I saw my favorite band perform live last night. Depeche Mode came to Salt Lake City on their Sounds of the Universe tour. Out of all the Depeche Mode shows I’ve been to, this was by far the best performance I’ve ever seen. They performed for two hours! From 9:06 to 11:05 PM. There were two encores and the band was kicking ass the whole time. I stopped counting how many times I got goosebumps. My wife Tammy, and my friends Stephenie and San were there beside me. Seeing the show with them made it so great.
One of the best things about this concert, was that we had seats right next to the stage. My Facebook page has the pics. (link below)
Wow. We were about twenty-five feet from the stage, right at the level of the stage itself. We could see the individual glitter flakes on Martin Gore. We were on Martin’s side of the stage, and got to see him exchanging guitars and interacting with the stage-hands. It was the closest I’ve ever been and I’m so glad I got those seats. I got them during the pre-sale, and I think it was blind luck that I got them. I didn’t have a choice, the computer just gave them to me.
The band performed just about all their big hits, plus five songs off the new album. Here’s the set list:
Hole To Feed
Walking In My Shoes
It's No Good
A Question Of Time
Fly On The Windscreen
A Question Of Lust
Miles Away / The Truth Is
Policy Of Truth In Your Room
I Feel You
Enjoy The Silence
Never Let Me Down Again
Shake The Disease
Waiting For The Night (Bare Version)
In Chains—great opener, from the new album. My favorite song on the new one.
Wrong—it’s a rocking song live.
Hole To Feed --not my favorite, but good live. Dave loves the rocky songs.
Walking In My Shoes—the best version I’ve ever heard. I got goosebumps.
It's No Good—major crowd pleaser, so much fun.
A Question Of Time --this one got a ton of people dancing—including me.
Precious --one of my favorite DM songs. So amazing.
Fly On The Windscreen—powerful song. Dave was so into this song.
Jezebel—Martin sang this new song. Not my favorite, but he sounded good live.
A Question Of Lust --awesome song by Martin. Incredible.
Miles Away / The Truth Is—not my favorite song off the new album, but rocking.
Policy Of Truth—such a great song and Dave was on fire.
In Your Room --major goosebumps on this one. One of my favorite songs ever.
I Feel You—the best version they’ve done. So awesome and Dave was crazy!
Enjoy The Silence—the crowd went wild on this one. Martin’s guitar was good.
Never Let Me Down Again --fabulous ender for the set. The whole crowd did the whole two arm waving thing that always happens with this song. The band was so happy at this point. We could see their expressions so well. They love their jobs and we love them.
Shake The Disease --Martin sang this. Wow. Amazing first encore song. It showed how skilled Martin is, and how cool this song really is.
Stripped --the crowd went wild. Dave was hard core.
Strangelove --great version. Dave was into it, plus the video screen behind them showed an Asian girl sucking the toes of a beautiful (topless!!) redhead. The crowed loved this song. How could we not?
Personal Jesus—second encore! The crowd was the most crazy during this song. The crowd sang the chorus with so much gusto. We went crazy until they came back out.
Last song . . .
Waiting For The Night (Bare Version), Dave and Martin went out onto the long catwalk that jutted into the crowd and did an acoustic version of this classic song side by side. We saw them in profile, and were so close. It was a stunning way to end the show. Martin and Dave sang together and sounded so good. I did not want the show to end. Dave said the crowd was awesome and we gave them a huge standing ovation. The whole band got together, bowed, waved and we bid them farewell. Dave said he would see us all next time. Now I need to download the live versions of the songs from their website.
Tam and I had a great night.
Author of The Golden Cord