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Pet Shop Boys

English electronic pop duo, consisting of Neil Tennant, who provides main vocals, keyboards and occasional guitar, and Chris Lowe on keyboards and occasional vocals add

Category: Music

Founded in 1971.

Countries: United Kingdom (38%), United States (24%), UK (12%)

Main connections: Neil Tennant, BBC, Trevor Horn

Linked to: EMI, Twitter, University of Bristol, BBC

 

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1971

The album, "Results", generated four singles, including the hit single "Losing My Mind", a cover version of the Stephen Sondheim song from the 1971 Broadway musical "Follies" add something


1975

Veljko Despot - At his post in record business in Croatia he initiates and helped bringing to Yugoslavia many important artists, like Deep Purple in 1975, The Rolling Stones , Paul McCartney & Wings , Queen , Elton John , Dire Straits , Laurie Anderson , Eros Ramazzotti , Pet Shop Boys , David Bowie and many more


1980

Neil Tennant, who neither denied nor confirmed gay rumours throughout the 1980s, "came out" in a 1994 interview for "Attitude", a UK gay lifestyle magazine add something

 

Released as a limited edition 7-inch dinked vinyl single available only in independent UK record stores, its B-side was "A Powerful Friend", a song originally composed in the early 1980s and subsequently recorded in late 2002 during the recording sessions that would contribute to the "Disco 3" album add something

 

Capitol Records - Capitol added artists across genres during the 1980s: popular music groups and singers like Richard Marx, The Motels, Tina Turner, George Clinton, Crowded House, Peter Blakeley, Duran Duran , Heart, Glass Tiger, Katrina & The Waves, Grace Jones, Lloyd Cole, Pet Shop Boys, Queen, Roxette, Brian Setzer, The Smithereens, Spandau Ballet, and Paul Westerberg; punk/hard rock groups such as Butthole Surfers, Concrete Blonde, Billy Idol, and the &Red_Hot_Chili_Peppers; thrash metal bands like Megadeth, Exodus and Rigor Mortis, heavy metal bands like

 

Peter-John Vettese - In the 1980s he worked with and produced a diverse range of artists including Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Go West, Pet Shop Boys, Bee Gees, Cher, Foreigner, Carly Simon and Clannad


1981

Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe met in an electronics shop on Kings Road in Chelsea, London in August 1981 add something


1982

Recognising a mutual interest in dance music, they began to work on material together, first in Tennant's flat in Chelsea and from 1982, in a small studio in Camden Town add something


1983

From 1983-1984, Orlando recorded eleven tracks with Tennant and Lowe including; "West End Girls", "Opportunities , "It's A Sin", "I Want A Lover", "I Get Excited", "Two Divided By Zero", "Rent", "Later Tonite", "Pet Shop Boys", "A Man Could Get Arrested" and "One More Chance" add something

 

Their big break came in August 1983, when Tennant was assigned by "Smash Hits" to interview The Police in New York add something


1984

On 16 October, "Catalogue" was released from Thames & Hudson, a 336-page hardcover book, written by Philip Hoare and Chris Heath, detailing their entire visual output from 1984 to 2004 add something

 

Photographer Eric Watson helped shape the original image of Pet Shop Boys, creating many of their photographs and videos from 1984 to 1991 add something

 

In April 1984, the Orlando-produced "West End Girls" was released, becoming a club hit in Los Angeles and San Francisco add something


1985

When we signed to the label in 1985 we had no idea how long and successful a relationship we were embarking on add something

 

Claudja Barry - The year 1985 saw the release of the single, "Born To Love" which sounds similar to a Pet Shop Boys or Erasure song

 

In March 1985, after long negotiations, Pet Shop Boys cut their contractual ties with Bobby 'O', with a settlement giving Bobby 'O' significant royalties for future sales add something

 

Released in October 1985, this new version initially entered the charts at a similarly low position, but began a slow rise so that, by January 1986, it achieved the top spot add something


