THE STRAIGHT WOMAN!

She's the only non-gay artist on the Wotapalava bill - but Pet Shop Boys frontman Neil Tennant insists "Individuality is more important than sexuality"...

GRACE JONES will replace SINEAD O’ CONNOR on the PET SHOP BOYS‘ headlined WOTAPALAVA tour of the US.

As previously reported on NME.COM, O’ Connor, who featured in the original line-up of the touring festival, pulled out.

Now, according to US press reports, Jones will be her replacement.

Playing down the fact the latest addition to the bill is not gay, Pet Shop Boys‘ Neil Tennant told website www.launch.com that Jones was an “amazing performer”.

He continued: “She’s broken the mould, I’m afraid. But people tend to stereotype. So even though our original idea was to put together a bill of gay artists, what we also wanted to do was put all these artists together so people can see how very little they have in common. I think that’s what we’ve got – all very different people, all different kinds of music. Individuality is more important than sexuality – that’s what we’re trying to get across.”

Other acts confirmed to appear at the event include Soft Cell, Rufus Wainwright and the Magnetic Fields.

The tour, according to www.petshopboys.co.uk, will call at: Miami Bayfront Amphitheatre (July 13)

Atlanta Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheatre (15)

Wantaugh Jones Beach Amphitheatre (18)

Boston Bank Boston Pavilion (20)

Washington Merriweather Post Pavilion (21)

Holmdel PNC Bank Arts Center (22)

Pittsburgh Post Gazette Pavilion (25)

Toronto Molson Amphitheatre (27)

Detroit DTE Energy Music Center (28)

Chicago Tweeter Center (29)

Denver Red Rocks/Fiddler’s Green (31)

San Francisco Shoreline Amphitheatre (August 3)

Irvine Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (4)

San Diego Coors Amphitheatre (5)

Dallas Smirnoff Music Center (8)

San Antonio Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (10)

Houston Woodlands Pavilion (11)

Speaking previously to NME.COM about the dates, Tennant added: “Our idea was to do something to get over the ‘gay’ stereotype. So we call it ‘post-gay’. People nowadays think – generally, that is outside the gay world – that being gay is not just a matter of sexuality, it’s a lifestyle. It’s a culture. There’s ‘the gay community’. And I don’t believe that. I think being gay is about sexuality. I think that being gay – sexually – doesn’t imply that you have to like Barbra Streisand records, or go to G.A.Y. (famous London nightclub) every Saturday night. It’s your sexuality. It’s not your whole life.

“And we thought, by putting together a bill of artists who are apparently gay – what you point out is that, actually, they’ve got nothing in common! They may be gay but, musically, all they have in common is that they all followed very idiosyncratic career paths. They’ve just done what they wanted to do. So, in that sense, it’s about the individualism of what they do, not the fact that they are gay.”