Return of the Pop Kids
“They called us the Pop Kids, ‘cause we loved the pop hits,” is a line culled from The Pet Shop Boys’ single The Pop Kids, which came out last year and provided us with a manifesto of sorts (“We were so sophisticated, telling everyone we knew, that rock was overrated”). It also proved that Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant were never ones to merely retread their chart topping years of the 1980s and 1990s on the nostalgia circuit, with the pair still banging out singles and albums that marry the best in dance and pop music. In fact you can put their last two albums - Electric (2013) and Super (2016) - up against any of their earlier stuff and not find them wanting.
Of course, they have one of the greatest back catalogues in the history of British pop and they always pull out their biggies for their live performances which continue to be some of the most innovative shows around. And Neil Tennant always enjoys being back on Tyneside with the singer commenting: “It always feels special to come home and perform a show and Sage Gateshead has established itself in the last ten years as one of Europe’s very best venues for all genres of music.” Even POP.Pet Shop Boys, Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 September, Sage Gateshead, 7.30pm, £49.10-£80. sagegateshead.com