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Pet Shop Boys to round off BBC Radio 2 Piano Month

BBC Radio 2’s Piano Room month begins next week and will include its finale from Pet Shop Boys on Friday 23 February.

The duo will perform a new song, a classic track, and a cover version of David Bowie track – one which was made famous by another artist!

Live from Maida Vale studios and accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra, a month of Piano Room performances will take place from Monday 29 January to Friday 23rd February in Vernon Kay’s mid-morning show.

As well as also being on BBC Sounds, each performance will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer from later that day.

Pet Shop Boys said: “We’re delighted to be the final act announced for the Piano Room month on BBC Radio 2. We’re looking forward to performing with our old friends the BBC Concert Orchestra at Maida Vale Studios on February 23rd.

“As well as performing our new single and an old song, we will also be covering a David Bowie song, but a Bowie song made famous by someone else…”

Vernon said: “I thought it couldn’t get any better, but to have Pet Shop Boys joining the bill for Piano Room month is just the icing on the cake!”

Jeff Smith, Radio 2’s Head of Music, said: “I always aim to have a rich mix of new artists as well as established performers in the Radio 2 Piano Room, so to have Pet Shop Boys confirmed as our final brilliant act to round off the month is fantastic.

“Radio 2’s listeners love the duo – they delighted the crowd at Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park in 2019 and Neil Tennant was a special guest accompanying Jake Shears on ‘Rent’ for his Piano Room month cover last year, so to welcome Pet Shop Boys back for this unique session is a pleasure.”

The full line-up for Piano Room Month:

Monday 29 January: Bruce Hornsby, performing a Don Henley cover version

Tuesday 30 January: Beverley Knight, performing a Radiohead cover version

Wednesday 31 January: The Libertines, performing a Love cover version

Thursday 1 February: PP Arnold, performing a Miley Cyrus cover version

Friday 2 February: Gabrielle, performing a Lionel Richie cover version

Monday 5 February: Anastacia, performing a Whitesnake cover version

Tuesday 6 February: Olivia Dean, performing a Leonard Cohen cover version

Wednesday 7 February: Johnny Marr, performing an Iggy Pop cover version

Thursday 8 February: Shaznay, performing a No Doubt cover version

Friday 9 February: Rick Astley, performing an Olivia Rodrigo cover version

Monday 12 February: Texas, performing a Charles and Eddie cover version

Tuesday 13 February: Jalen Ngonda, performing a Beach Boys cover version

Wednesday 14 February: Valentine’s Day Special with Lisa Stansfield, performing a Lou Rawls cover version

Thursday 15 February: Crowded House, performing a Petula Clark cover version

Friday 16 February: Jess Glynne, performing a Fleetwood Mac cover version

Monday 19 February: Paloma Faith, performing a Tracy Chapman cover version

Tuesday 20 February: Delta Goodrem featuring special guest Gary Barlow, performing a Take That cover version

Wednesday 21 February: Elbow, performing a Louis Armstrong cover version

Thursday 22 February: Rod Stewart with Jools Holland, performing a Billie Holiday cover version

Friday 23 February: Pet Shop Boys, performing a David Bowie cover version


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