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The Pet Shop Boys' upcoming Dreamworld Tour is subtitled "The Greatest Hits Live." Which one of the following statements comes closest to expressing how you feel about them playing what is apparently a "greatest hits tour" this time around?

I think it's fantastic! A live PSB show with nothing but hits will probably be one of the best shows ever!
I'm disappointed. I love hearing non-hits like album tracks and b-sides live, so this show may not be as much to my liking.
I have mixed feelings about it. Some things I like about it, but I also have some reservations.
It's probably just a marketing gimmick. I suspect the show will still feature a number of non-hits, such as selections from their new album and other non-singles.
It really doesn't matter to me. I'm just pleased they're heading out on tour again, whatever form the show takes.
It doesn't matter to me because I almost certainly won't be attending any of the live shows, anyway.
I have a very different opinion from any of those expressed above.
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This website has no "official" connection to the Pet Shop Boys. It merely presents my own personal commentary—often including attempted explanations and interpretations—on the songs of my favorite contemporary pop band. Of course, this commentary has often been influenced by what the Pet Shop Boys themselves, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, have said about their music and by what others have previously written. Nevertheless, many of the observations I make here are original with me.

By no means am I suggesting that these are the "only" or "correct" interpretations. In fact, it's typical of great art, even great pop art, to lend itself to multiple interpretations. And I do consider the Pet Shop Boys to be the creators of great pop art. So you can take or leave my interpretations as you wish. If you disagree, please don't take offense. Rather, enjoy the fact that we're both fans of music rich enough to invite different interpretations.

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