Gallery: Pet Shop Boys, New Order, and Paul Oakenfold at Leader Bank Pavilion
A sold out triple bill of fantastic four on the floor grooves took over Leader Bank Pavilion earlier this week. Walking into the pavilion to the sounds of Paul Oakenfold spinning some of the best 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s dance grooves put the night into literal motion with many dancing to their seats. New Order and Pet Shop Boys are swapping opening and closing duties this tour and in Boston New Order started the night with a non-stop 90 minute set that highlighted their entire career. Bernard Sumner was in excellent form with his voice soaring over the crowd and mixed perfectly with the band who nailed every note. The show itself was a visual treat with a giant LCD screen behind them, lasers shooting from behind them, and a light show that while simple was perfectly in sync with the songs. The ending three songs of “Blue Monday”, “Temptation” and Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” really had the fans letting loose.
While the changeover happened, Paul Oakenfold spun some more songs, but not the entire time as a storm rolled through the area and it seemed like the show may get completely stopped. Luckily it never truly got bad and the announcement came over the PA that the show would finish, with the crowd responding with some very loud cheers. Soon Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe took the stage, wearing metal rabbit masks for “Suburbia”. They also had quite the visual show with moving LCD screens and props on stage. They had the crowd in the palm of their hand the entire time. After the first few songs, the screen raised to reveal three drummers were helping fill out the sound. A few interesting mashups were done with U2’s “Where the Streets Have No Name” and Frankie Valli’s “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” being a highlight of the set. “It’s A Sin” closed the set and then the crowd went wild when the encore started with “West End Girls”. This tour, two years in the making was absolutely worth the wait for a night to dance your cares away at.