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european tour
now a stronger proposition with a classic lp and three hit singles behind them, marr and sumner embarked on a short tour of europe in december ’91, playing dates in paris (at le palace on the sixth), glasgow (barrowland ballroom on the ninth) and london (wembley hall 1 on the twelfth). every song from the first album was played at one gig or another, plus getting away with it, free will and the new track disappointed, sung by bernard at the glasgow concert, and by neil tennant at the wembley show, where pet shop boys joined them for performances of all three of their collaborations. there were plans to tour america in october/november but those obviously fell through.

most of the songs retained their original structure, while get the message incorporated the piano riff from the 12" dna version, some distant memory built audience anticipation to a climax with some extended instrumental sections, and feel every beat borrowed elements from the rampling/lorimer remix. rampling dj’d with mike pickering at the london show, while idiot country remixers stereo mc’s, who later lambasted the venue for its poor acoustics, were the support act. (sumner and marr themselves were reticent about the venue; click here for more info.) audience recordings of the british gigs are in circulation, but exact information about the paris show is elusive.

glasgow
soviet
idiot country
gangster
try all you want
disappointed
get the message
reality
tighten up
some distant memory
feel every beat
free will

london
soviet
idiot country
gangster
try all you want
get the message
reality
tighten up
some distant memory
the patience of a saint
disappointed
getting away with it
feel every beat
free will

press
wembley advertisement
nme, 21 december 1991
melody maker, 21 december 1991

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