April 1984

The first version of 'West End girls' is released. It is a club hit in Los Angeles and San Francisco and a small hit in France and Belgium.

April 1984

October 1984

They make their first ever stage appearance at the Fridge Nightclub in Brixton, singing and playing over tapes.

On This Day

1986

The Pet Shop Boys appear on the popular syndicated U.S. TV show Soul Train, which generally focuses on 'black' music and rarely features 'white' artists. They perform 'West End Girls' and 'Opportunities.'

2002

They appear on the syndicated U.S. television show Regis & Kelly.

2005

Neil and Chris meet with Yoko Ono to discuss performing with her at the Meltdown Festival.

2006

The documentary Pet Shop Boys - A Life in Pop debuts on U.K. television Channel 4. (The webmaster of this site makes a few brief appearances in it as a commentator.)

2007

The U.K. leg of the Fundamental tour begins with a show in Gateshead. It's virtually a 'hometown crowd' for Neil, who was born in nearby Bruntun Park and spent most of his childhood in the area.

2010

The Boys and their tour entourage are at Elmstree Studios in Borehamwood, near London, rehearsing in preparation for their upcoming summer concerts.

2013

They headline at the Babylon Soundgarden Festival in Istanbul. Proceeds from the festival will be donated to a charity benefiting families of the victims of the recent Soma mine disaster—the worst mine disaster in Turkish history.

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