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!
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
On September 5, British electronic duo Alunageorge performed a sold out show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom. Lead singer Aluna Francis has a hell of a voice and her sexy on stage swagger is sure to help make the group big stars. One of the highlights of the evening was a track I never thought I’d see performed live, Montell Jordan’s 1990s classic, “This is How We Do It.” The studio version is available as a bonus track on their record “Body Music,” which is out now!