Pet Shop Boys join Take That’s Progress Live Tour as special guests

80’s electronic pop pioneers The Pet Shop Boys will be joining Take That as special guests on their Progress Live 2011 tour.

Progress Live 2011 is the first tour by the fully-reunited five-piece Take That, and will feature tunes from right across their career. Robbie Williams will also be taking the opportunity to perform a number of his solo hits along the way. I just hope Gary Barlow gets to perform Open Road to even things up!

Actually, Robbie Williams is the obvious link between the Pet Shop Boys and Take That – PSB singer Neil Tennant provided backing vocals for Robbie’s solo single No Regrets. Robbie seemed suitably chuffed that the band have agreed to guest on the tour:

I’m a huge Pet Shop Boys fan so for me it will be an absolute joy to be able to watch them every night.

In a slightly robotic press release statement, the Pet Shop Boys chanted in unison:

“We are delighted to accept Take That’s invitation to be part of their Progress show and tour which is undoubtedly going to be one of the most exciting events of 2011. We look forward to every night being a huge celebration of pop music.”

When the UK leg of the tour wraps up with a record-breaking stint at Wembley Stadium, the Pet Shop Boys will be joining Take That on the European leg of the tour as well.

We’re just pissed off that we missed out on getting tickets for the tour (and that it didn’t come to Belfast). It’ll actually be the first time we’ve missed a Take That tour since they reformed, dammit.

Full Progress Live 2011 Tour Dates

These are Take That’s Progress tour dates as supplied to us – note that this list won’t be updated – please check with the local venue for updates!


  • 27 May – Sunderland Stadium of Light 
  • 28 May – Sunderland Stadium of Light
  • 30 May – Sunderland Stadium of Light 
  • 31 May – Sunderland Stadium of Light 


  • 03 June – City of Manchester Stadium
  • 04 June – City of Manchester Stadium
  • 05 June – City of Manchester Stadium
  • 07 June – City of Manchester Stadium
  • 08 June – City of Manchester Stadium
  • 10 June – City of Manchester Stadium
  • 11 June – City of Manchester Stadium
  • 12 June – City of Manchester Stadium
  • 14 June – Cardiff Millennium Stadium
  • 15 June – Cardiff Millennium Stadium
  • 22 June – Glasgow Hampden Park
  • 23 June – Glasgow Hampden Park
  • 24 June – Glasgow Hampden Park
  • 27 June – Birmingham Villa Park
  • 28 June – Birmingham Villa Park
  • 30 June – Wembley Stadium


  • 01 July – Wembley Stadium
  • 02 July – Wembley Stadium
  • 04 July – Wembley Stadium
  • 05 July – Wembley Stadium
  • 06 July – Wembley Stadium
  • 08 July – Wembley Stadium
  • 09 July – Wembley Stadium

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