Jul 272023

Craig Chisholm reviews The Pet Shop Boys at P&J Live, Aberdeen.

The Pet Shop Boys took the stage at P&J Live, Aberdeen on their ‘Dreamworld – The Greatest Hits Tour’ with an electrifying energy that captivated the audience from the very first note.
As one of the most iconic synth-pop duos in music history, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe demonstrated why they continue to be a force to be reckoned with even after decades in the industry.

From the moment the lights dimmed, and the euphoric synths and uplifting piano motif of Suburbia reverberated through the venue, it was evident that the Pet Shop Boys were here to deliver an unforgettable show.

The stage was adorned with a visually stunning backdrop, modified street lamps and giant screens featuring a combination of vibrant visuals and retro-inspired graphics that perfectly complemented their unique musical style.

Neil Tennant’s distinctive voice filled the air, effortlessly transporting the crowd back to the 80s and 90s, while Chris Lowe worked his magic behind his keyboard, creating a symphony of synth sounds that defined the era.

The chemistry between the two musicians was palpable, as they seamlessly blended their talents to create a mesmerizing sonic experience.

The setlist was a carefully curated journey through their extensive discography, incorporating both their timeless classics and some of their newer material.

Hits like Go West, It’s a Sin, and Always on My Mind had the entire crowd on their feet, singing along with an infectious enthusiasm.

One of the highlights of the concert was the incorporation of stunning multimedia elements. A dazzling display of lights, lasers, and mesmerizing visuals transformed the stage into a kaleidoscope of colours, enhancing the overall atmosphere of the performance.

The synchronization between the visuals and the music was impeccable, further immersing the audience in the Pet Shop Boys’ artistic vision.

But it wasn’t just the audio and visual spectacle that made the concert memorable; it was also the intimate connection established between the band and their fans.

Neil Tennant’s engaging banter between songs created an atmosphere of warmth and familiarity, making the audience feel like they were part of an exclusive gathering of die-hard fans. This personal touch added a sense of authenticity and genuine appreciation for their loyal supporters.

As the concert drew to a close, they encored with an exhilarating rendition of classic West End Girls, and the more melancholic Being Boring the crowd erupted into a thunderous applause, unwilling to let the evening end.

The Pet Shop Boys had delivered a concert experience that was as entertaining as it was nostalgic, reminding everyone why their music continues to resonate with generations of fans.

In summary, the Pet Shop Boys in concert was an absolute triumph. With their impeccable musicianship, stunning visuals, and infectious energy, they delivered a synth-pop extravaganza that left a lasting impression. It was a celebration of their remarkable career, and a testament to their enduring legacy in the world of music.


Can You Forgive Her?
Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money)
Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can’t Take My Eyes Off You)
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
Love Comes Quickly
Paninaro(Paninaro ’95 version)
You Were Always on My Mind
What Have I Done to Deserve This?
It’s Alright
Go West
It’s a Sin


West End Girls
Being Boring