Black Keys Singer Helps Pretenders Make a ‘Holy Commotion’
Eight years after dropping their Break Up the Concrete LP, the Pretenders are back with a new album, Alone. The New Wave icons tapped the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach (a fellow native of frontwoman Chrissie Hynde's native — and criminally underrated! — Akron, Ohio) to produce the 12-track record, out October 21 via BMG. Listen to the taut, jangly closer "Holy Commotion!" below, accompanied by the album art and track listing.
Bad news for those expecting the original lineup of Hynde, James Honeyman-Scott, Pete Farndon and Martin Chambers: Hynde's the sole founding member featured on Alone, which was recorded at Auerbach's Easy Eye Studio in Nashville. Way to abandon the Buckeye State, Dan. Who are you, LeBron James?
Instead, she's joined by a backing band comprised of guitarist Kenny Vaughan (Lana Del Rey, Ray Lamontagne) and pedal steel powerhouse Russ Pahl (Dennis Wilson, Blake Shelton), plus three (!) members of Auerbach's psych band the Arcs: Dave Roe, Richard Swift and Leon Michels (on bass, drums and keyboards, respectively).
Next month, Hynde and company will hit the road with
rumored witch legendary songstress Stevie Nicks for a co-headlining arena tour slated to run through the end of the year. Check out those dates below.
PRETENDERS - ALONE TRACK LIST
1. "Alone Song"
2. "Roadie Man"
3. "Gotta Wait"
4. "Never Be Together"
5. "Let's Get Lost"
6. "Chord Lord"
7. "Blue Eyed Sky"
8. "Be the Man That You Are"
9. "One More Day"
10. "I Hate Myself"
11. "Death Is Not Enough"
12. "Holy Commotion"
PRETENDERS / STEVIE NICKS on TOUR
Oct. 25 — Phoenix AZ @ Talking Stick Arena
Oct. 27 — Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
Oct. 29 — Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
Oct. 30 — Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
Nov. 2 — Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena
Nov. 4 — Fort Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center
Nov. 6 — Atlanta, GA @ Phillips Arena
Nov. 7 — Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
Nov. 10 — Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Arena
Nov. 12 — Columbia, SC @ Colonial Life Arena
Nov. 14 — Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
Nov. 15 — Boston, MA @ TD Garden
Nov. 19 — Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Event Center
Nov. 20 — Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center
Nov. 23 — Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
Nov. 25 — Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Nov. 27 — Detroit, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
Nov. 29 — Toronto, ONT @ Air Canada Centre
Dec. 1 — New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
Dec. 3 — Chicago, IL @ United Center
Dec. 5 — Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena
Dec. 6 — St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
Dec. 9 — Vancouver, British Columbia @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Center
Dec. 11 — Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
Dec. 13 — Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center
Dec. 14 — San Jose, CA @ SAP Center
Dec. 18 — Inglewood, CA @ The Forum