Veteran British electronic duo Pet Shop Boys has lined up a spring/summer world tour due to kick off May 14 in Miami. The trek crosses over to Europe beginning June 12 in Madrid and concludes with 12 dates in the group’s U.K. home base. It comes in support of the pair’s eighth EMI studio album, “Release,” which debuts this week at No. 5 on the European Top 100 Albums chart. The set is due April 23 in North America.
As previously reported, the group’s planned Wotapalava tour was canceled last July due to poor ticket sales and the failure to find a new headlining act after Sinead O’Connor backed out of the event just hours before the tour’s official announcement.
“Release” will be available in North America in four limited-edition versions. Each will come with different artwork and will be accompanied by a bonus disc featuring three remixes of first single “Home and Dry” as well as five non-album tracks and the “slow version” of “Closer to Heaven.”
Wednesday (April 17), the U.K. show “Top of the Pops” will host a special edition dedicated entirely to the Pet Shop Boys. Beginning at 7:05 p.m. GMT, BBC2 will air the group’s biggest hits, starting with its 1986 signature tune “West End Girls” all the way up to “I Get Along” from the new album. Interview segments with Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe talking about the featured songs will air between clips.
The duo of vocalist Tennant and keyboardist Lowe formed 20 years ago and have maintained a steady pace with albums such as 1988’s “Introspective,” 1993’s “Very” (which debuted at No. 20 on The Billboard 200), and 1996’s “Bilingual.” The group’s most recent set was 1999’s “Nightlife,” the release of which spurred the group onto its first U.S. tour in eight years.