Depeche Mode Rocked!

I have been going through You Tube and checking out music that I haven’t listened to in a long time- all this stuff from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.

(Bones creaking.)

I was listening to someone else, maybe The Jam (could Paul Weller any cuter than he was in this video???) and saw a link to Depeche Mode.

There is a ton of concert footage and some from this last tour. I saw them when they were in Toronto this past July and they were amazing!

Someone who used to work for my company bought extra tickets to the Toronto show because he knew he would be in town- and because the L.A. show sold out shortly after the tour was announced. I couldn’t believe how close we were to the stage- spitting distance.

I didn’t want to get my hopes up too high- it has been a long time since their heyday- but the energy was incredible. The bonus fry was that Peter Bjorn and John opened. We missed the first part of their set but they were really good. I felt bad for them because the place was still filling up and if the Molson Amphitheatre is not full, it can feel a little cavernous. I could be very easily persuaded to see them again- but a smaller more intimate venue (with no more than 500 of my closest friends) would be ideal.

When Depeche Mode finally came on stage, it was electric. David Gahan was seriously sexy (even though I don’t find him particularly attractive). He was doing this shuffle strut thing that vaguely reminds me of a Mick Jagger move. Seeing it again…swoon. Andy Fletcher was looking long in the tooth but Martin Gore looks EXACTLY THE SAME. (How is that possible?)

There is a lot of footage from the Toronto concert and some that looks like it was right around where I was standing. This one was probably a little to my left and a few rows back. I think I can even hear my friend squealing at about 5:20. Seriously.

This one is even closer to where we were. The high pitched girly yelling at the beginning of this clip really sounds like my friend (again)- or maybe she just projects.

Their music really translates well live and they put on a good show. The upshot is that I would see them again and it was nice not to feel like a good chunk of the audience was young enough to be my kid!

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~ by angryegg on December 21, 2009.

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