If you can forgive the fact that I missed the first line of the song, you are about to see an emotionally charged rendition of “Halo” by Depeche Mode from Barclays Center in dreaded Brooklyn when the band performed here on September 6, 2013. This version is the Goldfrapp remix and it’s quite different from the original. It’s much more stripped down (to the bone) and a lot slower. I prefer the original version personally, but after avoiding seeing any setlists from the Delta Machine tour before watching the show unfold before my eyes, I joked on Facebook that they’d better play “Halo,” and lo and behold, they bloody well did! Wow!
On September 6, 2013, Depeche Mode and Bat For Lashes rocked our worlds at their sold out show at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The show started promptly at 7:30 PM, with Natasha Khan (better known as Bat For Lashes) hitting the stage. If you are unfamiliar with her music, she has a powerful voice that is somewhat of a cross between Bjork and Florence Welch and her songs are dramatic and epic. This was my first time seeing her perform and it was so worth the wait. She hypnotized the crowd with songs such as “Laura,” “All Your Gold,” and the show closer, “Daniel.” After signing songs that really showed off her great voice, she would humbly say thanks to the crowd and if you weren’t already in love with her, you fell hard after that! Her 2013 release “The Haunted Man” is very underrated, so please check it out.
Natasha Khan of Bat For Lashes
Slightly before 9 pm, the main attraction, Depeche Mode came out. Smartly, they started off with 2 tracks from their latest album “Delta Machine,” (“Welcome to my World” and “Angel”). Lead singer Dave Gahan looked healthier to me than he has in years and he was extra flamboyant, extra animated and he danced and pranced all over the stage for the duration of the show. Armed with a huge screen behind them that projected visuals as they performed the songs of our generation, it’s mind blowing to think that Depeche Mode have been around for three decades, are sounding better than ever and show no signs of slowing down.
Martin Gore and Dave Gahan
Dave took many opportunities to perform closely with Martin Gore and Martin also took over the spotlight for show highlights such as “Home,” and a stripped down version of “But Not Tonight,” which is sung by Dave on the studio version. A video of “But Not Tonight” will be coming soon, so stay tuned! Though Depeche Mode did the obligatory handful of tracks from their new album, they also padded the show with hit after hit after hit.
Hearing tracks such as “Policy of Truth,” “Walking In My Shoes,” “Personal Jesus,” and “Enjoy The Silence,” pretty much made the crowd go completely ballistic and even though at times, one would rather hear really obscure songs instead of the obvious hits, being in a stadium full of people reaching out to touch faith still gives me chills every time! Another major highlight was the not very often played “Black Celebration,” which was a stadium sing-a-long and is such a welcomed fuck you to mainstream radio!
Surprisingly, Depeche Mode resurrected one of their earliest hits “Just Can’t Get Enough” for this tour and it was a very welcomed addition to the set. You may not think of Depeche Mode as a stadium band, but after seeing them in concert, you will never think of them otherwise! Thanks DM for another mind-blowing show!
The setlist was:
Welcome to My World / Angel / Walking In My Shoes / Precious / Black Celebration / Policy of Truth / Should Be Higher / Barrel of a Gun / The Child Inside / But Not Tonight (acoustic) / Heaven / Soothe My Soul / A Pain That I’m Used To (remix) / A Question of Time / Enjoy The Silence/ Personal Jesus
Home / Halo (remix) / Just Can’t Get Enough / I Feel You / Never Let Me Down Again
Depeche Mode fans are about to get a little happier on June 6, 2011 when the band releases their second collection of remixes. The set entitled “Remixes 2 81-11” will be released in two formats on June 6, 2011. A single disc and 3 disc version will be released. You can see the tracklist (courtesy of Depeche Mode dot com) below:
1. Dream On – Bushwacka Tough Guy Mix Edit (2001)
2. Personal Jesus – The Stargate Mix (2011)
3. Suffer Well – M83 Remix (2006)
4. John The Revelator – UNKLE Reconstruction (2006)
5. In Chains – Tigerskin’s No Sleep Remix Edit (2011)
6. Peace – SixToes Remix (2009)
7. Tora! Tora! Tora! – Karlsson And Winnberg (from Miike Snow) Remix (2011)
8. Never Let Me Down Again – Eric Prydz Remix (2011)
9. I Want It All – Roland M.Dill Remix (2011)
10. Wrong – Trentemøller Remix (2009)
