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Pet Shop Boys join Johnny Marr to play Teenage Cancer Trust show

Pet Shop Boys will play with former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra for a special concert for Teenage Cancer Trust at London's Royal Albert Hall.

Olly Murs and Paul Weller will also perform shows for the charity while Romesh Ranganathan will host a comedy night with guests Jo Brand and Kevin Bridges.

They join The Who on the line-up of events to mark 17 years of special shows at the Royal Albert Hall.

The British rockers have already announced they will give the first full band performance of their rock opera/double album Tommy for the first time since 1989.

The group will perform the album on two nights, with the first marking the 100th show performed at the venue for the charity.

More than 225 bands and artists have played for Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall shows since 2000, raising more than £24 million for the cause.

The event was conceived and curated by The Who's frontman Roger Daltrey, who is an honorary patron of the charity.

Murs will perform on March 27th, while Weller will perform on the 31st and the Pet Shop Boys will take the stage on April 2.

The comedy night will take place on March 29 while The Who's shows will be on March 30 and April 1.

Daltrey said: " The Teenage Cancer Trust concerts at the Royal Albert Hall are now full-fledged teenagers as next year marks our 17th anniversary.

"Yet again we have a really varied line-up starting with Olly Murs who is fresh from his fourth number one album and will be embarking on an arena tour before he reaches us.

"I'm very happy to say that the Pet Shop Boys will be bringing their incredible show with Johnny Marr and the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra to the Royal Albert Hall, they have only ever played there before as part of The Proms, so it will be one not to be missed.

"I am proud to welcome back my good friend Paul Weller. Paul has supported the Teenage Cancer Trust since the very first Albert Hall shows.

"He's been involved in so many memorable moments from dueting with my bandmate Pete on So Sad About Us in 2000, through to playing drums for Damon Albarn and Noel Gallagher when they performed together. Thank you, Paul, for everything that you've done and continue to do.

"There's also a band called The Who, playing for two nights doing some songs from a thing called Tommy. I hear they're pretty good!

"All of these incredible musical moments are made even more special by the wonderful young people I have met over the past 17 years.

"They are young people first - cancer patients second. Their positivity and lust for life is such an inspiration to all of us who work with them and with the public's help we aim to keep Teenage Cancer Trust leading the world in cancer care for these teenagers."

Tickets for the shows go on sale on December 2.


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