Pet Shop Boys Hammerstein Ballroom Tuesday, Sept. 1
Fans have come to expect certain things from a Pet Shop Boys show: Neil Tennant's dry but poignant vocals, Chris Lowe's concert-specific remixes of their classics, artsy visuals, experimental dancers, a few outfits, and, on a deeper level, communion. The first New York stop on the "Pandemonium" tour didn't disappoint on any of those fronts, kicking off with the high-gloss Italo-disco classic "Heart" as the duo emerged from a Pink Floyd-inspired "Wall" of white boxes, wearing translucent cubes on their heads. The next few songs were from their stately new album Yes, including the bouncy first single "Love, etc." and a wobbly medley of "Pandemonium" and the older "Can You Forgive Her?"
Throughout the night, '80s-style graffiti, Communist propaganda, black-and-white videos of the Boys themselves, and favela landscapes were projected onto the Wall, layers of which crumbled during "Go West" to accommodate dancers done up as Atari Olympians and "exploded" into dangling ornaments during the finale. Tennant'sâ€¨voice sounded remarkably unweathered, Lowe's synth work was on point, and the playlist ran to 20-plus new and old songs in almost two hours, including a surprising acid-house mashup of club rarities "Two Divided by Zero" and "Why Don't We Live Together?"
It was an AMAZING and INCREDIBLE SHOW! [i didn't know i was going till the last moment] and it was just incredible! [a bit 2 short] but, I'll take as MANY MINUTES as I CAN GET with the PSB[s] as I CAN!! xo xo :el fano: