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History

August 1981

On August 19th, Neil and Chris meet by chance in an electronics shop on the Kings Road. Realizing they have a common interest in dance music, they begin to write together. Initially they call themselves West End; later they come up with the name Pet Shop Boys, a name derived from some friends who work in a pet shop in Ealing. “We thought it sounded like an English rap group”.

On this day

1995

Chris and Neil fly to New York to work with Danny Tenaglia.

2000

The Pet Shop Boys perform at the Glastonbury Festival.

2002

The Boys perform in Munich.

2004

Neil is one of many celebrity guests attending the 6th Annual White Tie and Tiara Summer Ball to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation at Elton’s estate in Windsor, U.K.

2006

The Boys perform at Spain’s Santander Festival.

2009

The Pandemonium Tour comes to the Palladium in Köln (Cologne), Germany.

2011

The third and final Glasgow PSB/Take That concert takes place this evening.

2014

Working in Berlin, Chris and Neil spend the whole day writing a new song titled ‘Monkey Business.’

2017

They perform this evening at the Tinderbox Festival in Odense, Denmark. Afterward, Neil describes it on their website as a ‘great night… (if a little chilly).’

2019

Neil and Chris work on newly corrected German lyrics for ‘Ich bin Musik,’ and then, with Pete Gleadall, discuss the mixes of the tracks for My Beautiful Laundrette.

2022

The Boys perform a charity concert at the Electric Ballroom in London.

2023

They perform at the First Direct Arena in Leeds.