Well said Harry - I think you've hit the nail on the head here. This tour is certainly not aimed at us hardcore fans and is going down very well it would seem with those attending.
I'm based in the UK and making the trip out for the NYC show next Wednesday - also happens to be a significant anniversary year for me and the Mrs so this trip tied in nicely. She's always said "there are four of us in this marriage" - so its quite appropriate!
I have seen Dreamworld at the O2 already this year (as well as the warm up for Glastonbury at the Electric Ballroom) but I'm still very much looking forward to seeing this truncated show in the US as it really is a fantastic spectacle and the boys are at their absolute best - the O2 gig was incredible. I'm equally excited to see New Order put on a greatest hits set - last time I saw them was in 2012 at Brixton Academy so I'm well overdue here. Hoping that 1963 and Your Silent Face get played at the MSG show.
Don't get me wrong, when this tour was first announced and up until VERY recently I was still hoping for something a bit left field thrown in for fan service - even one Electronic song would have had been amazing as Luke and others have also expressed ... but it's clear we are not going to get this which is a damn shame and those stars REALLY REALLY should have aligned
On a personal note, I've been lucky to have seen the boys perform on pretty much all their previous tours so I've seen some of those less obvious songs and different arrangements played out so won't grumble about this set being the same. Even when considering the same arrangements are being used here though ... it's not like they are crap right? The Being Boring intro on this tour gives me goosebumps still just thinking about it.
Also, there may be future opportunities for more low key shows from the boys with more risks being taken ... Dreamworld/Unity seems to me like it is their last hurrah in terms of big expensive visual shows - 'Pet Shop Boys for the masses' eh?
Finally - It's gonna be fun seeing both New Order and Pet Shop Boys fans rubbing shoulders with each other - that in itself is kinda weird and exciting for me.
Counting down the days!
you could say conventional ... and I could claim intentional