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Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys
Pet Shop Boys have accepted the invitation to join Take That on their Progress Live 2011 tour as the opening act. The Boys will be performing a truncated version of their amazing Pandemonium show, featuring set designs by Es Devlin.
Robbie Williams (of Take That) commented: “I’m a huge Pet Shop Boys fan so for me it will be an absolute joy to be able to watch them every night.” Jason Orange added: “I’m flattered and very happy they’ve agreed to do it. They’re so talented; I thought they’d be above it and us.”
“Pet Shop Boys was the first CD I ever bought” said Gary Barlow. “I’ve followed their whole career and always loved their unique approach to records and live performance. That combined with two lovely people means we’re in for a great tour.”
Progress Live 2011 presented by Samsung kicks off at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light on May 27th, then heads to The City of Manchester Stadium, Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, Dublin Croke Park, Glasgow Hampden Park, Birmingham Villa Park and finishes in the UK with a record breaking eight shows at London’s Wembley Stadium. Pet Shop Boys will also join Take That for the subsequent European leg of the tour.
This is the first time that Take That have toured together as a five-piece since 1995. The spectacular live shows will celebrate their biggest hits from the last two decades and, will also see Robbie Williams take to the stage to perform songs from his incredible solo career.
Take That’s Progress Live 2011 tour became the biggest tour in UK and Irish history when a record breaking 1.34 million tickets were snapped up in less than 24 hours of going on sale. The band smashed their previous box office record set in 2008 with The Circus Live Tour more than doubling their own record for sales in a single day. 850,000 tickets went on sale at 9am on October 29, 2010 and throughout the day the band added a further 11 dates to the tour to cope with demand.
Source: Pet Shop Boys official website.
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Ben Drew aka Plan B
Hot off the press!
After hearing the entire “Defamation of Strickland Banks” album by Plan B last night over the PA system at Madison Square Garden prior to the Elton John concert, the album will finally be getting a US release date: April 19, 2011!
In addition, Plan B is set to conquer America as he has just announced a 2011 tour.
The dates, courtesy of A Heart Is A Spade are:
April 19- 26 & May 5th – Headline Tour
May 4-27 w/Bruno Mars & Janelle Monae’s Hooligans In Wondaland Tour
17 Indio, CA Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival*
19 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theatre
21 San Francisco, CA Popscene at Rickshaw Stop
23 Seattle, WA Chop Suey
24 Portland, OR Lola’s
26 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
4 New York, NY Roseland Ballroom
5 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall of Williamsburg
7 Boston, MA Agganis Arena
8 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Ctr.
10 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre
11 Miami Beach, FL Fillmore Miami Beach
17 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
18 Houston, TX Reliant Arena
20 Montgomery, AL Jubilee CityFest
22 Windsor, ON Caesars Windsor
24 Milwaukee, WI Eagles Ballroom
25 St. Paul, MN Roy Wilkins Auditorium
27 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom
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Peter Moren of Peter Bjorn and John
Good news for fans of Swedish pop/rock trio Peter Bjorn and John. They’ve announced a 2011 tour. The dates, courtesy of Pitchfork are:
02-03 London, England – The Old Blue Last
02-16 Berlin, Germany – Comet Club
02-17 Aarhus, Denmark – Train
02-18 Copenhagen, Denmark – Lille Vega
02-19 Oslo, Norway – Sentrum Scene
02-23 London, England – Lexington
02-28 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Bitterzoet
03-02 Paris, France – International
03-30 London, England – Dingwalls
03-31 Manchester, England – Academy 3
04-01 Glasgow, Scotland – Stereo
04-06 Hamburg, Germany – Molotow
04-07 Utrecht, Netherlands – Tivoli 400
04-08 Brussels, Belgium – Botanique Orangerie
04-09 Paris, France – Point FMR
04-28 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
04-29 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
04-30 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
05-01 Philadelphia, PA – Theater of Living Arts
05-02 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
05-03 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
05-05 Boston, MA – Paradise
05-06 Toronto, Ontario – Lee’s Palace
05-07 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
05-10 Seattle, WA – Neumos
05-11 Vancouver, British Columbia – Venue
05-12 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
05-13 San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
05-14 Los Angeles, CA – El Ray Theatre
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One of my favorite new bands of 2010, Penguin Prison, have announced a tour that will take them halfway across the US in January and February. Hot on the heels of a successful UK tour, Penguin Prison will be playing the following cities with Girl Talk:
1/5/11 – House of Blues, Cleveland, OH
1/6/11 – The LC Pavilion, Columbus, OH
1/7/11 – The Madison Theater, Covington, KY
1/8/11 – Expo Five, Louisville, KY
1/10/11 – House of Blues, New Orleans, LA
1/11/11 – House of Blues, New Orleans, LA
1/13/11 – Verizon Wireless Theatre, Houston, TX
1/14/11 – Austin Music Hall, Austin, TX
1/15/11 – Palladium Ballroom, Dallas, TX
1/17/11 – Minglewood Hall, Memphis, TN
1/18/11 – The Pageant, St. Louis, MO
1/20/11 – Workplay, Birmingham, AL
1/21/11 – Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
1/22/11 – Gaillard Municipal Auditorium, Charleston, SC
1/24/11 – Valarium, Knoxville, TN
1/25/11 – The Fillmore, Charlotte, NC
1/27/11 – Disco Rodeo, Raleigh, NC
1/28/11 – The NorVa, Norfolk, VA
1/29/11 – The National, Richmond, VA
1/31/11 – Rams Head Live!, Baltimore, MD
2/1/11 – 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
2/2/11 – 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
2/4/11 – Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
2/5/11 – Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ
I’ve also seen Girl Talk live and I can tell you, these shows are going to be awesome! While supplies last, you can download a free mashup of Penguin Prison’s hot new single “Golden Train” mashed up with Michael Jackson’s “Working Day and Night” on Penguin Prison’s official site. Can’t wait for Penguin Prison to be huge!