For fans of synthpop, Pet Shop Boys and New Order's Unity Tour is a dream come true, with two of the most innovative groups of the last 40 years joining forces for a highly pleasurable, often dazzling night of classics of the form. Originally set for 2020, the tour finally got underway this week and hit Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Friday night, the first of two NYC shows they'll play.
The groups are alternating who plays first or second, depending on the market, but the setlists and set-lengths have been pretty much the same regardless which position they're in. At Barclays, Pet Shop Boys were first up and gave a master class on how to do an arena/pavillion show. Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe took us on a nonstop tour through their discography (and videography), with every element of the show considered for maximum wow. It played almost like a jukebox musical, starring themselves and minus any need for plot. Just the hits.