Pet Shop Boys rock Brasilia
I WENT to the see the Pet Shop Boys in concert last night at Marina Hall in Brasilia. It was absolutely packed with Brazilian fans of all ages and gender, though I must admit that I must have seen the most gay men ever per square meter in Brasilia.
Did you see me coming?Was I that obvious?For all of a suddenthere were just two of usYou don’t have to bein “Who’s Who”to know what’s whatYou don’t have to bea high-flyerto catch your slotThe night we metwas cold and wetI needed a drink or twoI saw you standing thereand I knewI’d loveto be loved by you…
The stage was filled with white cubes that were constantly being moved or thrown around, and onto which various images were projected. The English duo were accompanied by four back-up vocalists cum singers, whose energetic dance moves added energy to the show.
The audience perked up when the Pet Shop Boys played some of their more popular songs such as Go West, It’s a Sin and West End Girls.
Tickets to shows in Brazil are quite expensive compared to the US. I paid R$180 ($103) for my seat, but it was in a cordoned-off area and I was just 30 meters away from the stage. I also bought a gray PSB Pandemonium on tour t-shirt for R$60 ($34), which I am wearing as I write this. This was cheaper than my ticket for Cirque du Soleil’s Quidam show, R$250 ($143), that I watched the night before.
While I would like to be able to pay less for my entertainment, I am grateful that there is now so much going on in Brasilia that one is often spoilt for choice. I remember growing up here in the 1970s when the only options were the Teatro Nacional with an occasional performance of the Bolshoi Ballet and American film festivals at the Casa Thomas Jefferson. Brasilia, you’ve come a long way baby!