1986

In April, Tennant left "Smash Hits" and in July, a new single, "Opportunities ", was released, reaching number 116 in the UK. The B-side to this single, "In the Night", later resurfaced, in a longer remixed version, as the opening track to the duo's first remix album, "Disco", in 1986 add something

 

In design they have primarily worked with Mark Farrow, who designed the cover of their first Parlophone album release in 1986 add something

 

Lowe stated in a 1986 "Entertainment Tonight" interview: add something

 

New versions of second single "Opportunities " and album track "Suburbia" were released in 1986, followed by a remix album, "Disco" add something

 

Springfield's manager finally contacted them in 1986, following the release of "Please", and towards the end of that year, she travelled to London to record "What Have I Done to Deserve This-" with them add something

 

The following year, a new version of the 1986 B-side to "Suburbia", i add something

 

Bros - Formed in 1986, they were managed by former Pet Shop Boys manager Tom Watkins

 

Jay McCarroll - He changed the theme of his collection, which was initially inspired by the Pet Shop Boys' 1986 hit "West End Girls

 

After the success of "West End Girls", Pet Shop Boys released a follow-up single, "Love Comes Quickly", on 24 February 1986 add something

 

In June 1986, the band announced a European tour; however, their plans for a theatrical extravaganza proved to be too expensive and the tour was cancelled add something

 

In September 1986, Pet Shop Boys performed "Love Comes Quickly" and "West End Girls" at the 1986 MTV Video Music awards in Los Angeles add something


1987

Footage from the film was used for the music video to "Always on My Mind", now released as a single on 30 November; it became both the duo's third number one single in the UK and the Christmas number one single for 1987, beating "Fairytale of New York" by The Pogues add something

 

Towards the end of 1987, Pet Shop Boys started work on an hour-long film that would incorporate the songs from "Actually" add something

 

Joss Ackland - Ackland appears in the Pet Shop Boys' 1987 film "It Couldn't Happen Here", and in the video for their version of the song "Always on My Mind", which was taken from the film

 

Margi Clarke - Clarke went on to star in the films "The Dressmaker", "Strike It Rich", and "Leaving the 21st Century", and had a well-known role in the Pet Shop Boys' video for their 1987 single, "Rent"

 

Dusty Springfield - However, in collaboration with Pet Shop Boys, she returned to the Top 10 of the UK and US charts in 1987 with "What Have I Done to Deserve This-" Two years later, she had two other UK hits on her own with "Nothing Has Been Proved" and "In Private

 

Angelo Badalamenti - In 1987, he lent his services to British synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys, arranging the orchestration on the dreamy and melancholic track "It Couldn't Happen Here"

 

Jonathan King - In 1987, he suggested in his "Sun" column that the Pet Shop Boys had borrowed the melody of Cat Stevens's 1970 song "Wild World" for their UK number one single "It's a Sin"

 

Dusty Springfield - In 1987, she accepted an invitation from Pet Shop Boys to duet with their lead singer, Neil Tennant, on the single "What Have I Done to Deserve This-"

 

Also in August 1987, Pet Shop Boys appeared on "Love Me Tender", a UK television programme, on ITV, commemorating the tenth anniversary of Elvis Presley's death add something


1988

The album was produced by Trevor Horn, who Pet Shop Boys had previously worked with on "Left to My Own Devices", in 1988 add something

 

The film was eventually released in 1988 to mixed reviews add something

 

The history between Madonna and Pet Shop Boys goes back to 1988, with the song "Heart" add something

 

This extended version, consistently called "Always on My Mind"/"In My House", would later be included on Pet Shop Boys' 1988 album, "Introspective", with the 12" medley attached to the vinyl edition of their "Actually" album and only marketed in the United States in such double release add something

 

March 1988 saw the duo achieve their fourth UK number one single , with a remixed edit of "Heart", different from the album version add something

 

On 12 September 1988, Pet Shop Boys released a brand new single, "Domino Dancing" and in the documentary Neil recounts his disappointment when hearing the news that the single had reached number 7 in the UK Singles Chart add something


1989

However, when they first began touring, in 1989, they were heavily influenced by opera and theatre staging add something

 

It was followed by the Trevor Horn-produced top-five single "Left to My Own Devices", and a cover version of the Sterling Void single "It's Alright", in 1989 add something

 

Pet Shop Boys were asked to write and produce an album for Liza Minnelli, in 1989 add something

 

David Cicero (singer) - He attended a Pet Shop Boys concert in Glasgow in 1989 and gave a demo tape to Peter Andreas, Pet Shop Boys' personal assistant

 

Liza Minnelli - In 1989 Minnelli collaborated with Pet Shop Boys on Results, an electronic dance-style album.

