The Pet Shop Boys tour began on June 25th when the Pet Shop Boys and entourage
flew to Hong Kong, and ended on the morning of July 22nd after an all-night
party, called bingobangobongo at London's Westway studios. In total Neil
and Chris played 14 dates, as follows:
une 29 Hong Kong
June 30 Hong Kong
July 4 Tokyo
July 5 Tokyo
July 6 Tokyo
July 8 Osaka
July 9 Nagoya
July 13 Birmingham
July 14 Birmingham
July 15 Birmingham
July 17 Glasgow
July 19 London
July20 London July 21 London This is what the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong's
principal English language newspaper) said about the first night:
pop duo Pet Shop Boy's captivated Hong Kong Coliseum crowd last night
with a spectacular blend of music, dance and theater in their world debut
playing to a slightly disappointing crowd of approximately 5,700 (75 per
cent capacity), the duo and an entourage of backing singers and dancers
turned on an electrifying performance, In
the course of a setting one hour and 40 minutes die duo - Hong Kong's
second most popular Western act after Madonna - performed total of l6
songs, including two encores.
camp and fancy' dress was the order of the day' with singer Neil Tennant
completing almost a dozen changes of costume as the concert swept from
theme to theme.
by savant garde British film director Derek Jarman, who also contributed
a film background for several songs, the concert at times resembled a
stage musical more than a rock concert.
show began with band and entourage clad in glittering raincoats and reached
climax with a rendition of the song "It's A Sin "which safety
stage occupied by massive dolls and Tennant dressed in ornate robes and
crown, clutching a trident.
the concert, 22-year-old British jazz musician Courtney' Pine gave the
music a classy edge with superb work on the saxophone, while a well choreographed
dance troupe also excelled The
notoriously conservative Hong Kong crowd also got into the swing of things
after a start through which it had sat not quite sure how to respond to
the pageant unraveling on stage.
the time the group played a cover version of the Elvis Priestly-song 'Always
On My Mind" they' were dancing in the aisles and stayed that was'
until the concert ended with two encores, "West End Girls "and
"It's Airtight". 'And
they said it would never happen," joked singer Tennant after the
show as the band and entourage settled down to a party.
was very enjoyable, --we were thrilled and the audience was ideal "I
think they showed it is a show to be watched but also to be danced to."
specialist Chris Lowe, who delighted the crowd by taking lead vocals and
performing a dance routine during the song "Paninaro "said he
was relieved it had all gone so well. "IT was surpassingly enjoyable
but nerve racking in places. "Was his verdict. According to promoter
Andrew Bull, tonight's second show should be a sell Out In
Britain the tour was greeted rudely in the Sunday Times, The Times and
the Daily Telegraph but other- wise praised.
Neil and Chris were very
happy with how the tour ,vent, and though no firm plans have yet been
made it is likely that they will do a tour in some countries in 1990.
If so, it will be a completely new production. A book largely based around
this tour will appear late next spring; there will be more details in
the next issue of Literally'.
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