Tonight’s all-new episode of “Rock Legends” on AXS TV will take an extensive look at British-American rock band The Pretenders. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers first hit the music landscape in the late ‘70s with American front woman Chrissie Hynde. “Rock Legends” will take fans on the band’s journey to superstardom using interviews, archival news footage and performances. The episode airs tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. CT, only on AXS TV.
Anyone growing up in the late ‘70s, early ‘80s probably remembers The Pretenders’ breakout hit single, “Brass in Pocket.” It was notably the band’s first No. 1 UK single and the first new No. 1 single of a new decade, in 1980. The track hailed from the group’s self-titled debut album, which debuted atop the UK Albums chart and made the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Original Pretenders members were Hynde, James Honeyman-Scott, Pete Farndon, and Martin Chambers. Sadly, Honeyman-Scott and Farndon both suffered drug-related deaths in 1982 and 1983, respectively. Hynde wrote the band’s 1983 holiday track “2000 Miles” as a tribute to Honeyman-Scott. The Pretenders endured many personnel changes in the years after their deaths. Hynde remains the only original band member to date.
The Pretenders rode the top of the crest of the second British Invasion wave through much of the '80s. Fans embraced their art punk, new wave rock sound with wild enthusiasm and held on through the ups and downs, which included a hiatus from 1987-1990. Their 1994 power rock anthem “I’ll Stand By You” remains one of their signature tracks and has been covered by multiple artists including Girls Aloud and Carrie Underwood.
“Rock Legends” will present an in-depth profile of The Pretenders by tracing the band through its roots all the way to mainstream fame. Be sure to tune into AXS TV or set your DVRs for tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. CT to watch their story unfold.
Upcoming episodes of “Rock Legends” will feature Earth, Wind & Fire on Aug. 6 and George Michael on Aug. 13. Find AXS TV on your TV and stay tuned to AXS for updates.