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Sonic Seducer will be publishing a book about Depeche Mode in December as a part of the magazine’s  20th anniversary. According to their website it’ll include exclusive photos and interviews of the band and their solo projects. You can preorder the book here.

It’s a limited edition, I couldn’t find any information on how many of them are to be sold though.

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I don’t know if I’m going to buy one, I haven’t made up my mind yet. I’m just a little irritated that it’s a book about the band and there’s only Dave on the cover. I don’t think this is right. Of course the focus is on him right now since he’s on tour with the Soulsavers. However, if it’s supposed to be a book about the band, all members should appear. All, or none of them.

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Setlist

01. Welcome To My World
02. Angel
Interview (The band on their time in Berlin)
03. Walking In My Shoes
Interview (Andy on recording in Berlin and Toast Hawaii)
04. Precious
Interview (Martin on his time in Berlin and how he wrote Black Celebration)
05. Black Celebration
Interview (Dave on his songs and Should Be Higher)
06. Should Be Higher
Interview
07. Policy Of Truth
Interview (Peter Gordeno on his and Martin’s part of the show)
08. The Child Inside
09. But Not Tonight
Interview (Tourists/people in the streets)
10. Heaven
Interview (Dave about Anton’s visuals)
11. Soothe My Soul
Interview
12. A Pain That I’m Used To
13. A Question Of Time
Interview
14. Enjoy The Silence
15. Personal Jesus
Interview
16. Shake The Disease
Interview (Dave on his and Martins connection during this tour)
17. Halo
Interview (Jonathan Kessler on touring)
18. Just Can’t Get Enough
Interview (Christian Eigner on drumming)
19. I Feel You
20. Never Let Me Down Again
21. Goodbye

(I tried to recall what every interview was about. I’m not sure if I got everything right but I didn’t want to take notes the whole time)

11 months ago I was in Berlin to attend the two Depeche Mode Shows at the O2. Yesterday among other Devotees in Munich I had the chance to have a preview of the upcoming Live-DVD we all have been waiting for for so long. As I entered the cinema I could see a sign which said: “Dear Guests, we were told by the producer of this life recording that there is a image and sound interference during the film which lasts about 10 seconds. Unfortunately the producers did not notice this interference while producing the file. We apologize for any inconvenience.” A friendly member of the staff also told us about that fact before they showed the film. There was a short image-freeze indeed but I hardly noticed it.

As some of you might remember I had mixed feelings during the Berlin shows. The band seemed exhausted and somewhat not really authentic. So I was eager and curious to see what Anton Corbijn made of it. The live video of “Should Be Higher” was more than proof he was the right man for the job. It’s amazing how he captured the energy of the band’s performance.
But how can you capture energy that was not really there? Anyway as a huge fan of Anton’s work for Depeche Mode I was sure he wouldn’t let us down. Aaaaaand I was right!

As soon as the lights went off and I could hear the Intro I was missing for such a long time I was there again. Back on tour, back on the road, back in the best time of my life. I felt such joy and excitement as I watched the band backstage getting ready for their performance. The sound of “Welcome To My World” filled the air and I was in a complete state of happiness. After the band finished playing “Angel” the concert stopped and a short interview with the band followed. That came really unexpected and the audience was a bit irritated. Different members of the band were talking about their time in Berlin, their special relationship with this city and its influence on their music.
The whole concert recording was interrupted by short interview clips where Dave, Andy, Martin, Christian, Peter and Jonathan Kessler talked about their role in the band, their past especially in Berlin, the songs and their favourite parts of the show. All of these clips were recorded in black and white which strongly reminded me of the footage the band showed at the press conference in Paris where they announced the upcoming tour in October 2012. It kind of brought it all together and I liked it a lot.

Martin talked about his former girlfriend and how he was threatened with a gun at the border to East Berlin while attempting to get there. Andy remembered the restaurant where he used to order toast hawaii everyday. At one point Anton Corbijn even asked people on the streets what Depeche Mode meant to them. Only few of them actually knew the band.

As much as I liked the short clips (they were quite funny) I hope the DVD will have a recording of the show without any interruptions. At one moment you sing and dance to the sound of Depeche Mode and then suddenly Christian Eigner talks about his drum set. Like I said, I liked these clips a lot but constantly interrupt the live performance to show them is just a mood-killer.

Due to the very dynamic camera work Anton Corbijn managed to distract the viewer from the band’s exhaustion. The show appeared a lot more energetic than it did back then. The band seemed to enjoy the whole thing. I suppose Anton used most of the footage from the 27th which was the second show when the band was way more relaxed and outgoing. Well played Mr. Corbijn!

