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”.
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.
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
'What Have I Done to Deserve This?' debuts on the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart (as opposed to the overall pop singles chart, on which the record is also charting), where it will eventually reach #14 to become the Boys' biggest U.S. Adult Contemporary hit.
Neil, who up to this point has never learned to drive, has his first driving lesson today.
This evening The BRITs Hits 30 airs on U.K. television, replaying memorable performances from BRITs Awards shows over the past three decades. The Pet Shop Boys' rendition of 'Go West' accompanied by a chorus of Welsh miners is among the segments featured. A brief interview with Chris and Neil is included as well. Afterward the public can vote online for their all-time favorite BRITs Awards performance.
They note on their official website that they're in the studio today working on their upcoming 'Alan Turing project,' A Man from the Future.
An auction begins today on eBay to benefit the St. Mungo's Broadway charity, which works to help homeless men and women in the United Kingdom. Among the celebrities who have provided hats to be auctioned off are Neil and Chris, who donated hats they wore onstage during their Electric Tour.