New Order and Pet Shop Boys begin Unity Tour in Toronto
Today, legendary ’80s new wavers New Order an Pet Shop Boys announced that they will co-headline their Unity Tour together and it all kicks off at Toronto’s Budweiser Stage on September 5th.
11 North American dates were announced with Pet Shop Boys promoting their 14th album Hotspot released last month and receiving rave reviews. NME said “Godlike Geniuses Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe have turned in a 14th album that proves they’ve lost none of their magic touch.” They refer to the “West End Girls” hit-makers as ““The Smiths you can dance to.”
Of course sadly, New Order will be without their legendary bassist Peter Hook who was competently replaced in 2011 by French English bass droner Tom Louis Chapman (of Bad Lietuenant and ShadowParty fame) when Hook and lead singer/guitarist Bernard Sumner parted ways.
Sumner still fronts the band along with original members Gillian Gilbert on keyboards and guitar as well as original drummer Stephen Morris. Morris and Sumner along with Hook were all members of the iconic and influential post-punk rockers, Joy Division and they formed New Order following the suicide of Joy Division’s lead singer Ian Curtis.New Order’s most recent album release was the bizarrely titled collaboration with Liam Gillick, “∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes.. ” This was a live concert album from the 2017 Manchester International Festival featuring a 12-piece synthesizer orchestra including New Order classics and rarities.
Both bands will play a full set with the headliner alternating each night. Here are the tour dates for the New Order and Pet Shop Boys, Unity Tour:
09-05 Toronto, Ontario – Budweiser Stage
09-09 Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
09-11 Philadelphia, PA – TD Pavilion at the Mann
09-12 New York, NY – Madion Square Garden
09-15 Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
09-18 Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
09-20 Minneapolis, MN – Armory
09-24 Vancouver, British Columbia – Rogers Arena
09-26 George, WA – Gorge Amphitheatre
09-30 San Francisco, CA – Chase Center
10-02 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
Tickets go on pre-sale Wednesday February 26 at 10 am.
story by Terry Lankstead
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