or (for us):
Finally getting our Christmas present
or (for me):
Visiting my past
The 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.
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.
- Linkin Park
(That is, I can wish!)