Pet Shop Boys go North West for homecoming gig

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Lowe and behold, the Blackpool-born Pet Shop Boy is coming home.

Chris Lowe, one half of the electronic pop duo, is set to return to the bright lights of Blackpool tonight as part of their comeback Electric World Tour.

The former Arnold School student will storm the stage of the Empress Ballroom with his suit-wearing partner Chris Tennant – and the show is 
already a sell-out.

Lowe, 54, played the trombone as a teen, attending the formerly-Lytham Road based independent school, performing with a seven-piece dance band ‘One Under the Eight’ and working at the then Solarium, now the Solaris Centre in South Beach.

Years later, having moved south to London, Lowe met Tennant in 1981 at a hi-fi shop where they realised they shared a love for electronic music.

The pair began writing music together and originally called themselves West End which they later changed to the Pet Shop Boys.

Lowe became known for his odd behaviour of standing completely still while playing the keyboard on stage which in time became his signature stance.

They are listed as the most successful duo in UK music history by the The Guinness Book of Records after selling more than 50 million records worldwide.

After receiving the Outstanding Contribution to Music award at the Brits in 2009, they released their 11th studio album, Elysium, in September 2012.

That was shortly followed by Electric, their 12th studio album, which was released in July 2013.

The duo kicked off their initial tour in March last year and ended it in October.

But huge demand brought the announcement of a second leg and it began in April this year at the famous Coachella festival in California.

And with another 21 tour dates lined up, the Empress performance is sure to be a warm welcome home for 
Chris.