn section and - you guessed it - dancing nuns.

For the uninitiated, The Cat Empire have been lauded for their insanely fun, high-intensity live shows. After all, they've traveled across five continents and have performed over 600 gigs. In...
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Chrissie Hynde Leads New York Horse Protest

January 31st, 2008 8:45pm EST
Chrissie Hynde
Chrissie Hynde is fronting a protest on Thursday against the famous horse-drawn carriages in Central Park, New York. The Pretenders singer married her now ex-husband, rocker Jim Kerr (Simple Minds), in one of the carriages in 1984 - but since joining forces with animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Hynde claims to have discovered how cruelly the horses are treated.

She says, "Learning about how horses have died in accidents and seeing their pathetic stalls have caused me to change my tune about the carriage horses."

New York's Horse & Carriage As...
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Coldplay Can't Write Christmas Songs

December 25th, 2007 3:00pm EST
Coldplay
British rockers Coldplay love writing Christmas songs, but have given up because they are so bad at it. The Yellow hit makers have decided to stick to recording cover versions of classic festive hits instead.

Frontman Chris Martin writes on the band's website, "We love Christmas songs, but every time we try and write one it's awful. So we cover them. Well, once or twice actually. The one song I would most liked to have written is 'Fairytale of New York' by de bloody (sic) Pogues of Ireland."

The group have posted their version of The Pretenders' 1984 hit 2000 Miles on the internet...
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Fill Your Stocking With Modern Day Holiday Classics From Darlene Love

November 4th, 2007 10:00am EST
Darlene Love
On October 2nd Shout! Factory released Darlene Love's first Christmas album, It's Christmas, Of Course, which is sure to start a holiday tradition of its own!

For the album, Darlene gives us her take on 12 tastefully selected holiday neo-classics of the '70s and '80s from a diverse array of artists like The Pretenders, The Band, James Brown, Tom Petty, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and more.

On this album of modern day classics, the Wall of Sound that surrounded her voice on her Phil Spector-produced hits has been stripped away, leaving her beautiful voice front and center. "We had a ...
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Emmylou Harris Rarities Take Flight On 'Songbird'; Win The Set

September 19th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Emmylou Harris
LOS ANGELES -- 12-time Grammy Award-winner Emmylou Harris retraces the back roads of her remarkable musical journey that spans more than three decades with a highly personalized, far-reaching boxed set spotlighting her favorite tracks and difficult-to-find or previously unreleased gems.

Rhino lets one of the most instantly recognizable voices of any genre call the tunes for this four-CD and one-DVD collection of career favorites, difficult-to-find material and live performances from her days with Gram Parsons and, later, the Hot Band to her bluegrass material and her fascinating concep...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 7

September 7th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Shannon Elizabeth
Happy Birthday to "Thirteen" actress Evan Rachel Wood (1987), "Final Destination" actor Devon Sawa (1978), "American Pie" actress Shannon Elizabeth (1976), rapper Eazy-E (1963; d. 1995), songwriter Diane Warren (1956), actor Corbin Bernsen (1954), actress Susan Blakely (1952), Pretenders singer/guitarist Chrissie Hynde (1951), "The Simpsons" voice actress Julie Kavner (1951), disco singer Gloria Gaynor (1949), singer Buddy Holly (1936; d. 1959), jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins (1930), English actor Peter Lawford (1923; d. 1984), actor Anthony Quayle (1913; d. 1989), and Hungarian film direc...
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Bruce Springsteen's Piano For Sale On eBay

August 9th, 2007 8:47am EDT
Bruce Springsteen
An acoustic piano once belonging to Bruce Springsteen is up for sale on internet auction site eBay. The instrument, which has also been played by Bob Dylan, Keith Richards, Ricky Nelson, Patti Smith and the Pretenders, was owned by Springsteen between 1977 and 1979 in the New York apartment he shared with then-girlfriend Lynn Goldsmith.

She later sold the piano to music memorabilia firm Symbolic Collection, which is starting the online auction at $10,000.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)
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Hynde Lobbies For Vegetarianism

July 11th, 2007 5:00pm EDT
Chrissie Hynde
Rock singer Chrissie Hynde is such a strict vegetarian, she will only vote for animal-loving politicians. The Pretenders frontwoman is a fierce defender of animal rights and views people's diets as a reflection of their character.

She says, "I wouldn't vote for anyone who eats meat. It's not a trivial matter. The only way to go forward is not to condone making profits from killing, or from exploitation. Vegetarianism transcends everything, as far as I am concerned. I could never live with a meat eater."

-Pretenders Pictures

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Elton John Fan Pays $220,000 For A Serenade

June 22nd, 2007 1:26pm EDT
Elton John
A generous fan of British singer Elton John paid $220,000 on Thursday to be serenaded by the star. The star-studded karaoke benefit in London saw the Rocket Man cover Elvis Presley classic Are You Lonesome Tonight? in aid of the Hoping Foundation, a charity which supports children in Palestine.

