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Halle Münsterland, Münster, Germany
12th December 2009
Pet Shop Boys & Das Gezeichnete Ich

On Saturday 12th we had the chance to enjoy the legendary PET SHOP BOYs at their current tour in Münster. According to the local promoter, about 5,000 people made their way to the show. Remembering that the band was most famous in the 80s, it was not surprising that the audience was at least in their 30s. The venue was already filled up pretty well when the support act entered the stage.

Das Gezeichnete Ich

This time, PET SHOP BOYS were supported by a band called DAS GEZEICHNETE ICH (The drawn ego). I didn't know this band and nowhere in the World Wide Web could I find any appropriate information about them. Their websites don’t tell much. All I could see was that there were 5 guys on stage making music. /

Music & Performance
Just in time, at 8 o'clock the light went out and DAS GEZEICHNETE ICH entered the stage. The set was started by an unplugged acoustic song and only the singer was visible. After it, five further songs followed that sounded like a mixture of PUR and HEINZ RUDOLF KUNZE teaming up with COLDPLAY. I didn't enjoy this music but they got some applause between the songs and after 25 minutes they announced last song ‘High’ getting the only bigger applause during the night and left the stage.

Music: 5
Performance: 6
Sound: 8
Light: 4
Total: 5.6 / 10

Pet Shop Boys

After a short change over, the stage was ready for the headliner and some minutes before 9 the light went out again and one of the most famous bands of the 80ies entered the stage. PET SHOP BOYS are a British electronic dance music duo, consisting of Neil Tennant, who provides main vocals, keyboards and occasionally guitar, and Chris Lowe on keyboards and occasionally backing vocals. The band has sold close to 100 million records worldwide. Since 1986, they have had 42 Top 30 singles and 22 Top 10 hits in the UK, including four Number Ones: ‘West End Girls’, ‘It's a Sin’, ‘Always on My Mind’ and ‘Heart’. At the 2009 Brit Awards, PET SHOP BOYs received an award for Outstanding Contribution to Music presented to them by Brandon Flowers. The duo's latest album, entitled ‘Yes’ (continuing the tradition of single word titles) was released on 23 March 2009. /

Music & Performance
PET SHOP BOYS entered the stage together with two dancers, dressed in funny coloured costumes with boxes on their heads and began the show. In the background of the stage were some big boxes arranged which were stacked, bowled over and new arranged again and again during the show, also they would be used to dance on, behind and between it by the four dancers who supported the PET SHOP BOYS on stage. Beside the beautiful music the show impressed visually by a great alliance of stage building, light show, video projections and the great dance performance; altogether a great live experience which pleased the eyes while Neil and Chris charmed the audience with their songs. Still surprising for me was how often Neil changed his costumes... serious or funky glittering suits, a robe and crown like a king, black suit with feather hat... and countless others.

The set list included older well-known songs like ‘Heart’ or ‘Go West’ as well as newer and calmer songs, latter one were built in into the middle part of the show. The audience, who mostly was born in the 70ies and 80ies, enjoyed the show especially of course during the very big hits everybody knows, even when he’s not a fan of the band. All over the show, the temper was mostly calmer but during the old hits like ‘Go West’, ‘Suburbia’ or ‘It's a Sin’, the mood exploded and people at the balcony left their seats and the whole crowd was dancing, clapping hands and singing along. The main set was finished after 22 songs with ‘It's a Sin’, but the crowd was not tired and requested an encore which was given with two more songs in the first encore bloc, and then a further last song - the Christmas song ‘It Doesn't Often Snow At Christmas’ where the dancers entered the stage dressed as Christmas trees - finished the set. Altogether PET SHOP BOYS and their great dancers satisfied their fans with a fantastic show.

01. Intro
02. Heart
03. Did You See Me Coming
04. Pandemonium
05. Love etc
06. Building a Wall
07. Go West
08. Two Divided By Zero
09. Why Don't We Live Together
10. New York City Boy
11. Always On My Mind
12. Closer - Devices
13. Do I Have To?
14. Kings Cross
15. The Way It Used To Be
16. Jealousy
17. Suburbia
18. What Have I Done To Deserve This?
19. All Over the World
20. Se A Vide E
21. Viva La Vida
22. It's a Sin
23. Being Boring
24. Westend Girls
25. It Doesn't Often Snow At Christmas

Music: 8
Performance: 10
Sound: 8
Light: 10
Total: 8.9 / 10

All pictures by Daniela Vorndran ( / /
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