Pet Shop Boys – Live at the Hammerstein Ballroom, NYC

Posted by The G on September 2, 2009 under G Reviews | 4 Comments to Read

All photos by G.

Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys

Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys

As readers of this blog know, I love the Pet Shop Boys more than life itself!  They are extremely nice to their fans, they put out amazing music, with great packaging, and their lyrics and music are nothing short of genius.

I was fortunate enough to have backstage passes for their first of 2 New York City shows and the boys, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe were extremely nice.  They signed 12 cd covers for me and an original photo that I took when I saw them earlier this year in London (and they both commented on what a cool photo it was). Thanks guys!  I heard they are going to be releasing another collection of non-album tracks and I suggested the album be called “Besides,” but sadly, they’ve already been toying with that idea.  I also spoke to Neil Tennant about the song “Legacy,” as it’s one of my favorite tracks and he said that it’s his favorite track off the new record.

They hit the stage around 8:30, with no opening act, and played great song after great song for 2 hours.  The setlist was very similar to when I saw them in London, but they took out Love Comes Quickly and played New York City Boy, for all of us NYC boyz. I heart them.

More pix and the set list after the jump.

Neil Tennant.  Building a wall.

Neil Tennant. Building a wall.

Two Divided by Zero.

Two Divided by Zero.

Chris Lowe.

Chris Lowe.

We're the Pet Shop Boys!

We're the Pet Shop Boys!

The setlist for the Pet Shop Boys at the Hammerstein Ballroom on 9/1/09 was:

Heart / Did You See Me Coming / Pandemonium / Love Etc. / Building A Wall / Go West / Two Divided By Zero / Why Don’t We Live Together / Always On My Mind / New York City Boy / Closer To Heaven – Left To My Own Devices / Do I Have To / King’s Cross / The Way It Used To Be / Jealousy / Suburbia / All Over The World / Se A Vida E / Domino Dancing / Viva La Vida (Coldplay Cover) / It’s A Sin. Encores: Being Boring / West End Girls.

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  • Scotty Vee said,

    Your site is beautiful! Thanks for sharing your Pet Shop Boys night with us. We’re waiting for the 20th when they play here in Seattle.

    Scotty in Seattle
    (I’m in love with “The King Of Rome”)

  • eric said,

    any idea who the opening DJ was?

  • The G said,

    The first night was some random woman DJ (who wasn’t very good). The second night was Larry Tee (who was awesome!)

  • G’s Top 9 Albums of 2009 | According to G said,

    […] Yes by Pet Shop Boys. The other cds in this category are not in order of how much I like them, but the runaway #1 album of the year for me was Yes by the Pet Shop Boys. After a 25-year career, the Boys are big as ever in the rest of the world and are little more than a gay novelty act in the United States. It makes no sense to me! This album has bangin’ beats that 21 year olds can barely make, let alone by guys in their 50s! Every track on the record is solid from the opener Love Etc. to the gorgeous finale Legacy. Their lyrics are cheeky as ever and their musical textures just keep getting richer. They’ve released a few singles off the record and the B-sides and remixes are up there with their best work. If you’ve ever liked the Pet Shop Boys and lost interest over the years, I urge youto check out thisalbum as it is really fantastic. The limited edition versionYes Etc., features a bonus disc of dub versions and one b-side (a track called”This UsedTo Be The Future” with Human League’s Philip Oakey).I saw the Pet Shop Boys live three times this year (twice in New York and once in London) and all three shows were awesome. You can see pictures here. […]