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Pet Shop Boys Draw Large Flock To Chastain

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British electronic dance music duo Pet Shop Boys consist of Neil Tennant on vocals, keyboards and guitar and Chris Lowe on keyboards and vocals. Their show at Chastain Park Saturday evening, September 12, was close to capacity with a devoted and enthusiastic following of fans who call themselves PET HEADS. The production was an elaborate blend  that included video screens , dancers and large white cubes that were used as projection screens and risers for the performers. The cubes were dramatically knocked down from a huge wall  into separate cubes and reassembled in various ways during the show.
 
Pet Shop Boys are in the midst of a world tour promoting their newest album entitled ‘YES’ and will head to Europe in the Fall and Winter. They have sold over 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, the duo received an award for Outstanding Contribution to Music.

TELL US WHAT YOU THOUGHT OF THE CONCERT.  (Photo Credit:Lisa Keel/ www.robbsphotos.com)

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21 comments Add your comment

Robert Cappellanti

September 15th, 2009
10:45 am

It was awful- they had a DJ play before the show for 90 min, and the show didn’t start until nearly 9.30pm. We left after 30 min. What a bunch of rubbish. Too much fluff and not enough vocally.

Cesar

September 15th, 2009
11:58 am

Robert you don´t know nothing about them as I see.You were there and get off in 30 minutes ..C´mon rethink all you´ve said.This kind of commentary , in fact it is really rubbish.

LIsa

September 15th, 2009
12:09 pm

I thouroghly enjoyed this show it was a beautiful evening with beautiful people and everyone I saw had a smile on their face and was out of their seats!

#1Pet Head

September 15th, 2009
12:50 pm

Robert: you are an idiot. If you don’t like the music that is one thing, but you don’t know what you
are missing by leaving. The pets are awesome live, and they put alot of work into their shows.
The pets don’t suck, you suck. PSB effing rule!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BoydAD

September 15th, 2009
1:29 pm

So, Robert didn’t have sense enough to wait beyond his insensitivity limit of 30 minutes of stirring electronic music before leaving Pet Shop Boy’s Saturday night show? So what? Robert isn’t an idiot. He just doesn’t get PSB. And who really cares? It’s his loss. I’ve seen PSB in their last four shows in Atlanta, two or maybe more of which were at The Tabernacle. The Chastain Park Amphitheatre is one of the most beautiful venues in the city, the crowd at the PSB show on this stop were wildly enthusiastic, standing on their feet and dancing to the songs that are truly the soundtrack of many of our lives. Chris and Neil and their dancers/backup singers put on one of the best and tightest shows I’ve ever seen. I didn’t even mind the 90-minute set the DJ played before PSB took the stage around 9:30 p.m. The DJ came out into the audience afterwards and sat in the row behind me, which he likely does at every stop on this North American tour with PSB. And who could blame him? If you had a chance to see PSB perform this show every night for a month or so, wouldn’t you be excited about it? Maybe the DJ’s got the best gig of all!!!

alessandro

September 15th, 2009
4:30 pm

took my 4 and 6 yr old to the show as they are fans too. i thought the crowd was kind of luke-warm actually – stunned at the many available seats. the show was beautiful and the first of theirs i have seen. would have liked it to start a little earlier.

david

September 15th, 2009
10:52 pm

Came with 3 friends from Birmingham for the concert. Had the VIP meet & greet tickets and was thrilled to meet the idols I have listened to (and played when I was a dj) for 25 years…I was really kind of awestruck and probably made an ass out of myself, but i’d pay to do it again. The Boys were very polite and graced us with a few minutes of witty conversation and autographs. Thought the show was fabulous,though I don’t think anything could compare to the elaborate ‘Performance’ tour from the early 90’s. One thing I will say is that I was disappointed to see that all of the primo seats right in front of the stage were filled with The Real Boring Housewives of Atlanta who sat down for almost the entire show while the entire lower ring of Chastain behind them danced for the whole show.

JUAN

September 16th, 2009
12:18 am

Fantastic night! The Chastain concert was absolutely flawless and during an early – about 5:00 meeting with Neil and Chris was unreal, surreal, etc. Neil asked “…have we met, you look so familiar…” I told him about being their absolute greatest fan and he said allot say that. I told him the reason for the familiarity is that their 1st concert in 1999 at The Tabernacle I met (him) them and spoke for about an hour while the stage was being set up. You have to get there at 11 am a 9 pm show if want something like that to happen. He completely remembered and said is your email is…….. and I said yes and your’s is…….YOU have a flawless memory (+) his eyes were on me during many “occasions”. Get RELEASE, their 8th CD and listen to track -9 – The night I fell in love…Petheads will know what I mean. :>) I love you guys *wink*

Ingvar

September 16th, 2009
1:37 am

Super show in Milwaukee WI tonight 9/15/09. Thank you very much !!

