According2g’s 13 Favorite Concerts of 2013

Posted by The G on December 9, 2013 under G Reviews | Be the First to Comment

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Tom Petty - Beacon 2013

Tom Petty – Beacon 2013

1. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers at the Beacon Theatre.   Original review here.

Johnny Marr - Music Hall of Williamsburg

Johnny Marr – Music Hall of Williamsburg

2. Johnny Marr at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Watch a video of the closest thing we’ll probably ever get to a Smiths reunion – Johnny Marr and Andy Rourke playing together on “How Soon Is Now”

 

Muse - Madison Square Garden 2013

Muse – Madison Square Garden 2013

3. Muse at Madison Square Garden.  There’s nothing like having strep throat and saying “Fuck it.  I’m going to the show anyway!”

Leonard Cohen - Radio City 2013

Leonard Cohen – Radio City 2013

4. Leonard Cohen at Radio City Music Hall.

 

Pet Shop Boys

Pet Shop Boys

5. Pet Shop Boys at Beacon Theatre.  Review of Night OneReview of Night Two.

Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac

Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac

6. Fleetwood Mac at Madison Square Garden.  Review.

 

Shirley Manson of Garbage - Terminal 5 2013

Shirley Manson of Garbage – Terminal 5 2013

7. Garbage at Terminal 5.  Review.

Garbage and the Screaming Females covering Patti Smith!

 

Oliver Sim and Romy Madley-Croft of the xx at Radio City Music Hall

Oliver Sim and Romy Madley-Croft of the xx at Radio City Music Hall

8. the xx at Radio City Music Hall.  Review.

Morrissey - BAM 2013

Morrissey – BAM 2013

9. Morrissey at BAM.  Review.

 

Nine Inch Nails - Barclays 2013

Nine Inch Nails – Barclays 2013

10. Nine Inch Nails at Barclays Center.

 

Jake Bugg - Iridium 2013

Jake Bugg – Iridium 2013

11. Jake Bugg at Iridium Jazz Club.

Martin Gore and Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode at Barclays Center

Martin Gore and Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode at Barclays Center

12. Depeche Mode at Barclays Center

 

Harry McVeigh of White Lies

Harry McVeigh of White Lies

13.  White Lies at Bowery Ballroom

 

Video: “But Not Tonight” live by Depeche Mode

Posted by The G on September 15, 2013 under G Videos | Read the First Comment

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On September 6, 2013 when Depeche Mode played the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, they delivered another mind blowing performance.  One of the highlights of the show was the rarely performed “But Not Tonight” from the “Black Celebration” era.  Not only is the song rarely performed, but the studio version is sung by Dave Gahan.  But not this night!  (ha!)  Martin Gore took over on vocal duties and killed it!  You’ll see what I am talking about as soon as you press play!

Video: “Halo (Goldfrapp Remix)” live by Depeche Mode

Posted by The G on September 11, 2013 under G Videos | Be the First to Comment

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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!

Review: Bat For Lashes and Depeche Mode at Barclays Center

Posted by The G on September 7, 2013 under G Reviews | 2 Comments to Read

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Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode

Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode

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

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 - Barclays

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.

Dave Gahan

Dave Gahan

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!

Martin Gore - Barclays

Martin Gore

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!

 

Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode

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

Encore:

Home / Halo (remix) / Just Can’t Get Enough / I Feel You / Never Let Me Down Again

An Encounter with Vince Clarke

Posted by The G on August 6, 2013 under Encounters with G | Read the First Comment

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Vince Clarke and Geoffrey Dicker

Vince Clarke and Geoffrey Dicker

Vince Clarke is not just a music legend, but he is also a music god!  Having the ultra cool honor of being in not one but THREE of the best (and most influential) bands of the 1980s, Depeche Mode, Yazoo and Erasure, he also does DJ gigs on the side!  Whoa!  I met Vince last weekend and despite all of his accomplishments, has managed to stay super cool towards fans!  He took a photo with me, I told him I loved him and that was that.  A perfect encounter, according to G.

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