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“The Pet Shop Boys are among the finest British songwriters to emerge from the Eighties…”

British synth-pop icons PET SHOP BOYS are set to return to North America with a major tour late this fall supporting their recently released new album, Fundamental. The duo of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, who have only been making sporadic concert appearances during the last few years, have mapped out a full-on blitz this summer, with a full slate of European shows leading up to their autumnal North American dates. The duo's trek through North America will begin with an Oct. 10 show in Montreal. The 23-city slate includes stops in major cities across the continent, ending with a pair of Mexico dates in mid-November. The European tour kicks off Wednesday (June 28) in London, with the first of two shows that will find the band playing in a specially constructed venue built in the moat surrounding the Tower of London. Fundamental, the band's ninth studio album, and first since 2002's Release, hit stores in June. The album contains 11 new originals penned by the duo, as well as a Dianne Warren composition, "Numb." The disc was produced by Trevor Horn (Paul McCartney, Tina Turner). As documented by ArtistDirect.com, “Postmodern ironists cloaked behind a veil of buoyantly melodic and lushly romantic synth pop confections, the Pet Shop Boys' cheeky, smart, and utterly danceable music established them among the most commercially and critically successful groups of their era. Always remaining one step ahead of their contemporaries, the British duo navigated the constantly shifting landscape of modern dance-pop with rare grace and intelligence, moving easily from disco to house to techno with their own distinctive image remaining completely intact. Satiric and irreverent -- yet somehow strangely affecting -- the Pet Shop Boys transcended the seeming disposability of their craft, offering wry and thoughtful cultural commentary communicated by the Morse code of au courant synth washes and drum-machine rhythms.”

Tickets are $35.00, $42.50 and $62.50 (floor 21+) plus applicable service charges and go on sale Friday, September 22 at 10 a.m. and are available online at ticketmaster.com or hob.com, at all Ticketmaster outlets or charge by phone at (206) 628-0888

Official Website: http://hob.com/tickets/eventdetail.asp?eventid=41527

Added by sherylvanslyke on October 20, 2006

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