"Family commitments" mean the star will not be able to join the 'Wotapalava' jaunt - but fans should still have a 'post-gay' old time...

SINEAD O'CONNOR has pulled out of the forthcoming PET SHOP BOYS headlined 'WOTAPALAVA' tour of the US.

As previously reported on NME.COM, promoters hope the 17-date touring festival will be "the first openly gay pop music festival to tour the United States". O'Connor was due to support Pet Shop Boys on all the dates. However, she will now not appear due to "unforeseeable family commitments".

Speaking yesterday to NME.COM, Pet Shop Boys singer Neil Tennant confirmed the star's departure from the event, but enthusued about its concept, describing it as "post-gay".

He said: " Sinead O'Connor's just pulled out this morning. But the idea of Wotapalava is quite interesting, cos it's already been described as 'openly gay'. And really 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."

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)

Click back to NME.COM later this week for a full Pet Shop Boys microsite, which will include exclusive interviews and downloads.

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