 

Derek Jarman - Jarman directed the 1989 tour by the UK duo Pet Shop Boys

 

Dusty Springfield - Springfield returned to the studio with Pet Shop Boys, who produced her recording of their song "Nothing Has Been Proved", commissioned for the soundtrack of the 1989 drama film, "Scandal"

 

Neil Tennant worked with Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr on their first album as Electronic, whose first single, "Getting Away with It", co-written and co-produced by Tennant himself, was released on 4 December 1989 add something


1990

Included on their forthcoming second album "Actually", the song became a massive worldwide hit and resurrected Springfield's career, leading to her 1990 album, "Reputation", on which Pet Shop Boys were major contributing writers and producers add something

 

The duo later went on to produce half of the tracks on her 1990 solo "Reputation" album add something

 

Angelo Badalamenti - Badalamenti arranged the strings on two tracks on the Pet Shop Boys' acclaimed "Behaviour" album in 1990

 

The KLF - In 1990 and 1991, The KLF remixed tracks by Depeche Mode , The Moody Boys , and the Pet Shop Boys

 

Harold Faltermeyer - In 1990 he co-produced the album "Behaviour" with Pet Shop Boys at his studio near Munich after Neil and Chris were looking for his "sound", being longtime fans

 

Johnny Marr - In the 1990s and 2000s, he performed on three Pet Shop Boys albums, and plays guitar on their Xenomania-produced album, "Yes", released in 2009

 

On 24 September 1990, a new single, "So Hard", was released, reaching No. 4 in the UK and Pet Shop Boys' fourth studio album followed, on 22 October 1990 add something


1991

In 1991, they brought in David Alden and David Fielding, from the English National Opera, to create the staging and costume design, for a show which made little attempt to involve or even acknowledge the audience and pushed the choreography and staging centre stage add something

 

In a 1991 interview with Chris Heath, Lowe explained how the duo's backing tracks are generated: "Apart from the guitar and extra keyboards, it's all sequenced using MIDI. You set it up and it just plays add something

 

Later, in 1991, Lowe contributed to the Electronic project, contributing the chord sequence to "The Patience of a Saint" on their 1991 album add something

 

Pet Shop Boys kept the song for themselves and it ended up going to number one in the UK. Later, in 1991, Madonna was referenced in a tongue-in-cheek lyric, in the song "DJ Culture", soon after she and Sean Penn had divorced add something

 

Pet Shop Boys set up the Spaghetti Records label in 1991 add something

 

Robia LaMorte - After having appeared in more than thirty music videos and toured in a six-dancer troupe with the Pet Shop Boys, LaMorte was picked by the musician Prince to be one of two lead dancers for the music video for "Cream", a single from his 1991 album "Diamonds and Pearls"

 

Moby - In 1991 and 1992 he remixed The B-52s, The Prodigy, Orbital, Pet Shop Boys, &Erasure, Michael Jackson, and Ten City

 

The KLF - In 1991, Chris Lowe of Pet Shop Boys said that he considered the only other worthwhile group in the UK to be The KLF. Neil Tennant added that "They have an incredibly recognisable sound

 

In March 1991, a cover of U2's "Where the Streets Have No Name" as a medley with "Can't Take My Eyes Off You", the 1960s pop song by Frankie Valli/The Four Seasons, was released as a double A-sided single with a remix of the album track "How Can You Expect to Be Taken Seriously-" by Brothers in Rhythm add something

 

Named "Performance", the tour kicked off in Tokyo, on 11 March 1991 add something


