Two legendary English bands of the ’80s, electronic-rock band New Order and synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys, recently concluded their ‘Unity’ North American tour. The tour spanned from Sep. 17 to Oct. 16 and the bands performed at notable cities such as Toronto, Brooklyn, and Los Angeles. One notable act that joined New Order and Pet Shop Boys was the legendary DJ/producer Paul Oakenfold himself, especially during the October 12th tour stop at the Chase Center.
Paul Oakenfold, in 1998 and 1999, was voted by DJ Mag as the #1 in the world. Fast forward to the year 2022, the English DJ/producer and Perfecto Records label head has changed the world of dance music through his vast, diverse discography, influences on current dance music stars, and is also in charge of his own tequila brand, Perfectomundo. Furthermore, the artist recently released his own autobiography titled, Ready Set Go, earlier this year and also his latest album, Shine On. Here is a quick review of the Unity Tour stop at San Francisco‘s Chase Center headlined by New Order, Pet Shop Boys and Paul Oakenfold himself.
Paul Oakenfold, New Order, and Pet Shop Boys still got it in them
Paul Oakenfold was the first act at Chase Center and the interval act between New Order and Pet Shop Boys’ respective performances. The Chase Center is home to the world-famous NBA franchise, the Golden State Warriors, and it has also hosted memorable concerts such as Illenium’s memorable Ascend Tour performance on December 2019. On October 12th, the Chase Center hosted New Order, Pet Shop Boys, and Paul Oakenfold, bringing in the top talents in electronic rock, synth-pop, and trance under one roof.
Upon entering the arena, one would notice the crowd composed of mostly individuals who grew up listening to New Order and Pet Shop Boys’ innovative electric synths and rhythms. These sounds represented a memorable time in modern music history and Paul Oakenfold provided the icing on the cake for those who were also old-school ravers back in the 1990s and early 2000s. Paul Oakenfold played classic and current hits from his discography, as well as his unique remixes of popular tunes.
Partying like it’s 1999 (or 1989)
Paul Oakenfold heightened the emotions with his two sets at the Chase Center and brought back nostalgic nightclub vibes for those who raved the night away back in the day. New Order electrified the audience with memorable smash hits such as “Blue Monday”, “True Faith”, and “World in Motion”. The band really brought out the inner punk teen inside many of the crowd members who probably were reminiscing their nostalgic youthful days.
Meanwhile, Pet Shop Boys wowed the crowd even further with their own popular tracks that took the world by storm during their heyday. The #1 Billboard-ranked hit track “West End Girls”, the intense “It’s A Sin”, and the addictive “Heart” also brought back fond memories for the audience at Chase Center. At the end of the night, New Order, Pet Shop Boys, and Paul Oakenfold, provided everyone at the Chase Center an unforgettable experience through musical performances that transcend time. The artists showed that they can provide excellent performances in any decade.