One lucky bidder paid $140,000 to duet with rocker Nick Cave on Destiny's Child's Bootylicious, while Bryan Adams' performance of Status Quo's Rocking All Over The World went for $60,000.

Other stars who took to the stage in aid of the charity included The Clash star Mick Jones, former Pret...
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The Pretenders Get Back On The Chain Gang With Two More Classic Albums

June 20th, 2007 8:30pm EDT
The Pretenders
The Pretenders stormed to the top of the pops on a string of unforgettable singles, two classic albums and relentless touring only to suffer the tragic loss of two members. Rather than throw in the towel or succumb to the cliche of a solo career for Chrissie Hynde -- the band's singer and songwriter -- surviving members Hynde and drummer Martin Chambers resolved to carry on. Rhino revisits The Pretenders' triumphant second incarnation with reissues of the band's third and fourth albums expanded with live cuts, alternate versions, demos and previously unreleased tracks. Learning To Crawl and...
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Celebrity Birthdays, June 12

June 12th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Jason Mewes
Happy Birthday To Lillix guitarist Tasha-Ray Evin (1984), Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima (1981), "Clerks II" star Jason Mewes (1974), late Blues Traveler bassist Bobby Sheehan (1968; d. 1999), actress Paula Marshall (1965), They Might Be Giants singer John Linnell (1959), actor Timothy Busfield (1957), late Pretenders bass player Pete Farndon (1952; d. 1983), Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos (1951), Boston singer Brad Delp (1951), jazz pianist Chick Corea (1941), Holocaust victim Anne Frank (1929), 41st President of the United States George H.W. Bush (1924), and Austrian artist Egon Sch...
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Maroon 5 Makes Billboard Chart History

May 3rd, 2007 4:02pm EDT
Maroon 5
Maroon 5 has made U.S. pop chart history after scoring the biggest jump to number one ever on the Billboard Hot 100. The group's Makes Me Wonder has shot up the chart from number 64 to number one, beating Kelly Clarkson's previous jump from 52 to the top spot.

The record-breaking feat prevents Avril Lavigne from celebrating a second week on top of both the U.S. album and singles charts; her Girlfriend hit drops a place to number two.

Another former number one, Timbaland's Give It to Me, also falls a spot to number three, while R&B star Ne-Yo also enjoys a big chart boost, jumping ...
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Touching TV Charity Drive Brings America To Tears

April 26th, 2007 10:25am EDT
American Idol
Tears of joy and sadness flowed in the US last night as American Idol highlighted the plight of poverty-stricken kids in Africa and America. The TV talent contest became a charity drive for two magical hours when pop, rock and movie stars filmed special messages, videos and performed live in a bid to highlight charity organization ONE: The Campaign To Make Poverty History.

Among the highlights was a moving rendition of West Side Story love theme Somewhere from opera quartet Il Divo, who performed as images of children blowing out candles were beamed onto a huge screen behind them.

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Shannon Moore's 'Evaporate' Is 10 Spot Label's Debut Release

March 19th, 2007 5:30pm EDT
Shannon Moore
While i-Tunes set the standard by offering tracks for just $.99 each, the 10 Spot label has been launched with the digital download customer in mind. Believing in the mantra "10 Tracks, 10 Bucks, Every Time" 10 Spot stands firm with their new price point.

"10 Spot gives the consumer ten good reasons to buy physical product. Offering ten tracks for ten dollars while getting the benefit of the CD package, the look, the feel, liner notes, artwork and artist information, it's like a free gift with purchase!" states Brad Pressman, President of The Water Music Records Group of labels.

T...
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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony To Air Live On VH1 Classic

March 2nd, 2007 12:19pm EST
Van Halen
For the first time ever, VH1 Classic will air the "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony" LIVE on Monday, March 12 at 8:30 PM/ET. Music fans will get to see and hear Van Halen, R.E.M., Patti Smith, The Ronettes, and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five get inducted into this esteemed musical institution as the action and music unfolds.

For the first time, this year's induction ceremony will be telecast live from the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City on VH1 Classic and MHD: MTV Networks' high-definition music channel on Monday, March 12 at 8:30 PM/ET. In addition, a speci...
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Jingle Bell Rock: The Top Christmas Tunes

December 24th, 2006 8:00pm EST
James Taylor
We all have a favorite Christmas tune, but have you ever wondered which classic pop ditty is the most successful at this special time of year?

Over the past five years, the American Society Of Composers, Authors And Publishers (ASCAP) has tapped into Santa's iPod in an effort to find out just what songs really make Christmas special.

ASCAP experts monitor the popularity of holiday songs using performance data tracked by radio airplay monitoring service Mediaguide and they know when a Christmas classic is re-recorded.

Just released, here's the 2006 top 25 list of bona-fide ...
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The History Boys Soundtrack Spotlights An Eclectic Mix Of Songs From The 80s; Film And CD Out Nov. 21

November 13th, 2006 12:05pm EST
The History Boys Soundtrack
After winning five Tonys earlier this year-including honors for Best Play--The History Boys is set to conquer the big screen this November with Fox Searchlight's film adaptation of the Broadway phenomenon.

