Oh yes, Depeche Mode have announced the title of their new album AND tour! Last week, they held a press conference in Milan, Italy and announced that the new album will be entitled Spirit to be released in 2017, followed by the Global Spirit Tour next summer. Currently, only the European dates are available, which I’ve listed below. I seriously considered going to the London show (tickets are still available for the pitch/general admission), but that would be too difficult to pull off with Dominic still in school. I’ll just have to wait until the US dates are announced to have my shot at seeing my all-time favorite band live. Most dates for the European leg have already gone on sale, so cheers to the lot of you who already have tickets!
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll already know where I was on June 27th. That’s right, I attended one of the most intimate Depeche Mode gigs ever in my life: Martin Gore’s DJ set at SOhO in Santa Barbara, which was a part of their fundraising show series!
If you read back to 2010 here on my blog, you’ll see that meeting Alan Wilder was probably one of the biggest highlights as a long time Depeche Mode fan because Alan was my favorite member while he was still with Depeche Mode (original post here). Regardless of whether or not he’s with the band, I still follow his career and meeting him was more than memorable. So seeing Martin Gore DJ in the intimate setting of a night club was the next best thing to meeting him because I was just a few feet away from him. Until then, the closest I’ve been to any current member of Depeche Mode was when I was 16, and I went with my sister and best friend at the time to the backstage entrance of the San Diego Sports Arena (now the Valley View Casino Center). We watched Depeche Mode board their bus during the Black Celebration tour (the actual picture from July 11,1986 is below, and you can see Alan Wilder approaching in the white shirt and black pants).
For this fateful trip to Santa Barbara, I went with my good friend Angi, who has attended several Depeche Mode concerts with me over the years. I believe we’ve seen the Singles Tour, the Exciter Tour and the most recent Delta Machine tour together, so it was fitting for us to take a girl’s weekend and see Martin. Once we settled into our hotel room and went out to dinner, we made the trek to SOhO and waited patiently in line, along with a night club full of true fans. Because we arrived so early and also because we are Visual Arts majors (that’s how we met in college), we started off the evening by taking random artsy pictures of the club’s interior.
The highlight, of course, was seeing Martin Gore. Martin didn’t just play random remixed club hits. His set was very eclectic, and really reminded me of Alan Wilder’s show for Recoil, without the visual effects presentation. I recognized a few songs off of his latest album and I couldn’t stop smiling for the entire show because it was just such a cool event.
I’ve captured the evening in a few pictures below, including a You Tube video of Martin’s entrance to his set, a Filpagram I posted on Instagram (with Brink as the backing song, from Martin’s recent album), and a little story of how I got an autographed flier (*squeal!*). Cheers and enjoy!
Backstory (because I always have one): I originally asked for a blank flier from a couple of people who worked at SOhO, just as a take home souvenir. When I asked one of the ladies that worked there for one, she said “Well, I don’t have any blank ones, but I have signed ones, would you like one?” YES, PLEASE! We took home three: one for me, one for Angi, and I sent one to David (@1doudou42 on Instagram), who’s post alerted me to the show, and I would never have gone had I not seen his post!
Being on this shopping hiatus has given me the ability to refocus and put my energy into other endeavors. As I’m sorting and editing pictures for some “Fashionably Late” posts, I’m also putting together more playlists on my Spotify account because I’ve suddenly got a list of concerts this summer that I’ll be attending. In the midst of putting together “My Favorite…” playlists of bands I’ll be seeing like Spandau Ballet and Echo & The Bunnymen (which are my versions of “Greatest Hits” playlists), I decided to put together a playlist of Depeche Mode cover songs. There are some that were known to me already (all of the ones from For the Masses), some I discovered while searching to see if there was a cover version of a certain song (like People are People by A Perfect Circle), and some I wish I could have added but just couldn’t find on Spotify (like Duncan Sheik’s Blasphemous Rumours or Monument by GusGus).
Initially, I posted this playlist on Facebook, and some friends reminded me of some songs that I forgot. Of the songs I found, I placed them in an order that I thought was “audibly aesthetically” pleasing (like the juxtaposition of Marilyn Manson’s Personal Jesus next to the Pitch Perfect sounding Just Cant Get Enough cover by InsideOut). Some songs repeat, because both versions were just too good to be left off (Cage9 and Nada Surf’s versions of Enjoy the Silence). I had to end my playlist with one of my most favorite covers ever: Depeche Mode’s version of Route 66.
Below, you’ll find my Spotify playlist which I called “Covered in Depeche Mode”, and the full list of songs as well. I’ve also added my Spotify playlist to the sidebar of my blog, and will change it up regularly. Cheers and have a great weekend!
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I Feel You – Johnny Marr
Personal Jesus – Johnny Cash
Lie to Me – Razed in Black
Leave in Silence – Marsheaux
Enjoy the Silence – Cage9
Stripped – Rammstein
Walking in My Shoes – Finger Eleven
A Question of Time – Clan of Xymox
Ice Machine – Royksopp
Everything Counts – Real Life
World In My Eyes – The Cure
Personal Jesus – Marilyn Manson
Just Can’t Get Enough – InsideOut A Cappella
Master and Servant – Bernd Delbrugge & floorJIVERS
Never Let Me Down Again – Smashing Pumpkins
But Not Tonight – Scott Weiland
People Are People – A Perfect Circle
Policy of Truth – Dishwalla
Enjoy the Silence – Nada Surf
Just Can’t Get Enough – John Lindberg Trio
Route 66 – Depeche Mode
Earlier this month, I attended a fantastic night of music at San Diego’s House of Blues with my sister Rholnna, and my best friend Janice, featuring three tribute bands: Only-U, a tribute to Kraftwerk; SIN, a tribute to Nine Inch Nails; and Strangelove, a tribute to Depeche Mode.
