Did Israeli producer help get Chrissie Hynde to play Israel?
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Did Israeli producer help get Chrissie Hynde to play Israel?

The lead singer of The Pretenders is to make her Tel Aviv debut with the band on September 23

Jessica Steinberg covers the Sabra scene from south to north and back to the center.

Rocker Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders are heading to Israel for the first time this September, and it looks like we need to thank the Israeli in her life for making that happen.

Hynde, 65, has been on a world tour with her longtime band, following its latest studio album, “Alone.” They’ll perform at Tel Aviv’s Menora Mivtachim on September 23.

The tough-talking, punk rocker originally from Ohio has been living in the UK for years, working steadily with drummer Martin Chambers, the other remaining member of the band. (Pete Farndon and James Honeyman-Scott died young of drug overdoses.)

She has also worked on several solo projects in recent years, which is how she came into contact with Israeli Eldad Guetta, a former member of rock band Monica Sex.

Guetta and fellow producer Marius De Vries — who worked on the Academy Award-winning musical score for “La La Land” — have been in London working with Hynde on an orchestral jazz dub album.

So, it could be that Guetta convinced Hynde to finally make her Israeli debut.

Hynde released her first proper solo album, “Stockholm,” in 2014, and was given mostly positive reviews for her “soulful vibrato” (The Guardian) and “delicate and sassy solo debut” (Rolling Stone).

Hynde and The Pretenders toured the US with Stevie Nicks in 2016, and returned to the UK and Europe for a series of their own shows, including the upcoming September date in Israel.

Tickets are on sale at Leaan for the concert, which falls on the Saturday night after Rosh Hashana.

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