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Friday, September 25, 2009

Anyone Else Catch Pet Shop Boys On This Tour?

Pet Shop Boys last night at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles—typically rad show! The ball and chain asked when we were leaving last night where this ranked in the different d'luvvly tours I've caught them on—four altogether—and I'd have to say this one (Pandemonium) was tied at first place with the last one (Fundamental).

Funny enough, I got tickets for this in the spring, and completely forgot it was coming up until I'd read XO's tweets about the Washington, D.C. show three weeks ago. We talked soon after, but I told him I'd slam his candy in a splintered desk drawer if he gave anything away.

Anyway, I won't bore with a concert review. Who wants to read that shit, anyway? BUT...since there's only one U.S. show left, I don't mind tossing out a few of the highlights.

The set: Their best since Performance (which I never saw live)

Tracks from Yes: Five + a brief refrain from "Building A Wall"

Yes tracks they should've played: "King Of Rome" + "More Than A Dream"

Jams the Boys thankfully dusted off: "Two Divided By Zero" + "Why Don't We Live Together"

Complete surprises: "King's Cross" + "Do I Have To" (!!)

Old chestnuts: "Heart," "It's A Sin," "Always On My Mind," "Suburbia," "Go West," "Left To My Own Devices," "Can You Forgive Her?" (briefly)

Absent chestnuts: "Opportunities," "Rent," "What Have I Done To Deserve This?," "Love Comes Quickly"

Cool factor moment: Teasing with the opening of "Domino Dancing" only to segue into a cover of Coldplay's "Viva La Vida"—and getting the entire outdoor audience to sing along

Encore: "Being Boring" + "West End Girls"

Only gripe: An hour-and-a-half? That's it?

Really great gig. My head is spinning.

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  • At 11:55 AM, Blogger Changa Pelona said…

    Great review!
    Can't wait for them in Mexico city this next thursday. Love your blog by the way.

  • At 12:27 PM, Blogger Moogaboo said…

    Sounds like amazing show! "Do I Have To" OMG!!!

  • At 2:24 PM, Anonymous Michele said…

    Aww. I'm so glad you had a great time. THanks for the note!

    love you loads, -shel

  • At 4:27 PM, Blogger Andrew said…

    I went to the one in Chicago. It took about 7 hours to get there but it was totally worth it. I had a little extra money so i purchased the meet and greet tickets. I loved when they did The Way It Used To Be. The two little blonde dancers where really cute as well and there names where Kylie and Sophie! I almost died.

  • At 5:25 PM, Blogger Paul said…

    Sounds like you had fun. I had tickets to see them in London and unbelievably but actually true, totally forgot until the morning after which was of course then too late. What a twat. There's a credit crunch on too :(

  • At 8:26 PM, Anonymous df118junkie said…

    Overall a great concert. There were a few times where I felt they missed the chance to 'big-up' new songs, but generally a fun 'mash-up' style with nice flourishes, and great to hear a lot of 'Actually' period tracks.

    Several things were very annoying though !

    1. The open DJ - DJ Kid Dickhead or something - was a boring self-indulgent talentless t***. What a waste of an hour - and why did I have to suffer ?!?

    2. The first 3 songs didn't flow. Opener 'Heart' was great (graphics were shit and tacky - as seen in another thread) - then they launched into 'Did You See me..' and it was horrible ! - and then they spunked 'Pandemonium' as the 3rd song !!! What a waste ! Only then did Neil said hello !

    3. But the worst travesty ?! Neil mimed to 'Did You See Me..' !!!!!! - it stood out a mile - you could tell that it was a studio production - very VERY disappointing - a shit song mimed. It felt like they had been forced to stick it in for US promotion purposes. Have they played this opening order at other concerts ?

  • At 12:19 AM, Blogger countpopula said…

    Really great show. The wall falling during Building a Wall was a great effect, as was the suspended cubes later. Add the costumes, the outfits, the hats, the lit-up DJ booth, and dancing buildings, and it was a winner! I don't know what show junkie went to, but Neil definitely sang Did You See Me Coming at ours. Same opening for us--my only gripe was that Heart wasn't mixed too well, but sometimes first songs are a bit of trial & error--Left to My Own Devices had some similar issues. All the songs from Yes sounded impeccable, and I would say this was a better show than even the Fundamental tour.

  • At 1:36 AM, Blogger Jump! said…

    I saw them in Atlanta and thought this was really a fans tour. Breaking out "do i have to?", "two divided by zero" and "jealousy" were surprising and I'm sure left casual fans scratching their heads saying "where is Opportunities or what have i done to deserve this?"

    The shortness was also a big gripe of mine but honestly they are 50 years old- Ive gotta cut them some slack.Kylie in 5 days!

  • At 5:11 AM, Blogger xolondon said…

    I should point out that in many cities they have been playing half empty houses, so it is NOT to late to get tickets. This tour goes through 2010.

    And it's true, I am hiding my candy from Robbie.

  • At 12:03 AM, Blogger D'luv said…

    Changa, enjoy it!

    Moog, I know! My fave bside, since 10th grade.

    Michele, xoxo back atcha

    Andrew, I couldn't hear what their names where from all the shrieking.

    df118, I don't think he mimed. He actually fucked up the lyrics in the first verse, like the third line... but there was probably a backing vocal track playing in some parts. But he himself was singing.

    Countpopula, YES, the cubes suspended in air was really a great moment. So cool, visually. I liked the length and setlist, overall, for Fundamental show a slight tad more, but visually, loved this one much better.

    Jump!, are you coming to LA for Kylie? If so, why haven't you let me know?

    XO, you mentioned that, but was packed in LA, where they've traditionally had a large following.

  • At 3:50 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Saw the tour in Minneapolis.

    Missed Sylvia's vocal but the dancers were good.

    Not as good as the tours for Nightlife and Fundamental but better than Release, imo.

    Def recommend the meet and greet.

  • At 11:04 AM, Blogger jomana yusef said…

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