Pet Shop Boys
It’s April again and so that means it’s time for the Teenage Cancer Trust Concerts at The Royal Albert Hall! It was a decent line up over the seven days again but there was only one band that I wanted to see, The Pet Shop Boys.
Having been a fan since a kid and owning all of their studio albums, I was really looking forward to seeing them. It wasn’t going to be a traditional pop concert though as they were being backed by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. Heavy on the strings and with very limited synths it was an original way to hear some of PSB’s classic tunes from the last thirty years as well as some not so popular ones from some of the musicals that they have written over the years.
Johnny Marr joined them on stage a couple of times to lend his guitar-playing skills on a few tracks including West End Girls towards the end of the night.
My favourite track was probably their opener, Left To My Own Devices with Can You Forgive Her and the closer It’s A Sin a close second and third. overall it was a decent gig, the
Here’s the set list in full:
Left To My Own Devices
Tonight Is Forever
This Must Be The Place I Waited Years To Leave
New York City Boy
Hope To Believe In Love?
Jealousy (Harold Faltemeyer arrangement)
It Couldn’t Happen Here
For All Of Us
Can You Forgive Her
He Dreamed Of Machines (from the Alan Turing musical)
This Is Our Last Chance For Goodbye
Indefinite Leave To Remain
West End Girls
It’s A Sin