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.