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Pet Shop Boys announce ‘Discovery: Live in Rio 1994’

The 2 CD/DVD set will be available April 30th

Pet Shop Boys (PSB) have announced the release of Discovery: Live in Rio 1994 on DVD and 2 CD on April 30th via Rhino Records. The show was recorded towards the end of their 1994 tour of Singapore, Australia and Latin America.

Previously only available on VHS, this is the first time that fans will be able to experience this classic concert on DVD and listen to the audio on CDs. The show was filmed by Brazilian director Roberto Berliner with a local TV crew in December 1994 in front of a wildly enthusiastic Rio audience on PSB’s first visit to Brazil.

The setlist includes classic hits including “West End Girls,” “Suburbia,” “Being Boring,” “Go West,” “Rent” and “Always On My Mind,” as well as surprising juxtapositions of PSB songs and contemporary hits including: “One In A Million/Mr Vain” and “Left To My Own Devices/Rhythm Of The Night.” A cover of Blur’s “Girls And Boys” is another spirited highlight of this spectacular performance.

The DVD and CDs document a show very different in feel to the two groundbreaking tours that preceded it in 1989 and 1991. Following on from the release of their albums, Very and Disco 2, Pet Shop Boys decided to focus the two hour set largely on uplifting songs with a party vibe, taking inspiration from visits to the New York underground house club, The Sound Factory. Discovery saw Pet Shop Boys with four dancers, backing singer Katie Kissoon and two Latin percussionists embrace spontaneity in a way they never had before.

Chris Lowe said at the time, “We’re more free-spirited on this tour. We party on down. It’s not a totally choreographed, staged and rehearsed show. I suppose it is more rock n roll in its attitude. You get to express yourself. (Laughs). And to take your clothes off.”

Neil Tennant added, “In the past we were always removed from the audience by theatrical convention. This time we are us onstage.”

A new booklet is packaged with the DVD and CDs, featuring candid on-tour photographs, an interview by Chris Heath conducted during tour rehearsals, and an exclusive on-tour diary by Neil Tennant.

CD 1:

  1. Tonight Is Forever
  2. I Wouldn’t Normally Do This Kind Of Thing
  3. Always On My Mind
  4. Domino Dancing
  5. To Speak Is A Sin
  6. One In A Million / Mr Vain
  7. Paninaro
  8. Rent
  9. Suburbia
  10. Kings Cross
  11. So Hard

CD 2:

  1. Left To My Own Devices / Rhythm Of The Night
  2. Absolutely Fabulous
  3. Liberation
  4. West End Girls
  5. Can You Forgive Her?
  6. Girls And Boys
  7. It’s A Sin / I Will Survive
  8. Go West
  9. Go West (Reprise)
  10. Being Boring

DVD:

  1. Tonight Is Forever
  2. I Wouldn’t Normally Do This Kind Of Thing
  3. Always On My Mind
  4. Domino Dancing
  5. To Speak Is A Sin
  6. One In A Million / Mr Vain
  7. Paninaro
  8. Rent
  9. Suburbia
  10. Kings Cross
  11. So Hard
  12. Left To My Own Devices / Rhythm Of The Night
  13. Absolutely Fabulous
  14. Liberation
  15. West End Girls
  16. Can You Forgive Her
  17. Girls And Boys
  18. It’s A Sin / I Will Survive
  19. Go West
  20. Go West (Reprise)
  21. Being Boring