Review: Pet Shop Boys do the business

Pet Shop Boys perform. Picture: Jane Barlow
Pet Shop Boys perform. Picture: Jane Barlow
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At the end of Edinburgh’s official Hogmanay, over a throbbing beat, lasers flashing, dancers whirling, Neil Tenant sings during the final encore, “It’s in the music, It’s in the song, and the feeling of the warmth around us all is so strong.” And you’d have to say, at least from a vantage point of the Ross Bandstand, he was on the money.

That lyric came from Vocal, off last year’s Electric album. It’s a set list very much in with the old, with timeless classics like Suburbia, Always On My Mind and brilliant opener It’s A Sin but also in with the new.

Of course, the Pet Shop Boys had unfinished business with the Capital after bad weather put paid to their scheduled 2006 appearance. On this form, though, the mighty fireworks over Edinburgh Castle are one of the few things that could have blown them off stage, and so they step aside to allow the bells, Auld Lang Syne and Grant Stott to briefly intercede.

Apparently undaunted by any of the above, they return and, for their first live track of 2014, Go West quickly gets everyone’s attention back on the stage.

As skeletal minotaurs caper around the stage, Tenant wanders on in metallic bull headgear and sings ‘I wouldn’t normally do this kind of thing’.

And not many people would, to be fair, but this is the Pet Shop Boys, and they do it so well.