Unfortunately we missed Only-U, but I swear it was for a good reason! But we did catch SIN, and they were fantastic. They played the staples like Closer and Head Like a Hole, but it was good to hear them include NIN’s version of Joy Division’s Dead Souls.
The highlight of the evening was of course, seeing Strangelove. Prior to the show, we had the honor and privilege of interviewing the band (coming soon), which allowed us to have a backstage view like I’ve never had before.
STRANGELOVE is (left to right):
Jim Evans as “In The Fletch” – keyboards, sequencing, backing vocals, percussion
Freddie Morales as “Devotional Dave”– lead vocals, visuals, lighting design, sequencing
Brent Meyer as “Counterfeit Martin”– music director, keyboards, vocals, guitar, melodic, sequencing, percussion
David Sepe as “Alan Wildest” – keyboards, sequencing, backing vocals, percussion
With Janice and Rholnna backstage.
As a Devotee to the religion that is Depeche Mode, I must insist that you see Strangelove live. If you are a regular follower of my blog, you know how big of a fan I am Depeche Mode, and when I closed my eyes at the Strangelove show, I not only hear them, but I feel them. It is truly amazing how much they devote to not only sounding like them musically, but Freddie (“Devotional Dave”) and Brent (“Counterfeit Martin”) also use British accents to complete the authenticity. Since Dave is the main visual focus of the group, Freddie turns it up a notch by taking the audience through a history of Dave Gahan’s looks, like the fringed jacket in the Personal Jesus video, the white outfit from the World Violation Tour and Dave’s more current sleek suited look from the Delta Machine tour. Freddie truly does Dave’s live persona justice to the point where is it almost uncanny, not just with his near exact replication of Dave’s vocals, but by the way he dances and interacts with the audience. But really all of the members take their rightful place in their true-to-life rendering of when The Mode were a fabulous foursome. Jim (“In The Fletch”) may be in the back, but he is incredibly energetic with his tell-tale Andrew Fletcher glasses. I nearly cried when Dave (“Alan Wildest”) played a spot on version Somebody on piano and Brent had me breathless at how much he sounds like Martin Gore on his amazing renditions of Home and Somebody.
From one song to the next, their set list reads like the greatest Depeche Mode show that would ever be played, and the sold out crowd loved every minute of it! In my upcoming interview with the band, Brent explains that some of the sounds are authentically Depeche Mode, received from none other than Alan Wilder himself! Still need convincing? I’ve included their version of Get The Balance Right below from the HOB show.
I want to thank the gentlemen from Strangelove for taking the time to talk to me and especially to Brent for inviting me, Janice and Rholnna backstage to experience their live show. I hope you enjoy the pictures, and stay tuned for the upcoming interview post!
I have concluded my week-long mind, body and soul refreshing experience, and I’m ending it in spectacular manner by finally seeing Strangelove, “the ultimate Depeche Mode tribute band” tomorrow at San Diego’s House of Blues. My BFF Janice and my sister Rholnna will be in attendance with me, and I believe tickets are still available here. I’ll have a full review of the show, and hopefully a little more. If you go, please make sure come up to me and say hi!
Here are the rest of my photos from the #ModeMay Instagram photo-a-day challenge by DepecheMode.com. I had SO much fun with this photo challenge! True, part of the fun was getting two of my photos selected to be re-posted by DepecheMode.com, but most of the fun was the creativity, seeing all of the other wonderful pictures and meeting new people to interact with and follow on Instagram. It’s nice to know there are so many kindred spirits who share the same love for Depeche Mode as I do. As always, thank you for following along, especially when I indulge in sharing some of my favorite things. Enjoy!
May 17th: Personal Jesus (top photo); May 18th: A Question of Time
May 19th: Strangelove
May 20th: Barrel of a Gun
May 21st: I Feel Loved
May 22nd: Goodnight Lovers
May 23rd: In Your Room
May 24th: Devotional
May 25th: Freelove
May 26th: World In My Eyes (selected by DepecheMode.com)
May 27: Behind The Wheel
May 28th: Walking In My Shoes
May 29th: Halo
May 30th: The Meaning Of Love
May 31st: Enjoy The Silence (taken at Amoeba Music in Hollywood)
As promised, here are my pictures from #ModeMay, a photo-a-day challenge on Instagram from DepecheMode.com (original post here). I’m posting just day 1 through 16 first, then the last half afterwards. All items pictured are from my personal collection. Enjoy!
May 1st: Speak & Spell (top picture); May 2nd: A Broken Frame
May 3rd: Construction Time Again
May 4th: Some Great Reward (autographed by Alan Wilder)
May 5th: Black Celebration (selected by DepecheMode.com)
May 6th: Music For The Masses
May 7th: 101
May 8th: Violator
May 9th: Dave Gahan’s Birthday
May 10th: Songs of Faith and Devotion
May 11th: Ultra
May 12th: The Singles (81-85, 86>98)
May 13th: Exciter
May 14th: Playing The Angel
May 15th: Little 15
May 16th: Sounds of The Universe (my CD was stolen, so I substituted Delta Machine)