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Pet Shop Boys for Glasto?

The duo are up for a collaboration at next year's 40th anniversary

  • 14/11/2009
  • Ruth Barnes
Pet Shop Boys

Pet Shop Boys have said they would consider playing Glastonbury's 40th anniversary celebrations in 2010, but they haven't been asked yet.

We caught up with Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe to talk about what's been a huge year for them, topped off by winning the Outstanding Contribution Award at the Brits.

The duo have only played Glastonbury once before, in 2000, of which Neil says they have good memories: "We played the mainstage at nine thirty on Saturday night, and it was an amazing experience as we wandered whether Glastonbury wanted to see the Pet Shop Boys.

"Whether we were too dance or pop or something for them and it really went down fantastically well."

Pet Shop Boys haven't officially been asked to join the bill yet, but they would certainly be up for bringing some special guests as Neil explains: "A good song for us to do with people is What Have I Done To Deserve This as sadly Dusty Springfield isn't around anymore.

"We've done it with Melissa Etheridge in America before, Lady Gaga at The Brits, Cerys Matthews from Catatonia when we did Glastonbury 2000... there's always a little vacancy there for someone."

"With Pet Shop Boys you come off tour and immediately start writing a ballet"

Neil Tennant

After nearly thirty years in the business, you'd think they might be considering hanging up their synths, not so says Neil: "No we don't think like that, we don't really think very far ahead. We might wake up one morning and think 'That's it.'

"But I think when you've got a lot of creative energy you want to carry on."

Neil and Chris say they are just too busy: "You get artists who suddenly think, 'That's it, I haven't got anything else to do really.'

"With Pet Shop Boys you come off tour and immediately start writing a ballet, a Christmas EP, write a song for Shirley Bassey. There's always the website to update, that's a full time job in itself!"

On Sunday 20th December you'll hear the legendary duo take Dave Pearce through some of their favourite dance anthems here on 6 Music.

Listen here.

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World in my Eyes, Bethlehem, Pa. USA
Interesting. "You Need more"

jasmine wok, holland
I love the Pet Shop Boys, I am not that keen on festivals but I dont mind if I can be pampered. Anything has got to be better than the hell I am going through now. I saw a nice pair of pink wellies for 55.

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