O2 Arena London
In January 2020 I bought tickets to see the Pet Shop Boys, one of the few bands I love who I have never seen, who were doing a greatest hits tour. We know what happened next. Two years on I have been nervous about gigs; even though things have reopened, I have not been going out. This was literally my first big night out since 2019.
And what a fucking night it was! The Pet Shop Boys don’t do gigs, they mount productions. Impressive visuals, multiple costume changes (including the big coat and the Boy hat during the encores) and all of the songs played tonight, (apart from four), are on their Pop/Art Best of. This was a band who, perhaps planned to do a straightforward, make some money, greatest hits tour who, but who, thanks to circumstances, ended up giving a celebration of life, joy and music. They played banger after banger, hit after hit, to a crowd starved of joy. It was beyond brilliant. I mean it ended with, Go West, It’s A Sin, West End Girls and Being Boring. Shock and awe or what?
“You old ravers” said Neil Tennant after “It’s Alright.” That was pretty accurate to be fair.
It made me think..
Pop can be so powerful. I was in floods of tears during “Se A Vide E.” And when Neil dedicated “Being Boring” to “all the people we have lost” I was gone again. A band I love, who I was seeing for the first time ever, on my first big post pandemic night out, just delivered. Honestly just give Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe knighthoods.