1992

Finally; in 1992, Tennant sang lead vocals on the non-album single "Disappointed", which was featured on the soundtrack to the movie "Cool World" add something

 

In 1992 Pet Shop Boys were the subjects of a "South Bank Show" documentary on ITV. This included interviews with Neil and Chris, and contributions from Liza Minnelli, Eric Watson , Simon Frith , David Alden and David Fielding add something

 

Their most successful release was the soundtrack to the 1992 film "The Crying Game", which featured Boy George performing the title song "The Crying Game" add something


1993

In 1993, when promoting their "Very" album, they wore brightly coloured costumes and used state-of-the-art computer technology to place themselves in a modern computer graphic world add something

 

The Crying Game - The soundtrack to the film, "The Crying Game: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack", released on 23 February 1993, was produced by Anne Dudley and the Pet Shop Boys

 

In June 1993, Pet Shop Boys infamously re-invented their image and made a strong return to the UK Singles Chart with "Can You Forgive Her-" add something


1994

Also in 1994, Pet Shop Boys released the 1994 Comic Relief single, "Absolutely Fabulous" add something

 

In 1994, Pet Shop Boys offered to remix fellow Parlophone act Blur's single "Girls & Boys"; it was a club hit throughout Europe and started a sporadic trend for Pet Shop Boys to remix other artists' music add something

 

This is not the first time that Pet Shop Boys have worked with Minogue: in 1994, they indeed wrote a song for inclusion on her eponymous "Kylie Minogue" album, called "Falling", which was based on an unreleased remix of "Go West" with new lyrics by Tennant; however, Minogue and her record company did not like the production sound of Pet Shop Boys' demo and asked Farley & Heller to finally produce the track add something

 

Absolutely Fabulous - In addition to the official theme song, in 1994, Pet Shop Boys recorded a song for "Comic Relief" using excerpts of dialogue from the series put to dance music

 

On 12 September 1994, Pet Shop Boys released the follow-up to their 1986 remix album "Disco", in the form of "Disco 2" add something


1995

In November 1995, Neil Tennant saw David Bowie live at Wembley Stadium and met him backstage add something


1996

In the 1996 BBC Radio 1 documentary "About Pet Shop Boys", Neil Tennant noted that their "Imperial Phase" ended in 1988 add something

 

In the meantime, "Format", an album of the duo's B-sides from 1996 to 2009 was released on 6 February 2012 as a sequel to their earlier B-side collection "Alternative" add something

 

Eva Mendes - Mendes appeared in Will Smith's video "Miami" and the Pet Shop Boys' music video for "Se a vida é " in 1996 and Aerosmith's video "Hole in My Soul" in 1997

 

The single was released on 19 February 1996, with Pet Shop Boys joining Bowie to perform the song on the BRIT awards and "Top of the Pops" add something

 

In December 1996, Neil appeared live with Suede, singing the Suede song "Saturday Night" as a duet with Brett Anderson and Pet Shop Boys track "Rent" add something


1997

Pet Shop Boys kicked off Summer 1997 with a sold-out three-week residency at the Savoy Theatre, in London, in June add something

 

The 1997 B-side "How I Learned to Hate Rock and Roll", and their 1991 songs "DJ Culture" and "How can you expect to be taken seriously-" continued this sentiment add something

 

Both live tracks were released with the Suede single "Filmstar" in July 1997 add something


1998

This was demonstrated through mailing list discussions from 1998 onwards, in which fans voiced concern over the "most commercially promising selection and marketing of singles" for the then-upcoming "Nightlife", and debated the quality of the then-recent "Bilingual", spurred by the album's poorer performance in sales add something


2000

Glastonbury Festival - The tour took them to the United States, Canada, Japan, Europe and the UK. In the Summer of 2000, they played a series of festival dates in Europe, including a performance at the Glastonbury Festival, where they performed on the main stage, on Saturday night, at 9:30 pm, to a triumphant reception add something

 

In 2000, they won their third Ivor Novello award, honouring their "Outstanding Contribution" to music add something

 

