Coming together for an epic concert in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust, the duo invited a full orchestra and The Smiths turned solo icon and guitar hero to run through a career-spanning two-part set.
A couple of songs into the show after performing ‘Tonight Is Forever’, frontman Neil Tennant told the crowd: “We’re going to jump forward a few years to our album ‘Behaviour’ – officially our best album. A special guest from that album is going to join us now – would you please welcome Mr Johnny Marr.”
Marr then remained on stage for the duration of the two sets, when particular highlights came when he added his lush, signature and floral guitar sounds to ‘Jealousy’, ‘For All Of Us’, ‘It’s Alright’ and the climactic closer of ‘It’s A Sin’.
With the Royal Philharmonic accentuating the more orchestral elements of the Pet Shop Boys and adding a more opulent edge to their synth sound, other peaks in the show included ‘New York City Boy’ and the 1987 classic ‘Rent’.
Pet Shop Boys played:
Left to My Own Devices (with Sally Bradshaw)
Tonight Is Forever
This Must Be the Place I Waited Years to Leave (with Johnny Marr)
Later Tonight (First time since 1989)
New York City Boy
The Survivors (with Johnny Marr)
Leaving (with Johnny Marr)
Jealousy (with Johnny Marr) (First time since 2010)
It Couldn’t Happen Here
For All of Us (with Johnny Marr)
Can You Forgive Her?
Breathing Space (with Johnny Marr)
He Dreamed of Machines
Requiem in Denim and Leopardskin (with Johnny Marr)
Indefinite Leave to Remain (with Johnny Marr) (First time since 2006)
West End Girls (with Johnny Marr)
It’s Alright (with Sally Bradshaw) (First time since 2006)
It’s a Sin (with Johnny Marr)
Marr previously honoured Pet Shop Boys by introducing them before they received the Godlike Genius Award at the NME Awards 2017, saying that they duo “changed pop music, over three decades, with hit after hit after hit. They brought romance, glamour, style, high art to the wonderful thing that is pop music.”