To say I love Pet Shop Boys is the understatement of the decade! Their amazing show, The Electric Tour got a second life in America due to their performance a few weeks ago at Coachella, so the Boys swung back through New York’s Terminal 5 for a sold out show and the final date of their 2014 US tour on April 26, 2014. The setlist was nearly identical to the first leg of the tour (aside from swapping out “Memory of The Future” off “Elysium” for “Love is a Bourgeois Construct” from “Electric”) but that didn’t stop the show from being as amazing as it was the first time around. You can read my gushing reviews of their show here (for night one) and here (for night two).
I attended the meet and greet with the band and though they are still not into taking photos (read: please reconsider this for your next tour as a photo with you is what ALL of your fans that attend these meet and greets really want), but I had a great chat with Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe nonetheless. I was wearing a G-Shirt that features the line “Being politically correct or discreet is lying” from my book “Sketches of Verbal Alchemy” and both Neil and Chris loved it. They wanted to know more about the book so I gave them my card and I pray that they contact me so I can get them each a copy (or if they are out there reading this, it’s on Amazon.com 🙂
Over the next few days, you’ll be seeing a few videos from the show and for the casual fan, if you think that Pet Shop Boys peaked with their worldwide smash hit “West End Girls,” you are sadly mistaken. For close to 30 years, they’ve consistently made great albums, b-sides, plays, ballets, videos and tours that prove that the Pet Shop Boys just get better with time.
Pet Shop Boys, I love you… etc.
Speaking of Love Etc., here’s a video of the track from their genius 2009 album “Yes.”
Just press play.
The setlist was:
Axis / One More Chance – Face Like That / Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money) / Love is a Bourgeois Construct / 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
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!
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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.
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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 with Example
Enjoy the visuals from the Electric Tour. I sure did!
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Opening act/DJ/producer Stuart Price aka Jacques Lu Cont.
Stuart Price aka Jacques LuCont
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Thanks PSB! I heart you!!!
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
Making this one of the best music news days in years for me (Fleetwood Mac also released an EP today), Pet Shop Boys have announced the details of their new album “Electric,” as well as US tour dates.
The Electric Tour hits America:
9/12 Miami Beach, FL – The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theatre
9/13 St. Petersburg, FL – Mahaffey Theatre
9/14 Atlanta, GA – Symphony Hall
9/16 New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
9/17 New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
9/19 Bethesda, MD – Music Centre at Strathmore
9/21 Boston, MA – House of Blues
9/22 Philadelphia, PA – Mann Centre for the Performing Arts
9/24 Montreal, QC – Olympia Theatre
9/25 Toronto, ON – Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
9/27 Windsor, ON – Caesars Windsor – The Colosseum
9/28 Chicago, IL – Auditorium Theatre
10/2 Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
10/3 Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre
10/4 Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
10/5 Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre
10/8 San Diego, CA – Copley Symphony Hall
10/11 Las Vegas, NV – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – The Joint
10/12 Los Angeles, CA – Shrine Auditorium
Tickets are on sale to the general public on May 3, 2013.
The tracklist of “Electric,” which will be released July 15, 2013 is: ‘Axis’
‘Love Is A Bourgeois Construct’
‘Inside A Dream’
‘The Last To Die’
‘Shouting In The Evening’
90’s supergroup Electronic featuring Bernard Sumner of New Order/Joy Division, Johnny Marr of The Smiths and Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys is re-releasing their debut self titled album on March 11, 2013 in an expanded and remastered edition, featuring some previously unreleased tracks.
The tracklist is:
1. Idiot Country (2012 – Remaster)
2. Reality (2012 – Remaster)
3. Tighten Up (2012 – Remaster)
4. The Patience Of A Saint (2012 – Remaster)
5. Getting Away With It (2012 – Remaster)
6. Gangster (2012 – Remaster)
7. Soviet (2012 – Remaster)
8. Get The Message (2012 – Remaster)
9. Try All You Want (2012 – Remaster)
10. Some Distant Memory (2012 – Remaster)
11. Feel Every Beat (2012 – Remaster)
1. Disappointed (Stephen Hague 7” Inch Version) (2012 remaster)
2. Second To None (Edit) Previously unreleased
3. Lean To The Inside (Edit) Previously unreleased
4. Twisted Tenderness (Guitar / Vocal Mix) Previously unreleased
5. Idiot Country Two (12” Version)
6. Free Will (Edit) Previously unreleased
7. Until The End Of Time (Edit) Previously unreleased
8. Feel Every Beat (Edit) Previously unreleased
9. Getting Away With It (Instrumental) (2012 remaster)
10. Turning Point (Edit) (2012 remaster)
11. Visit Me (Edit) Previously unreleased
12. Twisted Tenderness (Instrumental) Previously unreleased
Happy birthday to Neil Tennant, lead singer of my beloved Pet Shop Boys. My life is a better place because of the music he’s created. In the Pet Shop Boys’ 25 plus year career, they’ve fused rock, disco and classical music seamlessly. On today’s play list, I’ll listen to “Left To My Own Devices,” “It’s Alright,” “It Must Be Obvious,” and one of my favorite songs of all time “Being Boring.” Happy birthday Neil! Thanks for all the great music, past, present and future!