New Order, Pet Shop Boys to play Merriweather Post Pavilion this September

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New Order, left, and Pet Shop Boys.

New Order and Pet Shop Boys, two icons of synth-pop, are hitting the road this September for the Unity Tour, and they plan to stop at Merriweather Post Pavilion.

Both bands will play headline-length sets, which will almost certainly be chock full of hits like “West End Girls,” “It’s a Sin” and “Always On My Mind” from Pet Shop Boys and “Blue Monday,” “Bizarre Love Triangle” and “True Faith” from New Order. That’s only scratching the surface. And they’ll alternate the headliner slot from night to night.

(And could we please get Bernard Sumner, Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant to play a few songs from their collaborative project Electronic? Pretty, please?)

While you might nostalgically remember these acts from their 1980s heyday, both have been keeping busy in recent years.

New Order–who, along with Sumner, count Stephen Morris, Gillian Gilbert, Phil Cunningham and Tom Chapman as members–last year released a live album called (breathes in) “∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif) New Order + Liam Gillick: So it goes..” from the band’s performance at the 2017 Manchester International Festival.

The band’s 10th studio album, “Music Complete,” came out in 2015.

Lowe and Tennant, meanwhile, just released their 14th album as Pet Shop Boys, “Hotspot,” last month.

The English acts will take the Merriweather stage on Tuesday, Sept. 15. Tickets go on sale Feb. 28 at 10 a.m., and there’s a presale starting Wednesday.

Brandon Weigel


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