David Byrne

I really enjoyed David Byrne’s exhilarating and beautifully staged show tonight at Hammersmith Apollo. Neil x

Oxford

It was a pleasure to visit Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University, on Friday and be interviewed by the principal, Alan Rusbridger, in front of an audience of students, academics and visitors. There were also some good questions afterwards from the audience! Neil x

Neil on the radio

Neil talked to BBC 6 Music recently about returning to the Royal Opera House and songwriting in Berlin. Listen at the link below.

Classic Pop

Classic Pop magazine has just published a 132-page special issue devoted to Pet Shop Boys. Full details about it and where to purchase it can be found at the link below.

Modern Nature

Derek Jarman wearing a pointy hat several years before us! His vivid and personal diary, “Modern Nature”, has just been republished in paperback and covers the years 1989-1990 (during which he directed our first tour).

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

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