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22 June 2021

Chrissie Hynde Announces UK Dates In Support Of Bob Dylan Covers Album

Pretenders Relentless UK Ireland Tour
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Pretenders‘ Chrissie Hynde has announced a UK tour where she will sing songs from Bob Dylan’s extensive back catalogue, as well as some other favourites.

The tour announcement comes weeks after Hynde released Standing In The Doorway: Chrissie Hynde Sings Bob Dylan, made up of nine covers of Dylan’s songs including Murder Most Foul and Every Grain of Sand.

“A few weeks into lockdown last year, [Pretenders bandmate] James Walbourne sent me the new Dylan track Murder Most Foul. Listening to that song completely changed everything for me. I was lifted out of this morose mood that I’d been in,” Hynde said in a statement.

“I remember where I was sitting the day that Kennedy was shot – every reference in the song. Whatever Bob does, he still manages somewhere in there to make you laugh because as much as anything, he’s a comedian. He’s always funny and always has something to say. That’s when I called James and said, ‘Let’s do some Dylan covers’ and that’s what started this whole thing.”

Hynde’s tour will be spread across July and August, and include her first-ever appearance at Edinburgh Fringe. She will be supported by The Rails. Tickets go on sale this Friday (June 25) though MyTicket.

Accompanying the release of Hynde’s album is Tomorrow Is A Long Time, a new film that captures the recording process of her Dylan covers. The Michael Nunn and William Trevitt-directed film features exclusive filmed performances of all nine songs. It first aired on Sky Arts on May 24, Dylan’s birthday.

In addition to Hynde’s solo work, Pretenders released their latest album, Hate For Sale in July last year.

Chrissie Hynde’s 2021 UK tour dates are:

Thursday 29 July – London, Royal Opera House
Friday 30 July – London, Royal Opera House
Sunday 22 August – Edinburgh, Queen’s Hall
Monday 23 August – Edinburgh, Queen’s Hall
Tuesday 24 August – Edinburgh, Queen’s Hall
Wednesday 25 August – Edinburgh, Queen’s Hall

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