April 2015

On April 22, the Pet Shop Boys musical Closer to Heaven is performed in London for the first time in fourteen years, in a sold-out month-long run at The Union Theatre. (It will return for a further five weeks beginning on October 21.). For this revival, at the Pet Shop Boys’ request, the musical’s original final number, “Positive role model”, is replaced by “Vocal”.

August 2015

On August 15, the final date of the much-extended Electric tour – which began in March, 2013 – takes place at the Flow Festival in Helsinki. The tour has visited over forty countries.

December 2015

On December 2, the Pet Shop Boys appear at MAMA – the Mnet Asian Music Awards – in Hong Kong. They are given the Worldwide Inspiration award and play a lengthy live medley, joined for their final two songs, “What have I done to deserve this?” and “Vocal”, by the K-Pop artist f(x). At the organisers’ request, they wear the Electric tour straw jackets for, possibly, the final time.

On This Day

1996

The Boys perform 'Hallo Spaceboy' with David Bowie at the BRITS Awards. The same day, their production of the song is released as Bowie's new single.

1997

Neil records in his diary that Chris is in bed with a hangover.

2006

The webmaster of this site, Wayne Studer, is interviewed in West Hollywood for the documentary Pet Shop Boys - A Life in Pop. (Robbie Williams is also interviewed there earlier that same day.)

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