Rhino Records brings together the film's biggest musical moments with a soundtrack that features classic alternative rock cuts from the '80s, cast recordings, and more. The History Boys Original Soundtrack will be available November 21.

Featuring 14 songs, the film's soundtrack helps evoke the story's setting in 1980s England with songs such as The Smiths' "This Charming Man," N...
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Rod Stewart To Release First Rock Album In Over 8 Years On October 10

October 9th, 2006 4:59pm EDT
Rod Stewart
Rod Stewart returns to his roots with the release of "Still The Same... Great Rock Classics Of Our Time," a landmark recording of great rock songs and Stewart's first rock album in over 8 years, scheduled for release October 10th on J Records. "Still The Same... Great Rock Classics Of Our Time" comes on the heels of the unprecedented success of the four volumes that comprise his Grammy-award winning "Great American Songbook" series, the biggest selling ongoing series of new music recordings in history, with a total of almost fifteen million copies worldwide.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer...
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The Pretenders' First Two Albums Expanded With Bonus Discs of Live and Unreleased Music; Out Oct. 3

September 26th, 2006 12:36pm EDT
Pretenders
Despite only releasing two albums, the legacy of the Pretenders' original lineup still looms large. Singer Chrissie Hynde; guitarist James Honeyman Scott; bassist Pete Farndon; and drummer Martin Chambers scored back-to-back Top 10 albums on both sides of the Atlantic in 1980 and 1981. Rhino adds to the iconic band's canon with double-disc editions of the Pretenders' debut and follow-up that feature live cuts, demos, and previously unreleased tracks; both re-releases are due October 3.

Two years after the band formed in London, Sire issued the Pretenders' full-length debut in 1980, whi...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 7

September 7th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Shannon Elizabeth
Happy Birthday to "Thirteen" actress Evan Rachel Wood (1987), "Final Destination" actor Devon Sawa (1978), "American Pie" actress Shannon Elizabeth (1976), rapper Eazy-E (1963; d. 1995), songwriter Diane Warren (1956), actor Corbin Bernsen (1954), actress Susan Blakely (1952), Pretenders singer/guitarist Chrissie Hynde (1951), "The Simpsons" voice actress Julie Kavner (1951), disco singer Gloria Gaynor (1949), singer Buddy Holly (1936; d. 1959), jazz saxophonist Sonny Rollins (1930), English actor Peter Lawford (1923; d. 1984), actor Anthony Quayle (1913; d. 1989), and Hungarian film direc...
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VH1 Classic To Air MTV's First 24 Hours of Programming on Aug. 1

July 19th, 2006 11:20am EDT
Blondie
Music lovers may remember the first video ever to be played on the first music television network, MTV, but do they remember the video that followed? VH1 Classic is giving viewers a second chance to relive the first moments that music videos came alive on TV by traveling back in time for a 24-hour event that showcases the first videos ever to be played on MTV.

VH1 Classic is paying tribute to the historic impact MTV has had on music and pop culture over the last 25 years by airing the first 24 hours of programming from MTV's August 1, 1981, network debut. The day of celebration will be...
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Celebrity Birthdays, June 12

June 12th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Jason Mewes
Happy Birthday To Lillix guitarist Tasha-Ray Evin (1984), Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima (1981), "Clerks II" star Jason Mewes (1974), late Blues Traveler bassist Bobby Sheehan (1968; d. 1999), actress Paula Marshall (1965), They Might Be Giants singer John Linnell (1959), actor Timothy Busfield (1957), late Pretenders bass player Pete Farndon (1952; d. 1983), Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos (1951), Boston singer Brad Delp (1951), jazz pianist Chick Corea (1941), Holocaust victim Anne Frank (1929), 41st President of the United States George H.W. Bush (1924), and Austrian artist Egon Sch...
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Tragedies Gave The Pretenders Musical Longevity

May 14th, 2006 3:00pm EDT
The Pretenders
The Pretenders star Chrissie Hynde credits the deaths of former bandmates Pete Farndon and James Honeyman-Scott for the rock group's longevity.

The singer insists the Brass In Pocket group was never destined for a 25-year career in music, but the tragedies gave her and those who came after the deceased the will to fight on through difficult times.

Hynde says, "Ironically, the secret of my longevity - if you can call it that - is that I would never have been in a band for this long if it had just been the four of us. It would not have lasted 25 years. We would have burned ourselv...
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'Pretenders Aren't Done Yet'

April 7th, 2006 12:14pm EDT
Chrissie Hynde
Rocker Chrissie Hynde is laughing off reports she's about to disband The Pretenders, after a concert mix up.

When the Brass In Pocket singer announced that a recent New York performance (April 1) would be her "last show", fans spent the next two days awaiting an official split announcement.

Hynde has since clarified her comment in a posting on her website: "I meant this is the last show of this tour.

"I think I said, 'I am real tired,' but maybe I was so tired that it sounded like I'm retired. I often think about leaving everything and spending the rest of my days on a beach ...
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