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Pet Shop Boys

"The set is a wall of white boxes with Chris Lowe's sound stage on stage left. The last time I saw the Boys was at the Tabernacle in Atlanta in 2006. Hammerstein is bigger and grander, and perfectly suited for this show. Frontman Neil Tennant and Chris finally emerge from two towers of boxes to "Heart." If the PSBs are good at anything, it's sticking to a concept! They entered wearing boxes on their head, as were their back-up singers and dancers. They quickly moved into their new material with "Did You See Me Coming," and "Pandemonium," and an oldie but goodie, "Left to My Own Devices." Once "Building a Wall" got going, the stacks of boxes collapsed and stage hands in white reconfigured the boxes into a different set, a trend that occurred throughout the show. How cost efficient, simple and so visually effective? Pet Smart Boys." [CenterOrch]
Pet Shop Boys kicked off their U.S. tour with their first of two shows at Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC last night (9/1). They do it again at the same venue tonight. More pictures and the setlist from Tuesday, below...

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"Their cover of Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" was masterful. It, too, featured slivers of other songs within it. In this case starting the track as "Discoteca" (from the album, "Bilingual"), then injecting bits of "Domino Dancing" (from "Introspective") before rolling into their rendition of Coldplay's finest moment. Hopefully, a studio version of "Viva La Vida" has been lovingly produced for future release (minus the bits of other PSB songs). It is screaming to be a single." [Vinny Vero]
Pet Shop Boys @ Hammerstein Ballroom - Sep 1, 2009 - setlist
1. More Than A Dream (instrumental)
2. Heart
3. Did You See Me Coming?
4. Pandemonium/Can You Forgive Her? (medley)
5. Love Etc.
6. Building A Wall (incorporating "Integral")
7. Go West (incorporating "Paninaro" and "Opportunites (Let's Make Lots Of Money)")
8. Two Divided By Zero
9. Why Don't We Live Together? (incorporating "Left To My Own Devices")
10. Always On My Mind
11. New York City Boy
12. Closer To Heaven (truncated)
13. Left To My Own Devices
14. Do I Have To?
15. King's Cross
16. The Way It Used To Be
17. Jealousy
18. Suburbia
19. All Over The World
20. Se A Vida É (That's The Way Life Is)
21. Viva La Vida (incorporating "Discoteca" and "Domino Dancing")
22. It's A Sin
23. Being Boring
24. West End Girls

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Comments (30)

Cool pics! Awesome stage! Thanks!

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2009 2:27 PM

the following is not a joke, but a serious question..... when did they go on?

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2009 2:32 PM

830-840ish

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2009 2:33 PM

Joe Jackson was in one of the VIP balconies. You can actually see him on the second picture from below outside the venue.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2009 2:36 PM

Great pics - thanks.

Posted by drewo | September 2, 2009 2:43 PM

was Jay-Z there?

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2009 2:45 PM

Such a great show!

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2009 2:46 PM

WOW!

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2009 2:49 PM

Someone else said they saw Joe Jackson, do we mean, as in Michael's dad? Could not spot him.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2009 2:54 PM

Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Beyonce Knowles, Jay Z, and Michael Jackson were all at teh show too! That means it was so much better than just the Pet Shop Boys playing a show to no ones.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2009 2:58 PM

Visuals were fantastic. I was very impressed!

Posted by boys kissing | September 2, 2009 3:06 PM

Yeah. Michael Jackson's father was at the Pet Shop Boys concert in NYC.

(I hope that's a joke b/c it actually was pretty hilarious.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Jackson_%28musician%29

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2009 3:20 PM

meht shop boys

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2009 4:02 PM

amazing show and pictures

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2009 6:09 PM

i bet a lot of dicks were sucked by dudes during/after this show.

Posted by Anonymous | September 2, 2009 6:10 PM

This is a fine set of photos. I like the wide angle shot with the ceiling. I've only been to one Hammerstein show ever, and it was a while ago, so I forgot the ceiling was that pretty.

Posted by diana | September 2, 2009 6:49 PM

From an entertainment standpoint, this show gets a 10!. Well worth the $5 I paid through citcard.

The crowd was a lot more subduded then I expected. I figured it'd be a big dance party but a lot people were talking throughout except when the hits were played.

Posted by Anonymous | September 3, 2009 9:04 AM

Awesome show! Here is the video I made: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=126892831301

Posted by Raphael | September 3, 2009 3:13 PM

PRO MOTION had the opportunity to speak with the Pet Shop Boys! check it out at http://blog.promotion-us.com/

Posted by Maxine | September 4, 2009 1:46 PM

I see they dropped Love Comes Quickly from the set list,they performed it at the O2 London and the earlier tour dates,Neil had a problem remembering the lyrics,therefore it was bye bye.Such a cool song too.

Posted by Anonymous | September 6, 2009 5:41 AM

I saw them last night in Atlantic City and they were amazing. You captured the night perfectly! This is the third tour I've seen them on live (Nightlife & Release) and even compared to the tours I've seen on DVD (Performance, DiscoVery, Somewhere, Cubism) this was far and away their best outing. They sound better & look better, they have a better set & better dancers, and even the 'silly' costumes are better (they're silly but not to the point of embarassing, like Cubism). And EVERYBODY in AC was dancing! Even the drunk straight boys who were horned in on the twins.

Posted by Anonymous | September 7, 2009 10:09 AM

Wow, what a gifted photographer you are. I was there at the show and these photos truly capture all the sleekness and artistry that is PSB. There are so many lame pictures on the net from people with weak camera skills. Thanks for posting these!

Posted by Greg | September 7, 2009 12:02 PM

These are great pics!! I was there Sept 1 and feel like I am there again looking at these. Any Vid from that night?
P.s. Great show PSB!!!

Posted by Mark | September 8, 2009 3:58 PM

any idea who the opening DJ was?

Posted by eric | September 11, 2009 2:33 PM

You're questioning the integrity of the organization that was first to report on the tsunami's xxxxxxxxxxxx to Oprah?

Posted by luis vuitton | October 17, 2009 11:17 AM

I saw this show and thought it was fantastic. I really had a fun time. The pictures on this blog are great. I'm going to refer some of my readers to this site to check them out.

In the meantime, if you want to check my site out to compare notes. Go to http://concert-log.blogspot.com/

Thanks,
Frank Grimaldi

Posted by Frank Grimaldi | October 24, 2009 11:30 PM

“New York always blew one’s mind,” Neil Tennant says in a crisp English accent, recalling the early sonic adventures of the Pet Shop Boys. This week, the band returns to the city for two shows at the Hammerstein Ballroom in celebration of a new album, Yes, which features Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr and string arrangements by Owen Pallett. (It’s been hailed as the pair’s best since Actually.) The synth-pop duo was recently given a prestigious Outstanding Contribution title at the Brit Awards in their native England, but the Pet Shop Boys’ musical story really started here in NYC—where they recorded what would become their first worldwide smash, “West End Girls.”

Posted by Alli | January 19, 2010 10:13 AM

maybe he was, maybe he wasnt

Posted by husky training | January 20, 2010 7:12 PM

As always, you've written an amazing post that answered some of our questions lol :D

Posted by Husky Dog Training | February 2, 2011 5:23 AM

please!! any idea who the opening DJ was? thanks a lot!

Posted by psicologos en df | June 19, 2011 8:05 PM

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