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24 July 2014

Last night's Prom

Pet Shop Boys performed the world premiere of “A Man From The Future”, their evocation of the life of computer pioneer Alan Turing, last night at the Royal Albert Hall in London before a sell-out audience. The work is in eight sections which were narrated by actress Juliet Stevenson:
1. Natural wonders every child should know
2. He dreamed of machines
3. The Enigma
4. Other ranks
5. The memory and the control
6. The trial
7. Only in his death
8. A man from the future
The voice of former British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, was heard in the last section, recorded especially for this performance. Juliet Stevenson narrated from within a specially constructed booth to ensure vocal clarity over the music. The BBC Concert Orchestra and the BBC Singers were conducted by Dominic Wheeler. Neil Tennant sang alongside the BBC Singers while Chris Lowe played keyboards and electronics behind him and next to PSB programmer Pete Gleadall. The sound for the concert was mixed by PSB sound engineer, Holger Schwark. At the end of the performance the audience gave a standing ovation and Neil, Chris, Dominic Wheeler and Juliet Stevenson were joined onstage by Turing biographer and PSB collaborator, Andrew Hodges, and orchestrator Sven Helbig.
Before this, the audience heard the live premiere of the “Overture to ‘Performance’”, arranged by Richard Niles for the 1991 PSB tour, and then “Four songs in A minor”, arranged by Angelo Badalamenti and sung by Chrissie Hynde. The four songs were: “Love is a catastrophe”, “Later tonight”, “Vocal” and “Rent”. The last song was performed as a duet with Neil Tennant.
The entire concert was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and introduced by Sara Mohr-Pietsch. In the transition between “Four songs” and “A Man From The Future”, an interview with Andrew Hodges was broadcast. The entire programme can be heard for the next 30 days on the BBC iPlayer (link below).

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24 July 2014
Last night's Prom

The Tennant/Lowe/Hodges tribute to Turing is premiered.

23 July 2014
A Man From The Future

The world premiere at the BBC Proms in London takes place tonight.

19 July 2014
Taiwan

PSB announce a new tour date in Taiwan.

7 July 2014
Malaysia

Pet Shop Boys announce their first ever concert in Malaysia with an Electric show in September.

2 July 2014
Second Sage show announced

Another Electric concert is added in Gateshead this September.

Pet Texts

26 July 2014
Turin

Touring, Turing and Turin all in the same week! Neil x

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On this day

2002: Continuing their Release world tour, Neil and Chris are in transit from yesterday's performance in Nigita, Japan, to tomorrow's performance in Singapore.

2008: Human League singer Phil Oakey records his guest vocals for 'This Used to Be the Future.'

2012: The Pet Shop Boys perform a three-song set at Wimbledon before the start of the Olympics tennis matches there. With specially prepared backdrop videos, they perform 'Always on My Mind,' 'What Have I Done to Deserve This?' and their new single 'Winner.'

Lyric of the day

I can remember planning for leisure
living in peace and freedom from fear
Science had promised to make us a new world
religion and prejudice disappear
I can remember when this was the future
where it was gonna be at back then
Now religion and nuclear energy
have united to threaten. Oh God! Amen.

From This used to be the future

Facts courtesy of geowayne.com