Paul

September 16th, 2009
11:22 am

I’m seeing the show in December here in the UK and I’m looking forward to it. It’s a shame Robert didn’t like it and didn’t even stay around to give it a chance but that’s his choice.
Juan, you’re name isn’t Stan is it? ;)

Carlos

September 16th, 2009
4:38 pm

Hey Robert were you on drugs? Might be dude cause’ the show was simply amazing, but only for people who love music and culture not for trash like you.

ALFINA Wilson

September 16th, 2009
10:12 pm

I WISH I had been there and watch the Concert being performed outdoor! And those who followed the Pet Shop Boys on Twitter received a message that the show had to be delayed until dark due to the projection issue – it would not have shown when there is still daylight. Hence the performance delay.

But I had personally watched this show twice in the East Coast, and once it had to be delayed by about 45 minutes due to projection issue also. It did NOT diminish my fondness for the Show and the Pet Shop Boys.

robert

September 17th, 2009
9:00 am

Great Show ! different Robert. First time to see them and Chastain Paark. A great venue. I am looking for a Atlanta song list..Thanks

JUAN

September 17th, 2009
3:04 pm

Paul, now YOU are a true pethead! I would NEVER disclose and no “…video camera…/ BTW greetings from Atlanta USA!

JUAN

September 17th, 2009
3:16 pm

Robert (Atlanta Song List) email me (In Private) so as not to spoil ANYONE who has not seen it. Too many spoilers out there!

Erick

September 18th, 2009
5:29 am

Saw the show last Friday in Orlando – having seen the 1990 Performance tour, I must say it doesn’t hold a candle to that (few things do), but after a slow start, the PSB’s got rolling big time. Few notes: should have played Opportunities and What Have I Done (To Deserve This) – 2 HUGE hits and both were MIA. The fact that the DJ played until 9:30 was an issue but the larger issue is what the guy was playing; the dullest and most direction-less house music. Play some euphoric trance, get the audience going, not put them to sleep. Heck even some Deadmau5 music would be preferred. Overall, very visual, colorful performance that closes out with one of the greatest pop songs in the history of recorded music – not bad at all.

Erick

September 18th, 2009
5:33 am

And Robert, I get your leaving after the first 25 minutes, it starts out slowly (most of the newer material) – but if you would have stuck around, you would have had a very entertaining evening.

KC

September 20th, 2009
4:24 am

Juan.. so your not Stan, no video camera.. were you late for school then ?

Hell, I had a great time. Danced my arse off.. you can view some of the clips (from Russia) on youtube.. can’t wait for the DVD to come out (it better come out!!! )

Etienne Muller

October 1st, 2009
12:46 pm

I saw the Petties for the first time in Brighton on their Nightlife tour. I was in London for 4 years at that time and new their manager at the time. So she gave me a backstage pass and I spoke to Neil before the show while he was getting ready. It was very surreal.
Now I’m back in South Africa waiting for them to follow the likes of Robbie Williams and the Killers doing a show in SA.
Please guys, give it good think………….

Etienne Muller

October 1st, 2009
12:47 pm

I saw the Petties for the first time in Brighton on their Nightlife tour. I was in London for 4 years at that time and knew their manager at the time. So she gave me a backstage pass and I spoke to Neil before the show while he was getting ready. It was very surreal.
Now I’m back in South Africa waiting for them to follow the likes of Robbie Williams and the Killers doing a show in SA.
Please guys, give it good think………….

TallTex

October 2nd, 2009
4:06 pm

This was the first show I saw on this tour, followed by SF and Vegas (and then Berlin coming up in December). Bought all my tickets through the fan pre-sale. The seats sold through that outlet pretty much sucked — I could have gotten better seats on general sale for the same price. For two of my four shows the Ticketmaster beast sold me tickets for seats that didn’t exist. Literally. In Atlanta I ended up on the press row next to the photographer who took the shots above, which turned out to be interesting. (Hi Lisa) However, if any Pets management sees this — PLEASE dump Ticketmaster next tour and go with a more fan-friendly service such as gigs-n-tours. It would have been nice had someone made an announcement about why the show was beginning so late. Now, all that said, the Pets can do no wrong as far as I’m concerned. This was a right proper introduction to the show but it didn’t hold a candle to the second night of San Francisco, front and center in general admission — such euphoria being so close and in close quarters with other Petheads. See you in Berlin, mates!