Live Review: Pet Shop Boys // Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow – 21.02.17

The timeless and timely nature of the Pet Shop Boys‘ sound has remarkably been enjoyed for the best part of half a century. Arguably the predecessors to Daft Punk’s helmet-wearing exploits, the original Pop Kids have maintained an enviable quality to their offerings that have continued to impress both critics and loyal followers alike.

Following last year’s release of a staggering 13th studio album, ‘Super’ – with lead single The Pop Kids surging to top spot in the US Dance charts –  Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe have embarked on a celebratory ‘Super tour of the UK.

After playing to sell-out crowds in Leeds and Manchester, the Pet Shop Boys arrived in Glasgow to play at the SEC Armadillo – formerly known as the Clyde Auditorium – and we were there to dance along (and less importantly, document it)!

After the atmosphere reached fever pitch, the lights dimmed to focus on the stage’s vibrant circular visuals, which in turn rotated to reveal Neil and Chris donning trademark futuristic headgear – cue an abundance of middle-aged screams from the audience.

A spectacular lights show that involved strobes and lasers then began, with the Pop Kids opening with Inner Sanctum and Opportunities – bona fide classics that whipped the Glaswegian crowd into shape nice and early, with Neil paying them a cheeky compliment – “I can tell already you are a frisky crowd!”.

Aforementioned recent hit, The Pop Kids was then boomed from the speakers, seamlessly leading into the backing curtain dramatically plummeting to the ground, only to reveal the Pop Kids’ multi-talented backing band that hugely impressed throughout the night.

Next came the highly-charged Burn and an emphatic rendition of Love is a bourgeois construct, before undisputed gems in the form of New York City Boy and Se a vida é.

Neil then instigated the pair going “back to their first album”, with Love comes quickly, before continuing to impress the Armadillo with performances of Love etc. and The dictator decides.

Inside a dream and West End Girls were naturally received rapturously, bringing all before the Pop Kids to their feet to revel in the nostalgia, prior to Winner carrying on the dance-inducing vibes.

To a standing ovation, The Sodom and Gomorrah show played out before a trio of arguably the 20th Century’s most important contributions to pop culture, with It’s a sin, Left to my own devices, and Go West bringing the Pet Shop Boys‘ return to Glasgow to a triumphant close.

Words by Jonno Mack

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