Over 25 years after the release of their worldwide hit ‘West End Girls’, Pet Shop Boys return in grand style, setting the record for the most number 1’s on Billboard Magazine’s Dance/Club chart among groups with ‘Love Etc.’ the first single off their acclaimed album Yes. It’s the ninth time the band has hit the top spot, vaunting over fellow electro-pop veterans Depeche Mode. Yes, the band’s first album on Astralwerks and tenth album overall, debuted at an impressive No. 32 on the Billboard 200, achieving the act’s highest position on that chart since 1993’s Very debuted at No. 20.
Earlier this year the duo performed at the Brit Awards, sharing the stage with admirers Lady Gaga and Brandon Flowers (The Killers), and receiving an outstanding contribution to music award. The band will be bringing their celebrated stage show to the states this September. Dubbed the ‘Pandemonium’ tour, the dates will be filled with wild surprises and extravagant fun, in which ‘every night is Friday night’ according to Pet Shop Boys keyboardist Chris Lowe. A recent poster contest for the tour garnered nearly 700 entries.
The London Financial Times have noted that Pet Shop Boys ‘pride themselves on mounting artful visual spectaculars: previous tours were co-designed with the likes of Derek Jarman, Zaha Hadid and Sam Taylor-Wood.’ And in the words of the Guardian UK, ‘this extraordinary show both consolidates and extends the Pet Shop Boys’ multifaceted appeal…It’s an art gallery, musical, gay disco and pop concert in one…This show is a triumph of staging and pop’s ability to entertain, move and subvert.’