Chrissie Hynde is back -- and she's spectacular -- in the Pretenders' first studio album in 6 years, "Break Up the Concrete." She hasn't lost her voice or her style!
The hard-rocking Hynde, who wrote all the songs, fronts an all-new band consisting of Jim Keltner, Eric Heywood, and James Walbourne.
Born in Akron, Ohio, in 1951, Hynde attended Kent State University and knew one of the students killed during the Kent State protests. She has spent most of her life living in London, but now also owns an apartment back in her Midwestern hometown.
Hynde is a longtime vegan and, according to Wikipedia, she "opened a vegan restaurant in Akron in 2007 called The VegiTerranean. The restaurant....serves fusion Italian-vegetarian food." She has been known to perform there.
On October 17, 2008 Hynde played with fellow Akron-area musicians Devo at a special benefit concert for candidate Barack Obama at the Akron Civic Theater.
Welcome home, Chrissie!