Pet Shop Boys' Electric Tour with Jacques Lu Cont at the Fillmore Miami Beach, September 12

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Check out Crossfade's full 28-photo slideshow from last night's Pet Shop Boys show in Miami.

Pet Shop Boys' Electric Tour
With Jacques Lu Cont
Fillmore Miami Beach
Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Pet Shop Boys kicked off its U.S. tour in Miami last night. And nearly 30 years after the duo's inception, singer Neil Tennant and keyboardist Chris Lowe are still trying to keep it fresh while many other acts their age have become nostalgia shows.

With a new album, Electric, featuring heaily in a setlist peppered with key '80s hits, the duo mixed it up well with an elaborate stage show that featured ultra-dramatic costume changes, dancers wearing steer skulls on their heads, and lots of laser beams.

See also: Pet Shop Boys Awarded Keys to Miami Beach: "Do We Get Free Public Transport?"

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Photo by Ian Witlen
Check out Crossfade's full 28-photo slideshow from last night's Pet Shop Boys show in Miami.

The show ran on time, opening a few minutes after 8 p.m. with a DJ set by Jacques Lu Cont (AKA Stuart Price), who is touring with the duo.

He produced the usual house music/perpetual beat stuff with enough dramatic pauses to stir anticipation before returning to the beat as a giant screen behind him flashed his "name" in various animated, vintage 8-bit fonts.

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Check out Crossfade's full 28-photo slideshow from last night's Pet Shop Boys show in Miami.

Though most of the older crowd who were there for the Pet Shop Boys stood around, they gave up occasional hoots and applause to the set. Still, Price smiled, grooved, fist pumped, and mouthed along to some of his samples like all the rockstar DJs are expected to do. After 45 minutes, it abruptly ended to a roar of applause.

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Photo by Ian Witlen
Check out Crossfade's full 28-photo slideshow from last night's Pet Shop Boys show in Miami.

A few minutes later, the opening tune to Electric, "Axis," faded in as the scrim screen lit up with a giant, rotating orange cone and the silhouettes of the Pet Shops Boys marching toward the crowd in their signature cone hats and bulky, frizzed out jackets that made them look like computer pixels gone rouge.

The living, breathing duo could hardly be seen behind the screen, standing still in similar outfits. Tennant offered his sparse lyrics to the tune and the music buzzed, twinkled, and pulsed. Lowe wore his usual large, dark sunglasses and hardly moved.

See also: Pet Shop Boys: Why They're Forefathers of EDM


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The Fillmore Miami Beach

1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, FL

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3 comments
irvingjh
irvingjh

"Elder"? Were the gay men in the crowd 80?

Tony Albelo
Tony Albelo

I was blown away by the concert. I thought it was going to be a last-gasp type of deal, but it was far from that. The band was hip and relevant. You could easily say a lot of EDM artists today owe something to these guys. Their new single VOCAL is a soon to be EDM hit for sure. Loved the show!

robyn.medlin
robyn.medlin

One of the best shows I've ever been to. Pet Shop Boys are one of the first bands I ever discovered as a kid, and they are still as relavent today, 25 years later! This show was like a music of great music, art, theater and dance. Like seeing a musical. The best! I would go see them again in a heartbeat!!

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