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The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde still in pursuit of 'timeless' rock

The Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde still in pursuit of 'timeless' rock

Chrissie Hynde is fine on her own. Just listen to "Alone," the title track of her band the Pretenders' album from October, for reassurance.

"No one to say, 'you're doing it wrong' / I'm at my best / I'm where I belong, alone," she sings in her trademark half-sung, half-spoken delivery.

Calling from a tour stop in San Diego this month, the 65-year-old Ohio native said the key to the Pretenders' longevity has been to "do things differently once in a while, or else it just gets formulaic." It's part of the reason why the current band's lineup, the one she's toured with for years and that will play with Sunday at

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