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Hynde: I won't play my old hits

Chrissie Hynde has said she doesn't like playing her old Pretenders songs.

The US singer, who has lived in the UK for 40 years, formed The Pretenders in 1978 and the band released nine albums together.

She is releasing her debut solo album, featuring collaborations with Neil Young and Bjorn Yttling, and the singer said it would be that record that she will perform at Meltdown, the arts festival at London's Royal Festival Hall.

"I won't be playing any of the old Pretenders songs. I can understand why there are acts out there playing all their old music, but it doesn't turn me on, not at all," she said.

"If you're not making records that people want to buy any more, or that even speak for themselves, then play the hits. I'd rather do something that feels right, right now.

"Playing old hits isn't that much fun, unless you haven't done anything for the last 35 years. For me, I've done a lot in the last 35 years, and having fun is everything."

Chrissie said that she hated the phrase solo album and that the new record was a collaborative effort.

"I never wanted to be solo, and I said a thousand times I never would, so it gives me a cold chill to see my name out there on its own... I like being in the background, I'm not the show-off that you think I'm going to be," she said.

:: Chrissie Hynde releases her debut solo album Stockholm on June 9. She performs as part of James Lavelle's Meltdown at London's Royal Festival Hall on June 14, and at Latitude Festival in Suffolk on June 19.

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