Wednesday, September 20

Pet Shop Boys Light Up The Fox

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Pet Shop Boys
Fox Theater, Oakland
October 28, 2016

All photos by Raymond Ahner.

Touring on the release of their latest album Super, Pet Shop Boys put on a spectacle to accompany their danceable electro-pop, setting the Fox on fire with stage theatrics and lighting while the audience danced away the night. One thing the duo has mastered is making pure synth-built sound as fresh and “live” as a full band, scaring away the DJ feel that usually results when the band is missing.

Pet Shop Boys

Flanked by two huge light globes and surrounded by lasers, the Boys wore, as always, unique costumes. Vocalist Neil Tennant wore a glittery lampshade hat to accompany his suit and tie and keyboardist Chris Lowe topped up with a silver dome. While they didn’t talk much, they did mention how it was nice returning to The Fox, and the audience felt the same.

Setlist: Inner Sanctum | West End Girls | The Pop Kids | In the Night | Burn | Love Is a Bourgeois Construct | New York City Boy | Se A Vida É (That’s The Way Life Is) | Twenty-something | Love Comes Quickly | Love Etc. | The Dictator Decides | Inside a Dream | Winner | Home and Dry | The Enigma | Vocal | The Sodom and Gomorrah Show | It’s a Sin | Left to My Own Devices | Go West (Village People cover) | | Domino Dancing | Always on My Mind(Brenda Lee cover) | The Pop Kids (Reprise)

For more information on Pet Shop Boys, see their website.

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Raymond Ahner is a professional freelance photographer residing in San Francisco, California. Growing up in the Bay Area, Raymond was lucky enough to witness both the Punk and Thrash Metal scene of the 1980's explode literally right in front of his eyes. It was a pretty special time in his life and is what instilled his love for live music. Over the years Raymond has been fortunate enough to combine his passion for live music with his love of photography. And although he will always love shooting the big arena Rock show, it is in a tiny, packed to the rafters club were he his most at home with his gear.

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