My list of reasons for loving the Pretenders runs long. I’ll just give you two.

In my opinion, the lyrics in “Back On The Chain Gang” are among the best in rock history.

The powers that be
That force us to live like we do
Bring me to my knees
When I see what they've done to you
Well, I'll die as I stand here today
Knowing that deep in my heart
They'll fall to ruin one day
For making us part

A poetic anthem to a love that could have been if it weren’t for the rest of the world. Beautiful.

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Then there’s, in my opinion, the greatest, sweetest, most romantic Christmas song of all time. The Pretenders’ version of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.” Chrissie Hynde’s bittersweet vocals cut me to my core in equal parts happy and sad in that rendition. Magic.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers have had hits in the '70s, '80s and '90s from “Brass in Pocket”, “My City Was Gone”, to “Middle of the Road”, “Don’t Get Me Wrong” and “I’ll Stand by You.”

The Pretenders are coming to New Jersey next month. They open for Guns N’ Roses on August 15 at MetLife stadium. That’s followed by the show I’d really rather see because it’s in a much more intimate venue, August 29 at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park.

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They even have a new album coming out on September 15 called “Relentless”. Chrissie Hynde, who masterfully writes her own songs, talked about the album’s title.

I enjoy seeing the various meanings and origins of a word. And I liked the definition: ‘showing no abatement of intensity.’ So when it came to an album title, it seemed fitting,” said Hynde. “You know…to keep doing it. I think anyone in a band is constantly questioning if they should keep going. It starts as a youthful pursuit and eventually, it makes you wonder, why am I doing this? It’s the life of the artist. You never retire. You become relentless.

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