Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Chrissie Hynde is feeling a bit nostalgic, but not too nostalgic.
The Akron native, who has fronted The Pretenders since 1978, has found more time recently to post on her Facebook page. Pandemics will do that.
She’s been living in London for so long that she now uses the preferred English spellings of “favourite” and “honour.”
Hynde has treated fans to some interesting news over the past month or so.
For starters, Fender has created “The Chrissie Hynde Telecaster,” a guitar that pays tribute to her beloved 1965 Telecaster “with a stunning Road Worn Ice Blue Metallic finish, a custom ‘Mid ’60s ‘C’-shaped neck and custom pickups for period-correct look, tone and feel.” According to Fender, it retails for $1,399.
With touring halted during the COVID-19 era, Hynde has been busy creating oil paintings on canvas. Some of her 2020 works with such titles as “Friday Pandemic Shape,” “Psychedelic Sunday June Lilies” and “Hot Hot August Morning” are for sale on ArtNet through Particular Ideas. Prices are available on request.
And, of course, there’s the music. During the lockdown, Hynde and guitarist James Walbourne have recorded Bob Dylan songs over the phone and plan to release an “imaginatively titled” album: “Chrissie Hynde Sings Bob Dylan.”
She recently stood in line for a COVID-19 vaccination at Lord’s Cricket Ground in London.
“I can’t see any real touring or rock gigs going ahead for the foreseeable future (but then nobody knows),” she wrote.
On Thursday, Hynde thanked fans for their “stellar response” to a recent post, saying “it made me go a bit nostalgic — something I don’t usually feature. In fact I avoid nostalgia, especially as the last 50 years have now been plundered ad nauseum in documentaries and memories.”
Hynde will turn 70 in September. In her 2015 autobiography, “Reckless,” she dedicated more than 130 pages to memories of growing up in Ohio. Those hoping for a sequel to the bestseller will be disappointed.
“I even started to write Reckless part 2 last year but abandoned it as I thought about it for 5 minutes and concluded, ‘Really — who gives a s*?’ ”
Then she posted a recent photo that her brother, Terry Hynde, had taken of one of their childhood homes.
“Memories!” she wrote. “Time to move on down the line.”
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