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On Thursday evening, more than 3,000 fans celebrated a hot dance party at the Pet Shop Boys concert in Vienna's Gasometer.

For the "Dreamworld Tour" the British duo Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe had promised nothing less than their "Greatest Hits Live" - ​​and from "Suburbia" to "Go West" to "It's A Sin" everything was included, albeit at times in a somewhat slow-paced form of administration - as is appropriate for people in their mid-sixties.

But maybe it's just because dance pop in the 1980s and 1990s simply had a few beats per minute fewer than comparable material from the Utz-Utz-Utz modern era. In addition, Tennant and Lowe have not always been known for their active live presence, but rather for their stylish minimalism.

However, there was still a lot going on on the stage in the Bank Austria Hall in Vienna's Gasometer: above all, a dozen multi-directional light panels and fantastic wide-screen digital backdrops. And at least twice Chris Lowe even moved his left shoulder a few centimeters more than would have been absolutely necessary for his economical keyboard play...
Neil Tennant, once the stylish slender boy par excellence, now comes across as a gracefully matured British sir, routinely sipping his five o'clock tea from the finest china. And so, despite "Suburbia" and the U2 cover "Where The Streets Have No Names", the evening got off to a leisurely start, certainly hampered by the notoriously muddy sound in the round hall of the Gasometer.

But over time, the music fought its way up to the level of the spectacular light show, and the fans got into more and more sweaty dancing. And with the anthemic "Go West" and the snappy early hit "It's A Sin" from 1987 at the end, fans and Tennant were sweaty and happy. The first encore "West End Girls" turned into a downer in comparison, the short cooling phase was completed with "Being Boring". But in the end it really wasn't boring.

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More than 3000 fans cheered for a bombastic and completely contemporary show by the cult electro and synth pop Brits Pet Shop Boys on Thursday evening in the almost brimming Gasometer. Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe not only thrilled with visual effects and big hits from back then, but also impressively proved that the new material also has a high hit character. But the colorful hustle and bustle was not all-round perfect.

Pet Shop Boys concerts are a rarity per se in this country. If an annoying virus then also creeps in, eight years are quickly over. In the summer of 2014, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe were invited as star guests to the “Jazz Fest Wien” (which was canceled again this year) and made the venerable walls of the State Opera shake. A performance that earned respect even from an experienced musician like Tennant, as he told the "Krone" in early 2020 in an interview about the current album "Hotspot": "The location was really incredible. We don't play concerts like this every day.” The Gasometer may not come up with the glitz and glamor of an opera, but the arena location is definitely suitable for a nearly two-hour hit revue on a heated Thursday evening.

This is only the second stop on the tour for the Pet Shop Boys after the successful premiere in Milan two days earlier. The duo hasn't really grooved in, especially in the first third. With "Suburbia", "Can You Forgive Her" and the electronic pathetic U2 cover "Where The Streets Have No Name", which is humorously mixed with "Can't Take My Eyes Off You", the start on paper was successful , but in practice deductions are to be noted in the B grade. The sound is initially mixed much too quietly, Tennant's movements seem a bit wooden, the voice stays too much in the background. The glasses reminiscent of bunny ears and Tennant's floor-length, snow-white coat prove early on that a London show is always a bold and creative fashion revue.

The mixture of these two fundamentally different types is a significant part of the more than 40-year-old recipe for success. There is Tennant, who is exposed, always flirting with the audience and has the scenery completely under control, and there is sound inventor Chris Lowe, who is hiding behind his computer screen in a baseball cap and sunglasses and who, in the Pet Shop Boys sets, usually does not even make a rude impression "Thank you" gets carried away. With their rich and multi-award-winning vita, however, they effortlessly create a whirlwind full of hits that keep nobody calm. "Rent", "Left To My Own Devices", "Domino Dancing" or the brisk "Monkey Business" - the hymns hit the fans in staccato beat, which Tennant refined with his distinctively high timbre and the sovereignty of a tamer.