Throughout 2000, they continued to work on their musical and in May they started workshopping the project and finalising the plot and songs to be used add something


2001

In 2001, music theorist Fred Maus wrote that, contrary to the ideologies of anti-commercialism and authenticity embodied by "serious" discussions of popular music such as rock, Pet Shop Boys fans exhibit "an undisguised love of commercial success" add something

 

Pet Shop Boys attempted to organise and perform in a planned 2001 tour of out gay musicians, titled "Wotapalava" add something

 

The musical, "Closer to Heaven", opened at the Arts Theatre in London, in 2001, with financial backing from Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group add something

 

Joss Ackland - Ackland, in a 2001 interview with the BBC, admitting to being forced to make "awful films" due to being a workaholic, said that he "regretted" appearing in "Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey" and the Pet Shop Boys music video, while lambasting former co-star Demi Moore as "not very bright or talented"

 

Frances Barber - With Pet Shop Boys, she starred in their musical "Closer to Heaven" in 2001 as well as guest singer for the song "Friendly Fire" on their 2006 live concert at the Mermaid Theatre

 

Reviews were mixed and although the run was initially extended, it closed earlier than expected, due to poor ticket sales, in October 2001 add something


2002

In 2002, they released the modestly successful album "Release" add something


2003

In 2003, Pet Shop Boys launched two new labels, Olde English Vinyl and Lucky Kunst, their Spaghetti Records label becoming defunct add something

 

They remixed Yoko Ono's "Walking on Thin Ice" in 2003 and Rammstein's "Mein Teil" in 2004 add something

 

Following a live stint on the John Peel show on Radio 1, Pet Shop Boys released "Disco 3", in February 2003 add something


2004

The first release on Olde English Vinyl was Atomizer's "Hooked on Radiation", followed by Pete Burns' "Jack and Jill Party" in 2004 add something

 

In September 2004, Pet Shop Boys appeared at a free concert in Trafalgar Square in London, where they performed, with the Dresdner Sinfoniker orchestra, a whole new soundtrack to accompany the seminal 1925 silent film "Battleship Potemkin" add something

 

In November 2004, Pet Shop Boys played at the Prince's Trust concert titled "Produced by Trevor Horn" with other artists who had worked with famous British producer Trevor Horn, including Grace Jones, ABC, Seal and Frankie Goes to Hollywood add something

 

In November 2004, "The Daily Telegraph" newspaper placed Pet Shop Boys version of "Always on My Mind" at number two in a list of the fifty greatest cover versions of all time add something


2005

Also in 2005, Pet Shop Boys were asked to put together the twentieth release in the "Back to Mine" series, an ongoing anthology showcasing artists' favourite music selections, with an emphasis on afterhours chill-out music add something

 

In 2005, Pet Shop Boys was selected as the headline act for the Moscow Live 8 concert, in Red Square add something

 

DJ Fresh - Fresh has worked with artists ranging from Pet Shop Boys, DJ Shadow, Apollo 440 to Andy C and Grooverider, and has held a working relationship with the drum and bass group Pendulum, whom he signed to Breakbeat Kaos in 2005

 

Matt Lucas - His music video appearances include; the Damien Hirst-directed video for Blur's "Country House", "Jesusland" by Ben Folds in 2005, "I'm with Stupid" by the Pet Shop Boys and "Vindaloo" and "Naughty Christmas" by Fat Les

 

There were four further live performances of the work with the Dresdner Sinfoniker in Germany in September 2005 add something

 

The "Battleship Potemkin" soundtrack was released on 5 September 2005 add something

 

In October 2005, a Swedish tribute band called West End Girls had a number three hit single in their home country, with a cover version of "Domino Dancing" add something

 

Madonna's album "Confessions on a Dance Floor", released November 2005, includes a track called "Jump", which has close similarities to "West End Girls" add something


2006

During 2006, Pet Shop Boys worked with Robbie Williams on his then-new album, "Rudebox", producing two tracks: a cover version of "We're the Pet Shop Boys", written by My Robot Friend and "She's Madonna", a duet with Tennant, allegedly about Guy Ritchie's affair with Tania Strecker, prior to his relationship with Madonna add something

