The Pretenders are a British rock band. The Pretenders joined with Emmylou Harris on Return of the Grievous Angel: A Tribute to Gram Parsons, performing the song "She." A Greatest Hits compilation followed in 2000. During 2002 Loose Screw was vended by Artemis Records with only modest commercial success. It was the first Pretenders record to be released by a company other than WEA. Rolling Stone noted its "refinement, stylish melodies and vocal fireworks," while Blender called it "slick, snarky pop with flashes of brilliance."

During March 2005, the Pretenders were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Only Hynde and Chambers attended the ceremony. During her acceptance speech, Hynde named and thanked all the replacement members of the group, then said:

"I know that the Pretenders have looked like a tribute band for the last 20 years. ... And we’re paying tribute to James Honeyman Scott and Pete Farndon, without whom we wouldn’t be here. And on the other hand, without us, they might have been here, but that’s the way it works in rock 'n' roll."

After their Hall of Fame induction, The Pretenders continued touring as a four-part team (Hynde, Seymour, Hobson and Chambers). During 2005, bassist Hobson was replaced by Nick Wilkinson, marking the band's first line-up change in 13 years. Not long after, guitarist Seymour left and was replaced by James Walbourne. That same year, Rhino records released the four disc/ one DVD box set Pirate Radio 1979-2005 which spanned the group's entire career. Two-disc remastered versions of the first two albums also came out that year loaded with bonus tracks. During 2007, Rhino remastered both Learning To Crawl and Get Close once again with bonus tracks, but only as single discs. The current Pretenders team during 2008 now consists of Hynde, Chambers, Wilkinson and Walbourne.

The Pretenders' album Break up the Concrete was released through Shangri-La Music on 7 October 2008. It was the band's first Top 40 album in the U.S. in 22 years. It is described as having a rockabilly influence. Tracks include "Boots of Chinese Plastic", "Don't Cut Your Hair", "Love's a Mystery", "The Last Ride" and "Almost Perfect". [2] With Hynde is guitarist James Walbourne, pedal steel player Eric Heywood, bassist Nick Wilkinson and legendary drummer Jim Keltner (on the album only). Martin Chambers and Chrissie Hynde both explain the change as "being loyal to the music" and then said that Keltner and Chambers are good friends and have mutual respect. Chambers, however, was quoted in an interview as not having been told that Hynde has decided to go with Keltner, or that she was recording a new Pretenders album. Chambers returned to the drums on tour with the band. Several one-off shows were performed during the closing months of 2008, including a couple of Christmas charity shows. The "Break Up The Concrete Tour" began in mid-January and covered most of the United States, with shows until the end of March. It then continued in Europe, with gigs in Sweden, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Germany, Holland, France, Spain, Belgium, Scotland and England during the months of June and July, before returning for a new tour in Canada and the U.S. during August and September 2009.


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