If the video screen running across the stage at the beginning is already a visual treat, the two only bring out the real artillery after the first block of songs. Supported by a three-piece and multi-instrumental band, the two main actors mix and match with the video projections, letting moving images run through them and in no way skimping on motley lighting effects. With the visual effects, the sound quality also increases and by the middle of the set at the latest, musicians and audience have finally come together. Tennant, who, like his colleague Lowe, is always on the road in Berlin, welcomes those present in his usual perfect German and dances around the LED street lamps, which flank the stage as a gimmick and are adjustable.

The cult "New York City Boy" is convincing early in the evening, before the band mixes "Losing My Mind" and Elvis Presley's popular hit "Always On My Mind" ingeniously a little later and lets it rise into a purely fiery crescendeo. At this moment, music mastermind Lowe is in charge and carries the evening, but in between there is also time for quiet moments. Tennant grabs the acoustic guitar on "Drunk" and gives the garish show a fragile feeling of tenderness and vulnerability for almost three minutes. A somewhat surprising, but all the more successful plot twist, which above all proves that the genius of the Pet Shop Boys does not necessarily have to hide behind machines. Incidentally, "Losing My Mind" and many other tracks (e.g. "You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You're Drunk") were pulled out of the attic and dusted off especially for the "Diamonds" tour.

Stoic Low and dandy Tennant toss balls back and forth. As usual, the latter impresses with a shrill parade of costumes, ranging from a glittering jacket and a kind of baker's hat to an elegant suit in the final phase. Particularly successful: the Pet Shop Boys are contemporary and unembarrassing even in old age. It's not for nothing that "Dreamland", recorded with the booming young musician Years & Years, is running up and down on our radio - such a song caliber would have had its place among the great classics three decades ago. The Village People cover "Go West" and "It's A Sin" would have been the ideal ending, because the encores unfortunately remind you of the beginning again. With "West End Girls" Tennant's microphone is suddenly totally wacky, the hearty "Being Boring" ends a really very successful evening but with dignity. And now please don't disappear again for another eight years...

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In a white trench coat, he looks like a compere. He paces the stage with moderation, no exaggerated entertainer qualities can be seen. In the background of the stage is the actual sensation, the videos and the lighting design of the Pet Shop Boys, in front of which Neil Tennant seems a bit like the product developer presentation for investors: "Look how great this is!"

What seemed a bit wooden and underexciting at the beginning of the concert in the Vienna Gasometer on Thursday grew into a small party. The Pet Shop Boys have been at work for over 40 years, the British are regarded as superstars of synth pop, whose border to club music is fluid, with which the boys have exported the aesthetics of house music to even the remotest valleys via format radio.

At 67, of course, you behave more settled in the club than at the hormone-controlled 25. While partner Chris Lowe (62) under a baseball cap is the lazy machinist, Tennant is the narrator who entertains the multi-generational audience with the gesture of a sympathetically quirky gentleman with anecdotes , praises the host city, recalls his few scraps of German, changes his wardrobe a few times and otherwise does what is expected of him: he uses his nasal organ to set bright counterpoints to the pumping music, one of the secrets of the world success of the two.

Even on heavy-footed evenings, this creates a lot of magic, even though such a best-of program is inevitably a piece of confirmation culture: The Pet Shop Boys are great, we've always known it.

So home game, no matter where the two are at the moment. The New York City Boy sent his regards, Domino Dancing hit the hips in the packed hall, covers ranged from U2 (Where The Streets Have No Name) to You Are Always On My Mind (Gwen McCrae, Willie Nelson, Elvis ….) – a good two dozen songs were on the set list, many of them world hits, and the popularity was accordingly.

In addition, stage settings that gave the two of them an evergreen, timeless aura. Modernity is always in season. Ad multos annos, as the people of Burgenland say. (Karl Fluch, May 13, 2022)

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