Annually sold out

Although more copies were printed than last year’s edition, “Annually 2018” has now sold out. Thanks to everyone who ordered one. All copies were dispatched yesterday – obviously arrival dates will vary depending on the destination.

Easter

Happy Easter from rainy England! Neil x (Photo in The Salisbury Museum, Salisbury)

Charlotte

Congratulations to Javier De Frutos and the Charlotte Ballet company for a thrilling American premiere performance of “The Most Incredible Thing” last night. And thanks to the fabulous audience for responding with such warmth. Performances continue for another week. Neil x Photo: Larry Hosner

New York Times

Link below to an interview with Neil and Javier De Frutos in today’s New York Times about the American premiere of “The Most Incredible Thing” in Charlotte.

The Quietus

Nice review of the latest three reissues from The Quietus. Link below.

Javier De Frutos

Check out a new interview with choregrapher Javier De Frutos about his collaboration with Pet Shop Boys on the ballet, "The Most Incredible Thing", which gets its USA premiere this week. Link below.

USA ballet premiere

USA ballet premiere

It’s less than a week until the American premiere of “The Most Incredible Thing” in Charlotte, North Carolina. Links below to rehearsal footage and a newspaper feature.

Sold out

All tickets have now been sold for the four concerts in July at the Royal Opera House.

Anatomy of a song

The Wall Street Journal explores the writing and recording of “Being boring”. Link below.

Jóhann Jóhannsson

Jóhann Jóhannsson

So sad to learn that our friend the brilliant composer and artist Jóhann Jóhannsson has passed away. He made so much beautiful music. I hoped we might work together at some point. Sincerest condolences to his family and loved ones. Neil x

2018

Happy New Year! Neil x

Liza reissued

Interesting article at the link below about Liza Minnelli’s PSB-produced album, “Results”, which was recently reissued.

One-Way Street

Sometimes when you need an idea for a song you just look at the book shelves… Neil x (The song “One-way street” is on Fundamental Further listening.)

Annually questions

We're going to be working with Chris Heath soon on the next issue of our yearbook, Annually, and we'd like to answer some of your questions in it. If you have a question for us, send it in an email by Friday, December 8th, to info@beckerbrown.com (Alternatively, you could leave a question on Facebook or Twitter.) Details of how to pre-order your copy of Annually will be on this site soon.

Mining Art Gallery

Mining Art Gallery

Just visited the excellent new Mining Art Gallery in Bishop Auckland, Durham, which shows the artwork of coalminers who vividly depicted their hard and often dangerous lives. Neil x Painting by Ted Holloway

Richard Blade

Legendary radio DJ Richard Blade who championed Pet Shop Boys on KROQ in Southern California in the 80s (and ever since) has written a memoir of life in the music world of the 70s, 80s and beyond. It’s out this week and there’s a chapter on PSB. Full details at the link below.

Hi everyone. Thank you so much for all your very kind birthday wishes. And the 12,000 of you singing Happy Birthday in Mexico City was incredibly moving. We’ve really enjoyed touring the Super show and hopefully we’ll see you again soon. Lots of love, Chris xx (Sorry there’s no picture. I tried taking a “selfie” but it’s just not good enough!)

Breakfest, Medellín

Breakfest, Medellín

What a great end to the 2017 Super Tour. Gracias, Medellín! Photo: Instagram/alefunky76

Mexico City

A wonderful night for us in Mexico City. Thanks to all you amazing Mexican Petheads! x Photo from backstage by Dani Dowden

Monterrey

Thanks for the very warm welcome in Monterrey last night. Great to be back in Mexico! Photo: Monterrey Rocks

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