New Wave Rock Band The Pretenders To Perform Hits At Tanglewood

New wave British-American band, The Pretenders, will perform at this year’s Tanglewood concert series on July 16. 

The Pretenders started with vocalist and guitarist, Chrissie Hynde. She moved from Akron, Ohio to London to begin her music career in 1973. She recorded demos with original bandmates including lead guitarist and keyboardist James Honeyman-Scott, bassist Pete Farndon, and drummer Martin Chambers. They released their first original record, Pretenders, in 1980. The album was a huge success and so they released their second album, Pretenders ll, in 1981.

The band, surrounded by the drugs in the London music scene, experienced the great loss of Honeyman-Scott due to an overdose in 1982. This happened just two days after Farndon was kicked out of the band because of his drug use.

With new members, they released 10 more albums, but their earlier music remained their most successful records. The Pretenders is currently made up of Hynde and Chambers, bassist Nick Wilkinson, lead guitarist James Walbourne, pedal steel guitarist Eric Heywood and keyboardist Carwyn Ellis. In 2005, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This month, The Pretenders will perform for their fans on the Koussevitzky Music Shed stage.

Tanglewood is an iconic annual concert series located in the Berkshire hills in Western Massachusetts. It is the summer residence of the Boston Symphony Orchestra where they regularly give performances throughout the summer. 
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