Photos: Pet Shop Boys at the Beacon Theatre (2nd Night)

Posted by The G on September 18, 2013 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

Photos by G.

Pet Shop Boys

Pet Shop Boys

On September 17, 2013, Pet Shop Boys closed out their sold out 2 night stand at New York’s Beacon Theatre.  On the first night (see close up photos and full review at this link, which will open in a new window).  As I stated in that review, casual fans heard many of the classic Pet Shop Boys hits (such as “West End Girls,” “Always On My Mind,” “Suburbia,” “It’s A Sin,” “Domino Dancing” and “Rent”).  Die-hards got to hear rarely performed songs (such as “Fugitive,” “One More Chance,” “I’m Not Scared,” “Miracles,” and “I Get Excited (You Get Excited Too).”  And everyone got to hear all of these great songs plus see a visual extravaganza!

Pet Shop Boys

Pet Shop Boys

I had a front balcony seat for the second night, which worked out well because I really got to see all the amazing visuals that Pet Shop Boys utilized for the Electric tour and I’m grateful to have experienced the show really close up as well as sitting a little further back to really take in the entire stage set up.

Pet Shop Boys

Pet Shop Boys

At the meet and greet, word had obviously gotten back to Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe that nearly every fan was upset that you could not take photos with them.  The PSB have typically been a band who go out of their way to make their fans happy (in the form of performing rare gems to keep it interesting, always releasing non-album tracks, putting out cool packaging for their product, etc.), but for some reason, they WILL NOT TAKE PHOTOS WITH FANS!  They repeated this mantra over and over again that it was almost to the point of irritation.  I am not sure what the problem is since people are allowed to take photos during the show, bands much bigger than Pet Shop Boys (not a diss, just a fact from my thousands of experiences meeting famous people) have no problem with it (or at least appease their fans because they know how happy it will make them), but hopefully Neil and Chris will soften their harsh view and give the die-hards the one thing they really want on the next time around.  Neil even said to me “we may not do meet and greets next time because everyone is complaining.”  That is so un-Pet Shop Boys to be so bitchy about something that is such a no-brainer.  But I digress…

Pet Shop Boys

Pet Shop Boys with Example

Enjoy the visuals from the Electric Tour.  I sure did!

Pet Shop Boys

Pet Shop Boys

Opening act/DJ/producer Stuart Price aka Jacques Lu Cont.

Stuart Price aka Jacques LuCont

Stuart Price aka Jacques LuCont

 

Pet Shop Boys

Pet Shop Boys

Thanks PSB!  I heart you!!!

Pet Shop Boys

Pet Shop Boys

The setlist was:

Axis / One More Chance – Face Like That / Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money) / Memory of the Future / Fugitive / Integral / I Wouldn’t Normally Do This Kind of Thing / Suburbia / I’m Not Scared / Fluorescent / West End Girls / Somewhere / Leaving / Thursday / Love Etc. / I Get Excited (You Get Excited Too) / Rent / Miracles / It’s a Sin / Domino Dancing / Always on My Mind

Encore:

Go West / Vocal

An Encounter with Alan Wilder (of Depeche Mode and Recoil)

Posted by The G on November 3, 2010 under Encounters with G | Read the First Comment

Photo by Tres.

G and Alan Wilder!

Long time readers of this site know that Depeche Mode is one of my all time favorite bands.  Needless to say when I found out Alan Wilder’s band Recoil was doing a rare New York show and I was already committed to seeing Florence and the Machine across town, I was not entirely happy about it.  I decided the only way to have a perfect evening was to attend both events!  Because I am super bad ass like that, I was able to.  Florence was awesome, Recoil was awesome.  Added surprise bonus of the evening was Depeche Mode’s lead singer Dave Gahan was in attendance at the Recoil show, marking possibly the second public appearance of Alan Wilder and Dave Gahan in the same room in over 15 years!  Dave was sitting in the upstairs VIP section (almost in darkness) so it was hard to get photos, but I found another one I’ll share with you (after the jump).  But back to Alan Wilder!  As another surprise bonus, Alan Wilder did a meet and greet after the show!  Alan was super cool and he autographed 5 Depeche Mode cd Booklets for me (Music For The Masses, People Are People, Some Great Reward, Catching Up With Depeche Mode and the CD Single to Enjoy The Silence) and he took a photo with me as well.  My friend had an even better experience as he also got a photo but he had Alan sign 19 things for him.  Pretty slick, according2g.  I asked Alan if Depeche Mode had a lot of unreleased songs in the vault and he only said “not really.”  We can all keep our fingers crossed that he meant to say “tons, and they’ll all be released soon!”  Thanks again Alan for great music past and present and for being so cool!

And now for another spy picture of Dave Gahan…

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