|Artist||Pet Shop Boys|
|Tour name||Dreamworld – The Greatest Hits Live|
A two-faced concert: half of it was great, but those moments were regularly followed by mediocrity. Ten songs in, the show finally gained momentum with Domino Dancing and Monkey Business, only to cool down considerably with inferior performances of You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You’re Drunk and Jealousy.
The show gelled when Pet Shop Boys sticked to the format they patented from the second half of the 1980s and onwards. That sound fits the group, and singer Neil Tennant in particular, the best. Unfortunately some songs were modernized by replacing the original rhythm tracks with a dance beat. The idea behind it isn’t too bad, but it goes against the very essence of Pet Shop Boys: it isn’t a dance act, it specializes in infectious electronic Britpop.
The group’s prized song, West End Girls, didn’t turn out to be the highlight I was hoping for, due to that very same modernization, which didn’t fit the general mood of the song.
I read some fan reactions on Twitter, many of them stating that this had been been the best Pet Shop Boys show of all time in Holland. I certainly don’t hope so, because if that’s true, all shows prior to this one must have been really, really bad.
Suburbia / Can You Forgive Her? / Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money) / Where The Streets Have No Name (Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You) / Rent / I Don’t Know What You Want But I Can’t Give It Any More / So Hard / Left To My Own Devices / Single-Bilingual – Se A vida É (That’s The Way Life Is) / Domino Dancing / Monkey Business / New York City Boy / You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You’re Drunk / Jealousy / Love Comes Quickly / Losing My Mind / You Were Always on My Mind / Dreamland / Heart / It’s Alright / Vocal / What Have I Done to Deserve This? / Go West / It’s a Sin
West End Girls / Being Boring