Pet Shop Boys to Join Take That on Tour

Posted by The G on April 4, 2011 under GNN | Comments are off for this article

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Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys

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.

Pet Shop Boys Reveal “The Most Incredible Thing” Track List

Posted by The G on February 3, 2011 under GNN | Comments are off for this article

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Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys

Good news and bad news for Pet Shop Boys fans.  The bad news first, they’ve left Twitter.  I guess that’s not too bad.  Now the good news!  The Boys have announced the track list for the ballet they’ve just finished writing!  “The Most Incredible Thing,” which is based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen is set to premiere in London in March 2011.  The ballet will be accompanied by the release of a double CD of music written by the PSB.  Courtesy of their official website, the track list is:

CD1

ACT ONE
1. Prologue
2. The grind
3. The challenge
4. Help me
5. Risk
6. Physical jerks
7. The competition
8. The meeting

ACT TWO
9. The clock 1/2/3
10. The clock 4/5/6
11. The clock 7/8/9
12. The clock 10/11/12
13. The winner
14. Destruction

CD2

ACT THREE
1. Back to the grind
2. The miracle – Ceremony
3. The miracle – Revolution
4. The miracle – Resurrection
5. The miracle – Colour and light
6. The miracle – The meeting (reprise)
7. The wedding

Performed by Pet Shop Boys and the Wrocaw Score Orchestra conducted by Dominic Wheeler.
Produced by Pet Shop Boys and Sven Helbig.
Composed by Tennant/Lowe.
Lyrics: Tennant/Lowe.
Orchestrations: Sven Helbig.
Programming: Chris Lowe/Pete Gleadall.
Orchestra recorded in the Concert Hall of Polish Radio, Wrocaw, Poland.
Concertmaster: Bartek Bober.
Contractor: Joris Bartsch Buhle.
Piano on “Help me” played by: Andreas Gundlach.
Orchestra recorded by Teldexstudio Berlin.
(Sound engineer and editing: Tobias Lehmann.
ProTools engineer: Tom Russbueldt.)
Copyists: Dietrich Zollner, Jan-Peter Klopfel.
Mixed by Bob Kraushaar at Acton Marina, London.

The album is released on March 14, 2011.

Happy 56th Birthday, Neil Tennant

Posted by The G on July 10, 2010 under GNN | 2 Comments to Read

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Neil Tennant

According2g would like to wish Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys a very happy 56th birthday!  Neil Tennant is responsible for countless songs that have made my life a better place.  I love Pet Shop Boys today as much as I did 25 years ago and it’s mind blowing to me that they continue to make music that is still so great.  It’s too hard to name a favorite song, but to celebrate today, I’ll be listening to “More Than A Dream,” “Paninaro,” “My October Symphony,” and “Legacy.”  Thanks for the wonderful music Neil and have a wonderful day!  What’s your favorite song by Pet Shop Boys?  I’ll still love you if you say “West End Girls,” but if that is what you’re thinking, explore their catalog – it’s amazing!

Pandemonium Delayed

Posted by The G on January 29, 2010 under GNN | Read the First Comment

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Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys

Bad news for US fans of the Pet Shop Boys!  Their live album/DVD, Pandemonium has been pushed back to March 23.  It drops everywhere else in the world one month before on February 15.  Based on the tracklist and bonus materials, it’ll surely be worth the wait.  You can read details of what will be included in the set here.

Pet Shop Boys announce Christmas EP!

Posted by The G on November 6, 2009 under GNN | 2 Comments to Read

Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys.  Photo by G.

Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys. Photo by G.

Good news for Petheads everywhere!  On December 14, 2009, the boys will release a new Christmas EP entitled, “Christmas.”

The tracklist is:

1. It Doesn’t Often Snow At Christmas (2009 Version)

2. My Girl (Madness Cover)

3. All Over The World (New Version)

4. Viva La Vida/Domino Dancing (Studio Version)

5. My Girl (Our House Mix)

You can preorder the single on the Pet Shop Boys official site.

Chris Lowe - NYC Boy.  Photo by G.

Chris Lowe - NYC Boy. Photo by G.

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