List of The Pretenders band members

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  • Original line-up formed 1978. Chambers is the last to join, and does not appear on the band's first single ("Stop Your Sobbing"), which features session drummer Gerry Mcilduff.
  • This line-up records band's first two albums, Pretenders and Pretenders II.
  • In June 1982, Farndon is fired and Honeyman-Scott dies two days later, bringing this line-up to an end. Farndon would later die in April 1983.
  • Studio-only "caretaker" line-up until permanent replacements for Farndon and Honeyman-Scott could be found.
  • Records 1982 single "Back on the Chain Gang"/"My City Was Gone". (Both tracks are later included on Learning To Crawl.)
  • Very brief second "caretaker" incarnation. Convened after the "Chain Gang" single had been recorded and released, and the band began work on the remainder of the Learning To Crawl album.
  • This line-up records the track "Thin Line Between Love And Hate", later issued as a single and included on Learning To Crawl.
  • McIntosh and Foster join Hynde and Chambers to create the new permanent line-up. Records remainder of 1984 album Learning To Crawl, begins work on 1986 album Get Close.
  • Rupert Black was added for the Learning to Crawl tour and their Live Aid performance in 1985.
  • Foster and Chambers play on one track of 1986 album Get Close before being dropped. Hynde and McIntosh play with a variety of session musicians before hiring Stevens and Cunningham towards the end of the album sessions.
  • This line-up records about half of Get Close.
  • Worrell added for tour.
  • Still on tour, Worrell and Stevens are dropped. Foster rejoins.
  • McIntosh leaves, and Marr joins briefly from The Smiths. This line up issues one single ("Windows Of The World" b/w "1969") before Marr leaves to join The The. The group thereafter essentially dissolves.


  • Hynde is now only permanent member, backed by session musicians for 1990 album Packed!.
  • Hynde begins working with Seymour and Rourke.
  • This line-up, augmented by session drummers, records most of 1994's Last of The Independents,
  • Chambers returns, and Hobson replaces Rourke.
  • This line-up finishes Last of the Independents, stays together for the next 13 years. Records Viva El Amor (1999) and Loose Screw (2002).
  • After Andy Hobson quits, Nick Wilkinson is chosen by Adam Seymour to play bass guitar on the band's Pirate Radio Tour.
  • Seymour leaves, and is replaced by two guitarists (Walbourne and Heywood).
  • Purportedly with Chambers' blessing (reports vary), Jim Keltner plays drums on the 2008 studio album Break Up The Concrete. Chambers is still an official member of the band, and plays on all live dates.
  • Band is inactive during much of 2010, as Hynde issues an album and tours with J.P. Jones (credited as "J.P., Chrissie and the Fairground Boys".)
  • Live dates resume in 2011 and 2012.


Hiatus. Hynde issues a solo album in 2014.
  • The 2016 album Alone is recorded as a second Hynde solo effort, but is issued under the banner of The Pretenders. None of the other Pretenders play on the album.
  • The Pretenders reconvene with the same line-up as before the hiatus (Hynde, Chambers, Wilkinson, Walbourne, and Heywood). The band tour in support of the album Alone beginning in September 2016.