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 8 Osaka
July 9 Nagoya
July 14 Birmingham
July 15 Birmingham
July 17 Glasgow
July 19 London
July 21 London This is what the South China Morning
Post (Hong Kong's principal English language newspaper)
said about the first night:
British 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 concert.
Despite 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,
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.
High 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.
Directed 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.
The 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.
Throughout 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.
By 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.
"It 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
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
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