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First the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame, and now finally a present for their long-suffering fans. The Pretenders, who were inducted into the hall of fame last year, are putting the finishing touches on a career-spanning box set, now set for release to a store near you on March 14.

The package from Rhino Records -- named "Pirate Radio" -- will include 4 discs of music and a DVD. Fans can expect demo versions of some songs, some previously unreleased material, live songs and some covers of other artists' songs, including Morrissey's "Everyday Is Like Sunday" and Neil Young's "The Needle and the Damage Done."

After the release, the band is set to play at Austin's South by Southwest Music Festival and then go on a short U.S. tour, beginning on the West Coast.

Pretenders lead singer Chrissie Hynde is in the press these days more for her protests with PETA and feud with Ray Davies than her music. But she'll always remain one of the most respected female musicians/songwriters. (One critic lists her #9 on his top 10 list -- Stevie Nicks earned his top spot. The Stuck in the 80s gang would no doubt list her in our top 5. Check out our Christmas music episode of our podcast for Gina's story about Chrissie.)

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:16pm]


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