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"Still super-hip (and all lip) at 66, The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde tells Event why she swears at fans, enrages sex abuse victims . . . and has swapped the wild life for walks in the park"

Chrissie rocks on.

This year, she says with mild astonishment, is the band’s 40th anniversary. ‘The Beatles only made records for ten years, Van Gogh only painted for ten years – not that I’m comparing myself to those guys, but 40 years is amazing. No one really thought this was going to last that long.

‘My friend John McEnroe will back me on this. Sports people have to stay in shape all the time, but rock musicians are the least in-shape members of the human race. We do everything possible to be out of shape. And we’re still doing it when we’re 70. I mean, define irony.’