As many of you know I am a big fan of Neil Tenant and Chris Lowe AKA The Pet Shop Boys. Their career took off in 1985 with the world wide number 1 smash West End Girls and since then they have sold 50 million records, making them one of the most successful duos of all time.
So I was expecting a lot from their show at the Carriageworks at Redfern which was presented by the Vivid Festival. Let me tell you straight up: The show exceeded all my expectations in every way.
Where do I start!
The multimedia, the lights, the lasers, the special effects and smoke machines were truly gobsmacking and as good, if not better than any Mardi Gras show I’ve seen. But above all this it was the music that did it for me.
Neil Tenant’s haunting, but beautiful voice was let loose on an adoring audience from behind a sheer screen and the crowd went wild. The Pet Shop Boys started the set with an obscure track that only hard core fans would have known, before launching into their early hit Opportunities – Lets Make Lots Of Money.
From then on it was hit after hit including It’s A Sin, Always On My Mind, Being Boring, Suburbia and Go West.
Showing the “boys” still have a lot of creativity left in them, they performed a few songs from their latest album Electric, but 90% of the show they gave the crowd what they wanted, wall to wall Pet Shop Boys gold.
For me and I suspect many others, part of the appeal of the Pet Shop Boys has been their aloofness, mystery, and avant guarde aura. In their early years, both Neil and Chris often stood still on the stage for the entire performance in a deliberate “up your’s” to other bands of the time like Wham and Culture Club.
Last night’s performance showed Neil retaining that stillness, but also appearing to having fun interacting with an adoring audience too while Chris remained firmly planted beyond his keyboards with no visible facial expressions.
I can honestly say it was one of the most amazing concerts I have ever seen and I’m hoping The Pet Shop Boys will return soon for a full tour of Australia.
– Geoff saw The Pet Shops at the Carriageworks in Sydney on Saturday 7th June as a guest of Vivid Sydney.