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Best band and a good modem. [Dec. 8th, 2009|03:00 am]
First a brief note for those who miss me (*g* sounds nicer than to say: who are waiting for a post, doesn't it?): modem is a good modem and went back to work after 5 phone calls to the support service.

Second and much, much more important: I managed to see Depeche Mode again. It took me ten years but who cares? I finally made it and gosh, it was worth the wait.

Best band in the world. Ever.

I slipped through the years in my mind and realised while I counted, that I listen to their music since I was 13. Which means for 21 years. I am old. They are old. I think I will never stop listening tho their stuff and whatever they do I will like it. I am not talking about the stupid kind of fan love. In fact they did a lot of crap during the years - but never when it came to their music. Whenn I look at their CDs I am hardly able to find a track I do not like.

To be honest I forgot when exactly or why I started to listen to DM. I think I saw a picture somewhere and it looked pretty interesting but I cannot tell anymore (shame on me). With DM and 101 my likes turned more... well, dark. I think this was the first step into this direction. Martin Gore fascinated me, I loved Alan Wilder, tried to look like Dave Gahan and I did not like Andrew Fletcher. I kind of grew up with their music and it was kind of a shock to hear the news back then when Dave Gahan almost died. I was in my car, driving home from work and I stopped, thinking: this was it. DM are gone. Possible to remember them but in fact they are gone. Sad thing. There was no need to cry or panic or do anything similar but it WAS a sad moment because a part of my life was gone. I try not to sound pathetic but you will probably get the point.

I remember my reaction to the news about their comeback tour 1998 but more I remember the reaction of my friends. It was Saturday evening and we went out when I told them pretty excited: DM will be back on tour. Are we going to see them? We ARE going to see them, don't we?
Well, what can I say? All I got were some doubting (and I am using the kind description here) looks and a kind smile (the ones which feel like patting the head, you know?). It took me three days to convience them that it was no media joke but a fact. The concert was great because it was a comeback no one had expected. It was like a 'welcome home' but it was nothing compared to this Universe tour. Nothing.

The stage setting with the huge screen and LED and movie effects was just great, delivering the perfect feeling for each song.

In Chains was followed by a perfect Wrong. It took Dave one song to control the audience. And respect, his voice has more power than the years before. Some young, so-called artists could learn quite a bit from his performance and presence. Looking at what he had been through during all these years it is fascinating how he looks today and what shape he is in. They played an impressive Hole To Feed and I think Walking In My Shoes was the first song he just listened to the crowd. The band could have gone home and let the people sing. It's No Good was done pretty well but it is not my favorite song, followed by A Question Of Time - the whole stadion went crazy - and Precious. I love these lyrics so much. World In My Eyes was just pure sex (and thank God we had chosen such a good place to stand at!). Dave might getting older but he will never lose anything from his charism. I think this whole song is a huge invitation for sex. *laughs*
I think it was Freelove when they projected balloons on the screen on stage - and piles of coloured balloons fell from the roof. The pingpong effect was cute and entertaining.

Well, not going into all the songs in detail. One highlight was (as always) Never Let Me Down Again with all the waving arms of the audience (as always). It must be an impressive feeling when 20.000 people do what you want them to do. Want have that feeling once in my life...

I liked that they played songs they normally do not play on tour like Dressed in Black and well, last but not least, Personal Jesus is always the ... the WHAT? I running out of words and superlatives to be honest. I think this song represents everything DM stands for.

What else can I say?
I missed two songs I was sure they would play them. Everything Counts (because it is always the last song on their concerts - why changing?!) and People Are People (because it was the key to their huge success). The concert was too short as always. One of my friends who were with me said that Martin Gore is a cutie pie (DON'T ask). I would never ever kick Dave Gahan out of my bed. And I still do not like Mr. Fletcher.

More than enough rambling for tonight, so good night

Your Knight.

Forgive me if there are piles of typing mistakes... it is three o'clock in the morning now.