 

During the latter part of 2006 and early 2007, Neil Tennant served as executive producer on Rufus Wainwright's new album, "Release the Stars", recorded in Berlin add something

 

In 2006, both Tennant and Lowe were seen on stage and in photographs wearing clothes designed by Hedi Slimane/Dior Homme add something

 

Madonna has used their version in her 2006 "Confessions" tour add something

 

Madonna subsequently used the Pet Shop Boys' remix, including Tennant's vocals, on her 2006 Confessions Tour add something

 

Pet Shop Boys began 2006 remixing Madonna's single "Sorry", for release in February add something

 

In January 2006, they released their own version of "West End Girls" and an album was released in June add something

 

Rufus Wainwright - In May 2006, Wainwright was one of three guests to star with the Pet Shop Boys in a concert at London's Mermaid Theatre

 

On 1 May 2006, "Battleship Potemkin" was performed at the Swan Hunter shipyard, in Newcastle upon Tyne, with Pet Shop Boys accompanied by the Northern Sinfonia orchestra add something

 

Neil Tennant - Wainwright made a special appearance performing the track "Casanova In Hell" at a live Pet Shop Boys show at the Mermaid Theatre, London on 8 May 2006

 

Trevor Horn - On 22 May 2006, the Pet Shop Boys released their album "Fundamental" which was produced by Horn

 

Pet Shop Boys began a worldwide tour in support of "Fundamental" in June 2006 in Norway add something

 

A 90 minute "director's cut" of the concert aired on BBC 6 Music, on 28 August 2006 add something

 

Between 15 June and 10 September 2006, Pet Shop Boys played a series of concert dates across Europe, mainly at assorted festivals and outdoor venues add something

 

In October 2006, British art publisher Thames & Hudson published a 336-page hardcover book titled "Pet Shop Boys Catalogue", by Chris Heath and Philip Hoare, showcasing the group's accomplishments in artwork, design and music add something

 

The original broadcast was less than an hour in duration; a 140-minute version was released on DVD in October 2006 add something

 

On 10 October 2006, Pet Shop Boys embarked on the North and Central American leg of their world tour, which took them through Canada, the United States and Mexico, concluding on 16 November add something

 

On 23 October 2006, "Concrete" was released add something

 

To coincide with the publication of "Catalogue", a small exhibition of portraits of Pet Shop Boys opened in the Bookshop Gallery of London's National Portrait Gallery, on 30 October 2006 and ran to 28 February 2007 add something

 

It was recorded on 14 November 2006, in the Auditorio Nacional, and was directed by David Barnard add something

 

On 7 December 2006, Pet Shop Boys were nominated for two 2007 Grammy awards add something


2007

In February 2007, Pet Shop Boys' 'Stars Are Blazing' remix of The Killers' "Read My Mind" was released add something

 

Pet Shop Boys continued their world tour, albeit with a slightly different production and set-list, on 14 March 2007, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil played concerts in Argentina, Chile, New Zealand and Australia , Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Germany, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Denmark, Ireland, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Belgium and Singapore add something

 

New York Dolls - V Festival - In April 2007, the band played in Australia and New Zealand, appearing at the V Festival with Pixies, Pet Shop Boys, &Gnarls_Barkley, Beck, Jarvis Cocker and Phoenix

 

A DVD of the show in Mexico City was released on 21 May 2007, titled "Cubism" add something

 

On 8 October 2007, Pet Shop Boys released "Disco 4", the latest in their series of remix albums; the fourth in the set differed in that it was largely made up of remixes, completed by Pet Shop Boys, of other artists' work over the past decade add something

 

The Fundamental tour ended in Bucharest, Romania, in November 2007 add something


2008

Pet Shop Boys completed their next album in late 2008 add something

 

On October 2008, Pet Shop Boys released the single "I'm in Love with a German Film Star" featuring famous British photographer Sam Taylor-Wood on vocals add something


2009

A new official website was released in 2009 following the new album and tour add something

 