11. Puppets – Röyksopp Remix (2011)
12. Everything Counts – Oliver Huntemann And Stephan Bodzin Dub (2006)
13. A Pain That I’m Used To – Jacques Lu Cont Remix (2005)
1. Dream On – Bushwacka Tough Guy Mix (2001)
2. Suffer Well – M83 Remix (2006)
3. John The Revelator – UNKLE Reconstruction (2006)
4. In Chains – Tigerskin’s No Sleep Remix (2011)
5. Peace – SixToes Remix (2009)
6. Lilian – Chab Vocal Remix Edit (2006)
7. Never Let Me Down Again – Digitalism Remix (2006)
8. Corrupt – Efdemin Remix (2009)
9. Everything Counts – Oliver Huntemann And Stephan Bodzin Dub (2006)
10. Happiest Girl – The Pulsating Orbital Vocal Mix (1990)
11. Walking In My Shoes – Anandamidic Mix (1993)
12. Personal Jesus – The Stargate Mix (2011)
13. Slowblow – Darren Price Mix (1997)
1. Wrong – Trentemøller Club Remix (2009)
2. World In My Eyes – Dub In My Eyes (1990)
3. Fragile Tension – Peter Bjorn and John Remix (2009)
4. Strangelove – Tim Simenon/Mark Saunders Remix (1988)
5. A Pain That I’m Used To – Jacques Lu Cont Remix (2005)
6. The Darkest Star – Monolake Remix (2006)
7. I Feel You – Helmet At The Helm Mix (1993)
8. Higher Love – Adrenaline Mix Edit (2004)
9. Fly On The Windscreen – Death Mix (1985)
10. Barrel Of A Gun – United Mix (1997)
11. Only When I Lose Myself – Dan The Automator Mix (1998)
12. Ghost – Le Weekend Remix (2009)
1. Personal Jesus – Alex Metric Remix Edit (2011)
2. Never Let Me Down Again – Eric Prydz Remix (2011)
3. Behind The Wheel – Vince Clarke Remix (2011)
4. Leave In Silence – Claro Intelecto ‘The Last Time’ Remix (2011)
5. In Chains – Alan Wilder Remix (2011)
6. When The Body Speaks – Karlsson And Winnberg Remix (2011)
7. Puppets – Röyksopp Remix (2011)
8. Tora! Tora! Tora! – Karlsson And Winnberg (from Miike Snow) Remix (2011)
9. Freestate – Clark Remix (2011)
10. I Want It All – Roland M. Dill Remix (2011)
11. A Question Of Time – Joebot Presents ‘Radio Face’ Remix (2011)
12. Personal Jesus – Sie Medway-Smith Remix (2011)
Long time readers of this site know that Depeche Mode is one of my all time favorite bands. Needless to say when I found out Alan Wilder’s band Recoil was doing a rare New York show and I was already committed to seeing Florence and the Machine across town, I was not entirely happy about it. I decided the only way to have a perfect evening was to attend both events! Because I am super bad ass like that, I was able to. Florence was awesome, Recoil was awesome. Added surprise bonus of the evening was Depeche Mode’s lead singer Dave Gahan was in attendance at the Recoil show, marking possibly the second public appearance of Alan Wilder and Dave Gahan in the same room in over 15 years! Dave was sitting in the upstairs VIP section (almost in darkness) so it was hard to get photos, but I found another one I’ll share with you (after the jump). But back to Alan Wilder! As another surprise bonus, Alan Wilder did a meet and greet after the show! Alan was super cool and he autographed 5 Depeche Mode cd Booklets for me (Music For The Masses, People Are People, Some Great Reward, Catching Up With Depeche Mode and the CD Single to Enjoy The Silence) and he took a photo with me as well. My friend had an even better experience as he also got a photo but he had Alan sign 19 things for him. Pretty slick, according2g. I asked Alan if Depeche Mode had a lot of unreleased songs in the vault and he only said “not really.” We can all keep our fingers crossed that he meant to say “tons, and they’ll all be released soon!” Thanks again Alan for great music past and present and for being so cool!
Recoil (featuring Alan Wilder of Depeche Mode on the right)
What could be better than having your mind blown by seeing Florence and the Machine in concert for the first time? I know! How about rushing to the opposite side of town to see a member of one of your all time favorite bands (Alan Wilder of Depeche Mode) performing live with his musical project Recoil. As an added (and extra amazing) bonus, Depeche Mode’s lead singer Dave Gahan was in attendance watching the show! I unfortunately missed seeing the opening acts, but I got to the Highline Ballroom at 10:30 pm just as Recoil hit the stage. They performed for a little over an hour in a megamix format that featured banging beats and trippy visuals. Unfortunately, Dave Gahan did not perform with Recoil, but a dark industrial instrumental of Depeche Mode’s “Never Let Me Down Again” was played during the set. I met Alan Wilder after the show and he was really cool. A photo of that encounter is coming soon, so stay tuned. After the jump, see my secret spy picture of Dave Gahan that I took.