Pet Shop Boys join Take That tour
Take That have invited their heroes the Pet Shop Boys to support them on their sell-out UK tour.
The chart duo have been chalking up hits for more than a quarter of a century and will perform highlights from their own Pandemonium show when they join the tour.
Take That's Progress tour begins on May 27 at Sunderland's Stadium Of Light, with Robbie Williams returned to the ranks.
The band's Jason Orange said he thought the newly signed support act would be too big to agree to perform the shows.
He said: "I'm flattered and very happy they've agreed to do it. They're so talented; I thought they'd be above it and us."
Williams said: "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."
The Pet Shop Boys have sold more than 50 million records, with hits such as West End Girls, It's A Sin and Go West and in 2009 they were given the outstanding contribution to music award at the Brits.
Last month they unveiled their first ballet, The Most Incredible Thing, which has enjoyed a sell-out run at Sadler's Wells in London.
The duo said: "We look forward to every night being a huge celebration of pop music."
They will also join Take That for the European leg of the tour.