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March 2011

On March 14 a double-CD of the music from the ballet The Most Incredible Thing is released under the name Tennant/Lowe. It contains the full performance score of the ballet with orchestrations by Sven Helbig.

2011 March

On March 17 the ballet The Most Incredible Thing has its first public performance at Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London. Its genesis can be traced back to a week in where, by chance, two initially unrelated events took place. Ivan Putrov, a principal dancer at the Royal Ballet whom the Pet Shop Boys had got to know through Sam Taylor-Wood, called Neil to ask whether they would write a piece for him to dance to. Two days later, before Neil had even had a chance to ask Chris, Chris called to say that he’d just read a story in a new translation of Hans Christian Andersen’s tales that he thought would make a great ballet: “The Most Incredible Thing”. This eventually led to the Sadler’s Wells production, choreographed by Javier de Frutos and starring Ivan Putrov, Clemmie Sveaas and Aaron Sillis. All ten performances sell out.

May 2011

On May 27 the Pet Shop Boys appear at the Sunderland Stadium of Light, joining Take That at their invitation as “special guests” on their first reunion concerts as a five-piece on what will be the biggest British tour ever – 29 British stadium shows – followed by a short European leg. “45 minutes of intensity,” says Chris.

December 2011

On December 31 the Pet Shop Boys appear at a New Year’s Eve concert on an island in Sydney Harbour.

On this day


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


The Pet Shop Boys perform at the Glastonbury Festival.


The Boys perform in Munich.


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.


The Boys perform at Spain’s Santander Festival.


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


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


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


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).’


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.


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


They perform at the First Direct Arena in Leeds.