Philip Oakey - In early 2009 Oakey collaborated with Pet Shop Boys on their tenth studio album "Yes", supplying vocals for the intended bonus disc song "This Used to Be the Future"

 

Unicorn Kid - In mid 2009, Sabin remixed the Pet Shop Boys single "Did You See Me Coming-"

 

Stuart Price - Price previously produced the medley Pet Shop Boys performed at the 2009 BRIT *awards, upon their being lauded with the Outstanding Contribution To Music statue

 

Pet Shop Boys appeared on Girls Aloud's new album "Out of Control", collaborating on the Top-10 track "The Loving Kind", released on 12 January 2009 as a single add something

 

Recorded with Xenomania and released in UK on 23 March 2009, "Yes" was a critical success and hit No. 4 in the UK, their highest album chart position in more than a decade add something

 

On 10 June 2009, Pet Shop Boys started the summer leg of their Pandemonium Tour in Saint Petersburg, Russia and ended on 21 July 2009 in Tel Aviv, Israel, playing the Manchester Apollo and a sold-out gig at O2 Arena on 18 and 19 June 2009 respectively add something

 

The second leg of the tour started on 29 August 2009 at the Metropolis, in Montreal, Canada add something

 

On 4 November 2009, Pet Shop Boys celebrated the Brazilian leg of the tour by releasing a compilation titled "Party", including songs that were heavily featured in the following TV Globo soap operas: "Being boring" , "Domino dancing" , "West End Girls" and "King of Rome" add something

 

On 14 December 2009, Pet Shop Boys released an EP of covers, remixes, and new material, titled "Christmas" add something

 

It contains the soundtrack and footage recorded from their 21 December 2009 show at the O2 Arena in London add something


2010

In January 2010, it was announced through the band's Twitter profile that they were back in the studio recording add something

 

On 15 February 2010, Pet Shop Boys released a live album/DVD double-pack called "Pandemonium" add something

 

In April 2010, as part of Record Store Day 2010 celebrations, Pet Shop Boys released their version of "Love life", a song they originally recorded during the "Release" sessions in 2001 and subsequently gave to Swedish band Alcazar add something

 

In June 2010 Pet Shop Boys headlined the Other Stage on the Saturday evening of the Glastonbury Festival and were heralded as dazzling with "one of the most spectacular Glastonbury moments ever add something

 

On 15 November 2010, tickets went on sale for the Pet Shop Boys' second foray into British theatre, this time for a ballet add something


2011

An adaptation of "The Most Incredible Thing", a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen, opened at Sadlers Wells in London on 17 March 2011 add something

 

On 4 April 2011, it was announced that Pet Shop Boys would tour with Take That on their Progress Live tour, and that while doing so, they would be writing new songs add something

 

On 28 September 2011, Pet Shop Boys announced that they had written 16 songs for their next studio album and expected to start recording the new songs in November 2011 for release in Autumn 2012 add something


2012

Madeleine (cake) - This in turn was referenced by Pet Shop Boys in the track "Memory of the Future" from their 2012 album Elysium, which contains the lyrics:

 

In January 2012, Pet Shop Boys announced on their official website that they had started recording their new album in Los Angeles with producer Andrew Dawson add something

 

"Format" entered the UK charts at No.26 on 12 February 2012 add something

 

On 9 June 2012, a film by renowned Los Angeles artist/film-maker Brian Bress for the album track "Invisible" began to be circulated on the web and was posted to the official site and the band's YouTube page on 11 June, at which time "Elysium" was revealed to be name of the new album add something

 

On 25 June 2012, "Winner" was revealed as the title of the first single from the new album "Elysium" add something

 

On 27 June 2012, Pet Shop Boys performed three songs before the Olympic tennis games in Henman Hill, Wimbledon: "Always On My Mind", "What Have I Done to Deserve This-", and "Winner" add something

 

On 28 June 2012, Pet Shop Boys announced release date and the complete track listing for "Elysium", produced in Los Angeles during 2012 by Andrew Dawson and Pet Shop Boys, released in September on Parlophone/EMI add something

 

