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Artful presentation, appealing tunes from Pet Shop Boys

As fans filed into the House of Blues early Saturday evening, an employee in the lobby hawked an upcoming show: “Boy George, next Saturday, here at the House of Blues — he’s not dead!”

That kind of sales pitch would be unnecessary for the sold-out Pet Shop Boys show. True, the gay-themed, transatlantic pop scene that made both the Pet Shop Boys and Boy George famous in the 1980s is very much dead and gone. But for three decades, the Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant (vocals) and Chris Lowe (keyboards) have maintained a greater degree of commercial and critical success than almost any of their peers, whatever the genre.

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