SOARING anthems, belting bangers and baroque ballads.
Inner Sanctum, Pet Shop Boys’ four-night residency at the Royal Opera House, kicked off on Wednesday in spectacular style.
Boisterous, bonkers and quite brilliant, the two-hour set-list guaranteed to appeal to casual and diehard fans alike.
Designed by Es Devlin, with choreography by Lynne Page, the Inner Sanctum series are Pet Shop Boys only 2016 UK concert dates - they’re off globe trotting next, ahead of a six-date British tour to promote new album Super.
It’s a tour that brings them to The Playhouse on 22 February 2017... and it’s on sale now via ticketmaster.com.
If Inner Sanctum hints at things to come, then those lucky enough to secure a ticket for the Greenside Place gig are in for a fantastic time.
Emerging from futuristic pods, Neil Tennant, now a youthful 62 years old, and Chris Lowe, just 56, romp through old favourites such as West End Girls, It’s A Sin, New York City Boy, Se A Vida É (That’s The Way Life Is), Left to My Own Devices, Domino Dancing and a blistering new remix of their 1986 hit Love Comes Quickly.
It’s hit after hit after hit.
New album Super is well represented too. Tongue in cheek, The Pop Kids sums up the pair to a tee, Burn ensures the dancing continues. Twenty-Something and The Dictator Decides might be more reflective but together with the explosive Inner Sanctum they keep things current.
Supported by initially masked band members Afrika Green and Simon Tellier on drums, the synth variety of course, and Christina Hizon on keyboards, electric violin and additional vocals, the sound is as big as the production values are high.
And yes, there are many masks and headdresses, but then would you expect less of Lowe and Tennant.
However, it’s the rarities that make this production special. In The Night, a b-side from 1985, is instantly recognisable as the theme to The Clothes Show.
Love Is A Bourgeois Construct, from their last album Electric, and Winner, their Olympic theme receiving its first live airing since 2012, are both impressive, but it’s The Sodom and Gomorrah Show, performed for the first time since 2007, I’m told, that proves the highlight for me. Cracking track.
Closing the night as a galaxy of fluorescent planetoids bobbed overhead, an army of dancers in multi-coloured fat suits bounced in time to the beat of the now obligatory Village People cover Go West and sing-a-long favourite Always On My Mind.
A fittingly surreal encore for what is indeed a boisterous, bonkers and quite brilliant show.
Roll on the 22 February... it is sure to be a red letter day for Capital Petheads.