It premiered on the Ken Bruce Show on BBC Radio 2 on 2 July 2012 add something

 

The band's eleventh studio album, titled "Elysium" , was released in September 2012, the first single of which, titled "Winner", was released on 2 July 2012 add something

 

Pet Shop Boys performed "West End Girls" in the closing ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games on 12 August 2012 add something

 

"Elysium" was released in the UK on 10 September 2012 and in other countries the weeks before and after add something

 

In December 2012, Pet Shop Boys played a free concert in the recently opened MediaCityUK & BBC facilities accompanied by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and the Manchester Chamber Choir add something

 

The album's third single, "Memory of the Future" was released in December 2012 add something


2013

The 2013 Electric World Tour, which commenced in Mexico in March, is a collaboration with creative director/designer Es Devlin and stage director/choreographer Lynne Page add something

 

Michael Nyman - In 2013, it was sampled in the Pet Shop Boys single "Love Is a Bourgeois Construct", produced by Stuart Price

 

Henry Purcell - In 2013, the Pet Shop Boys released their single Love Is a Bourgeois Construct incorporating one of the same ground basses from King Arthur used by Nyman in his Draughtsman's Contract score

 

On 14 March 2013, the duo officially left Parlophone after 28 years and entered into a new arrangement with Kobalt Label Services for their 12th studio album that will be the band's first release on their own music label 'x2' add something

 

The twelfth album, entitled "Electric", was released on 12 July 2013 add something

 

Smart Araneta Coliseum - New Wave duo, Pet Shop Boys performed at the venue as part of their Electric Tour on August 6, 2013


2014

On 23 July 2014, the Pet Shop Boys new work "A Man from the Future" received its world premiere at the 2014 BBC Proms add something

 

Alan Turing - "A Man from the Future" was performed by the Pet Shop Boys and Juliet Stevenson , the & BBC Singers, and the BBC Concert Orchestra conducted by Dominic Wheeler at the BBC Proms in Royal Albert Hall on 23 July 2014

 

In August 2014, the Pet Shop Boys appeared in the BBC Radio 4 series "The Archers" as last-minute headliners at the fictional festival Loxfest add something

 

On 6 September 2014, it was announced on the duo's website that they plan to begin work on their thirteenth studio album in November add something


2015

On 15 August 2015 the Pet Shop Boys mentioned on their web site that their new album would be released March/April 2016 add something

 

Pet Shop Boys are scheduled to perform on stage with South Korean girl group f at the end of the year MAMA awards on December 2, 2015 add something


2016

On 21 January 2016, the Pet Shop Boys announced that their thirteenth album, "Super", would be released on 1 April add something

 

The lead single from the new album will be "The Pop Kids" and will be released on 18 March 2016 add something

 

Royal Opera House - In July 2016, they performed the 'Inner Sanctum' tour, for four nights at the Royal Opera House in London add something

 

The subsequent Super Tour started in October 2016 add something


2017

Previously released 'Further Listening' albums will be remastered for 2017, and will be released towards the end of the same year add something

 

On 31 August 2017, the Pet Shop Boys announced that the reissues for 'Yes' and 'Elysium' will be released on 20 October 2017 add something


2018

Previously released 'Further Listening' albums will be remastered for 2018, with 'Please', 'Actually' and 'Introspective' reissues being released on 2 March 2018 add something

 

The fourth and final batch of reissues - 'Behaviour', 'Very' and 'Bilingual' - was released on 31 August 2018 add something

 

On 4 September 2018, Pet Shop Boys announced on their official Facebook page, that writing the next studio album would continue through September add something


2019

The yet-untitled album is being produced by Stuart Price, and it is expected to be released in the second half of 2019, with a tour following due summer 2020 add something

 

On 29 January 2019, Pet Shop Boys announced a live album/DVD/Blu-ray release called "Inner Sanctum" add something

 

On 5 February 2019, Pet Shop Boys announced a new EP called "Agenda" add something

 

It contains 4 brand new songs that has been produced by Tim Powell and Pet Shop Boys, and was released on 8 February 2019 add something