[User Picture]From: sasha_b
2009-12-08 02:11 am (UTC)
Lord, I used to adore them. 101 is indeed a fantastic album and I've seen them once - at the Forum in Los Angeles before they tore it down. They sang their first number behind a large white sheet that covered the whole stage; they were backlit and it was just the silhouettes. Awesome stuff.

Everything Counts and Blasphemous Rumors are my favorite songs, although A Question of Lust is pretty damn awesome too. So glad you enjoyed it! I would agree with you on Dave Gahan; I wouldn't kick him out of my bed either. ;)

Get some rest! What a fun night.
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[User Picture]From: sarmatianknight
2009-12-08 12:41 pm (UTC)
Behind The Wheel at the Rose Bowl? Do not tell you where there when they filmed the movie *laughs* I would be jealous forever.

I love the message that Blasphemous Rumors delivers.

Well, join me and Dave then. I am sure we can find a bed that is big enough for us three *winks*

Take care,
Your Knight.
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[User Picture]From: sasha_b
2009-12-08 04:01 pm (UTC)
No, it was ... gods, I can't remember what album, but it was around 1993 or so. At the Forum in downtown LA. The only show I've ever been to with a movie being filmed was U2's Rattle and Hum at the Tarrant County convention center in Dallas. That was awesome.

And sign me up. *winks* Just let me know where and when. *laughs*
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[User Picture]From: cat_o_wen
2009-12-08 03:56 am (UTC)

From the person awaiting that post *gg*

FANTASTIC!!! I am so glad that you were able to see them again! You sound just like I sound about U2 *laughs* But I have listened to DM for as long as you have, just not as much as I was into U2. People Are People represents so much to a wide range of people everywhere does it not? I have to agree with Ashley on 'A Question of Lust' being pretty awesome. 'Stripped' is one of my personal favorites as well. I have most all of their CD's and like you said, can't think of any tracks that I don't like. Personal Jesus certainly defines the band for me *laughs*

Thank you for the details from the concert as well. I am embarrassed to admit that I have never seen them live. *hides*

I hope you do not have to get up too early and I am sure you are quite glad the modem works again. *g* I had my fingers and toes crossed for you!

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[User Picture]From: sarmatianknight
2009-12-08 12:39 pm (UTC)

Re: From the person awaiting that post *gg*

Must have been the toes crossing that did the work then! *g* Thank you, dear.

I remember it had always been kind of a fight between us Depechies and the U2 fans. I think this will never stop *laughs* And I still have friends I am discussing this thing: DM or U2, Dave or Bono, People Are People or Where The Streets have No Name?

A Question Of Lust is an awsome song, I am just not that much into the songs Martin Gore sings. I prefer the powerful voice of Dave Gahan but no need to discuss if the song itself is great. Stripped... they sang the song last night too and the whole crowd invited Dave with a loud 'Let me see you stripped down the the bone' to strip indeed. Sadly he did not follow the instructions.

If you will ever have the chance to see them live - go and see them. It is worth it (I know you could tell me the same about U2 *laughs*)

Getting some more sleep now and see if I can finish that post today finally.

Your Knight.

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[User Picture]From: deloriage
2009-12-08 01:30 pm (UTC)
DM! I saw them sometime in the the early to mid 90's, they played a summer concert here. The first song they opened with was "Stripped" (love that song!). I don't remember who opened for them though, but I probably have the tickets stub somewhere. Now I'll have to go dig it up to satisfy my curiosity!

Oooohh, "Never Let Me Down" is one of my favorite songs from them. But then again most of what you mentioned in your post were some of my favorites.(i.e. "World In my Eyes", "Question of Time", "It's No Good", etc.)

Sounds like you had a wonderful time and the photos are great!

Glad to see a post from you, and I hope your modem doesn't flake out on you again!
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[User Picture]From: maidenus
2009-12-17 09:31 pm (UTC)
"World in My Eyes" is a personal favorite of mine as well - and I think Moby did a cover in it as well that I love.
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[User Picture]From: maidenus
2009-12-17 09:30 pm (UTC)
Sounds like you had fun!

Depeche Mode is a great band :)
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