Photos: Pet Shop Boys and New Order bring The Unity Tour to Chicago

New Order performs at the Huntington Bank Pavilion in Chicago on September 30, 2022.

It was a blustery, chilly night in Chicago on Friday, September 30, but the drop in temperature was no problem for those at the Huntington Bank Pavilion on Northerly Island, as New Order and the Pet Shop Boys provided the fuel for a fire. who made everyone dance the night away.

The co-headlining outing features each band playing 90-minute sets, alternating who closes each night. In Chicago, New Order – Bernard Sumner (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Stephen Morris (drums), Gillian Gilbert (keyboards), Phil Cunningham (guitar) and Tom Chapman (bass) – had the honor of the final performance of the evening and they delivered a show full of their greatest hits.

Before starting with “Regret,” Sumner joked about Chicago’s infamous nickname.

“We know why they call it the Windy City now,” he said, later adding, “Let’s have fun.”

Everything about the nightly rendition of “Age of Consent” was iconic. The layering of synths, strings and beats satisfied the soul as Sumner sang lines that seemed to have been seared into the collective consciousness of the crowd. Even the lake breeze complimented the performance. ‘Ceremony’, ‘The Perfect Kiss’, ‘Bizarre Love Triangle’ and many more songs continued to build momentum for the experience.

The Pet Shop Boys perform at the Huntington Bank Pavilion in Chicago on September 30, 2022.

The Pet Shop Boys perform at the Huntington Bank Pavilion in Chicago on September 30, 2022.

“On keyboards from Blackpool, Lancashire, the one and only, Chris Lowe. My name is Neil Tennant. Chicago, we’re the Pet Shop Boys. We’d like to thank you for being a fabulous audience tonight,” Tennant said. midway through “Being Boring” after featuring touring musicians Simon Tellier (drums, keyboards), Clare Uchima (keyboards, vocals) and Afrika Green (drums, vocals). really needs no introduction.

“Domino Dancing”, “Where the Streets Have No Name (I Can’t Take My Eyes Off You)” – with Tennant giving Gene Kelly some serious vibes in a sparkly trench coat, singing while hanging from a lamp post – and ” Opportunities (Let’s Make Lots of Money)” made it impossible to sit still, but the biggest dance party came during the irresistible “It’s a Sin.”

“It’s Alright”, originally performed by Chicago House pioneers Sterling Void and Paris Brightledge, was dedicated to all the “old school ravers” in the crowd and the “West End Girls” sang along to the room scale.

The good vibes continued to flow between sets as Paul Oakenfold was on hand to keep the energy going with his rendition of songs by the Eurythmics, Fatboy Slim and The Prodigy, among others.

The Unity Tour is the not-to-be-missed back-to-school event. Click here to buy tickets for upcoming shows and see photos from the Chicago stop below. More information about upcoming shows at the Huntington Bank Pavilion can be found at Livenation.com.

(Photos by Laurie Fanelli)