REVIEW: The Pet Shop Boys - Gateshead Sage

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The wonderful Sage venue kicked off its run of concerts and special events to celebrate its 10th anniversay year with two special shows by The Pet Shop Boys.

And what a show it is!

This spectacular live show to go with latest album Electric features lighting and set design by award-winning Es Devlin (who has worked with Lady Gaga, Kanye West & Jay Z, Take That and the 2012 Olympics’ Closing Ceremony).

The opening numbers are performed with the duo – singer Neil Tennant and synth-player Chris Lowe – behind a see-through curtain and the visuals, green lasers, confetti, minotaur-headed dancers, are stunning throughout.

The quick-changing performers also got through many costumes - bright day-glo outfits, long hats, dark glasses and big jackets.

To go with the mood of the show, the seats were taken out of the pit area for dancing.

The capacity crowd were maybe a little slow to get up on their feet bit this hit-laced show certainly kept them dancing.

From debut album Please there was Opportunities, Suburbia’ and West End Girls and from follow-up Actually they played It’s A Sin, Rent and One More Chance.

Christmas cover Always On My Mind is the one of three chart-topping singles in the set and there was a rare I’m Not Scared, which Tennant and Lowe wrote for Patsy Kensit and Eighth Wonder back in the 80s.

The audience caught their breath on the down-tempo and superb Being Boring before Go West’ and Vocal, segued with It’s Alright, provided a rousing finale.

What a show and what a way to kick off the Sage’s birthday celebrations.

- Adelle Kennedy