In Concert: Depeche Mode

14 Jun

Depeche Mode - Sounds of the Universe - Cover

or (for us):

Finally getting our Christmas present

or (for me):

Visiting my past

Depeche Mode - Black CelebrationThe first concert I ever went to was Depeche Mode, nearly more than 25 years ago. (YIKES!) I was totally in love with their album Black Celebration, I listened to it without end, and when they played a concert nearby, I had to see them. My older cousin had to go with me (she wasn’t much into music) because I was rather young. And a good friend came with us, too. I bought the next album, Music for the Masses, but that was it. I preferred other music more now.

When I learned sometime last year that they would go on tour, I thought about going to a concert. A trip to my past, visiting my youth, something like that. Besides, they are supposed to be awesome live. The Boyfriend was also interested and so we got two concert tickets as our Christmas present. Then a few weeks ago we bought the new CD, Sounds of the Universe, to be prepared. (I rather like it).

You probably know that the tour got interrupted because of Dave Gahan’s illness and recent surgery, but I didn’t see a difference to what I knew his performance to be like from videos and DVD. Granted, our seats were far away, and didn’t stand in front of the stage like I love to do, but his energy still got me.

Depeche Mode - CupsIt started like this:

While waiting for Depeche Mode to come on stage, The Boyfriend got us something to drink (it came in the two cups on the right) and later, around 10 minutes before the start of the concert, the whole audience (40 000) did audience waves. It’s called La Ola here, but I’m not sure what it’s called in English. We kept it going for quite some minutes. It started at the front of the stage, swept through the audience down there, then jumped to one side of the seats and raced around the stadium to begin again in front of the stage. It was great!

When Depeche Mode did come on stage, the applause and the cheering was unbelievable. They had us from the start.

Here’s the first song:

DEPECHE MODE – June 2009 – In Chains – HD

Dave Gahan’s voice was amazing, the sound was very good and incredibly clear (we had a bad experience at another concert there last year), and the audience was enthusiastic and in a really happy mood. And woo-hoo!, they played four songs from the album Black Celebration: A Question of Time, Fly on the Windscreen and two of my most favorite Depeche Mode songs ever: Stripped and A Question of Lust.

A Question of Lust is sung by Martin Gore and he’s only accompanied by a piano here. Great song and great voice!

DEPECHE MODE – June 2009 – A Question of Lust

One of the last songs they played was Strangelove. Cool video on the stage screens.

DEPECHE MODE – June 2009 – Strangelove

Initially, I might have gone there because of nostalgic reasons; but it soon became clear that this was a very good and special concert. One I’m glad I could be part of and one I’m sure I’ll never forget. It was a great performance and a great audience. It all came together that night.

The overall highlight probably was the song Never Let Me Down because everyone was waving his/her hands in the air for the whole song. 40 000 persons!

DEPECHE MODE – June 2009 – Never Let Me Down Again – HD

Here’s just the waving:

The person who put this clip on youtube.com calls it “the most awesome thing I have ever seen at a live concert.”

He’s right. It was.

And I don’t mean just the hands waving.


Next up:

  • Linkin Park
  • Placebo

(That is, I can wish!)

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6 Responses to “In Concert: Depeche Mode”

  1. nath Monday, June 15, 2009 at 8:06 pm #

    Sounds like you had a great time, so that is good! I’ve never been to a concert…

  2. Taja Monday, June 15, 2009 at 10:45 pm #

    Nath – yes, it was great! Thanks. πŸ˜€

    If I had to choose between meeting other romance readers, especially for a few days, and going to the only concert ever of my most favorite band, I’m rather sure the romance readers would win hands down! πŸ˜‰

  3. Lady of the Review Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 4:36 am #

    Wow! I’m impressed! I haven’t been to a concert in…eek! A LONG time. *sigh*

    I love Depeche Mode. My favorite CD is Violator, but I really like some of their old & new stuff. Just depends on my mood. Sounds like they played some awesome songs. Jealous! πŸ™‚

  4. Taja Tuesday, June 16, 2009 at 8:38 am #

    Lady of the Review – oh, a fellow Depeche Mode fan. πŸ˜€ Although “fellow” isn’t exactly right because I’m more like a partial fan I guess. LOL But hey, I’m actually thinking about getting the CDs I’m missing. I’ll definitely be looking at Violater now. πŸ™‚

  5. Christine Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 12:50 am #

    That’s so cool!!! Sounds like you guys had an awesome time. πŸ˜€

  6. Taja Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at 7:53 am #

    Christine – yes! πŸ˜€

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