Pet Shop Boys at The Jackie Gleason Theatre September 12th!

If you were around in the mid 80’s you most likely couldn’t avoid hearing one London’s biggest groups on the radio: The Pet Shop Boys. The year was 1985 and their first break out hit “West End Girls” played from London to Los Angeles and everywhere in between.

The early years: Starting out, the two called themselves West End because of their love of London’s West End, but later they came up with the name Pet Shop Boys, derived from friends of theirs who worked in a pet shop in Ealing.

Their big break came in August 1983, when Tennant was assigned by Smash Hits to interview The Police in New York. The duo were obsessed with a stream of Hi-NRG records made by New York producer Bobby Orlando, simply known as Bobby ‘O’. According to Tennant: “I thought: well, if  I’ve got to go and see The Police play, then I’m also going to have lunch with Bobby ‘O’.” They shared a cheeseburger and carrot cake, at a restaurant called the Apple Jack, on 19 August (two years to the day since Tennant and Lowe had met) and, after hearing a demo tape that Tennant had brought along with him, Orlando suggested making a record with the Pet Shop Boys.

The following decade would bring on more hits and tours including: It’s Alright, Being Boring, Where the Streets Have No Names, Was it Worth It?, Go West, Single – Bilingual and countless others. Well if you are a fan of theirs you most likely known they will be performing at the Fillmore Miami Jackie Gleason Theatre this Thursday September 12th.

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