All in all I really enjoyed the preview in Munich, I laughed, I cried and I already preordered the DVD. See you next time!

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… to one of the greatest poets of our time:

Mr. Martin L. Gooooooooooooore!

One year ago today I was standing in front of the band’s hotel in Prague amongst other fans singing “Happy Birthday” to Martin. In november 2013 he finally gave me an autograph. This was my highlight of the tour and one of the best moments in my life.

Today I’m just singing in my head. Happy Birthday Martin!

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Looking for a keyboarder who needs only one finger to push the right buttons? Who you gonna call?! “Flush” Fletcher!

My most sincere congratulations to Mr. Andrew Fletcher. Happy Birthday!

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Thank you for great music, excellent entertainment and an awesome tour!

See you next time!

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Weeks turn into months…

Posted: 29. April 2014 in Miscellaneous
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… and we fans keep asking ourselves: What might Mr. Gahan, Mr. Gore and Mr. Fletcher be doing right now?

Well, Dave was seen last week walking the streets of NYC doing something he is really good at: looking gorgeous. The guys from GQ magazine noticed this and listed him amongst their top 10 of the Best-Dressed Men of the Week. Although the title was a bit deceptive since Dave in my opinion is the only “man” on the list. Dave_GQ

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… well, that’s something.

 

But this and other categories were left out of the show. Probably because the band did not show up to accept their award.

Who needs those stupid awards anyway. A great Delta Machine Tour with hundreds of thousands of cheering fans speaks for itself.

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Just kidding!

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Last year Depeche Mode performed their single “Heaven” at the  ECHO Awards in Berlin. This year they are nominated in two categories.

Album Of The Year

Andrea Berg: “Atlantis”

Depeche Mode: “Delta Machine”

Helene Fischer: “Farbenspiel”

Santiano: “Mit den Gezeiten”

Robbie Williams: “Swings Both Ways”

In my opinion only Robbie Williams can really compete with them. But since the number of sales plays a huge role in the decision who will get the award the other nominees might have an advantage. They adress an audience which is a bit older and keeps buying CDs and albums instead of downloading songs. It is said there’s also a jury involved but I’m not really sure of that. Well, we’ll wait and see what happens. Of course I’m in favour of Depeche Mode. “Delta Machine” is a great album, I liked it right away.

Group Rock/Pop International

Bastille: “Bad Blood”

Bon Jovi: “What About Now”

Depeche Mode: “Delta Machine”

One Republic: “Native”

Sunrise Avenue: “Unholy Ground”

I actually like listening to Bastille. And I used to be a fan of Bon Jovi in my teenage years. But it kind of feels like they’ve been releasing the same album since the last 15 years. Jon Bon Jovi also tends to use the same phrases in almost every song. Through the years it started bothering me more and more. Speaking of lyrics, those by Sunrise Avenue are to shallow for my taste. I’m a lyrics person. A good song needs good lyrics. I must admit I’m really spoiled when it comes to this. Martin Gore provided me with fantastic music and great poetry for decades. He’s a real songwriting genius even though he also fails every now and then.

I don’t know yet if Depeche Mode will attend the award ceremony. I think it’s rather unlikely since their tour ends on March 7th and I assume they will head home for some time off. I don’t think they will come back to Berlin for the ECHO 20 days later.

Depeche Mode already won the ECHO once in 2010 for “Group Of The Year Rock/Pop international”

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According to www.depechemode.com Depeche Mode have cancelled their concert in Kiev which was scheduled for wednesday 26th. I’m really sorry for the Ukrainian fans. I hope the band will make up for this as soon as the political situation is stable.

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Setlist

00. Intro
01. Welcome to My World
02. Angel
03. Walking in My Shoes
04. Precious
05. Black Celebration
06. Should Be Higher
07. Policy Of Truth
08. The Child Inside
09. Judas
10. Heaven
11. Behind The Wheel
12. A Pain That I’m used to
13. A Question Of Time
14. Enjoy the Silence
15. Personal Jesus
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16. Shake The Disease
17. Halo
18. Just Can’t Get Enough
19. I Feel You
20. Never Let Me Down Again

If you can watch two 50 year old guys shaking their butts against each other without making it look awkward, you’re probably at a Depeche Mode concert and the guy’s names are Gahan and Gore. And it means you will have a real good time for the next two hours.

Yesterday I made my way to the Hallenstadion in Zurich again to see my last and 21st Depeche Mode show this tour. This time I had a seating ticket so I had plenty of time and arrived pretty late. Because of that I missed the performance of the support act. Well, I’ve seen them 4 times now, that should be enough. Although the concert was not sold out the crowd was much livelier than the night before. The concert had not started yet and they were already making a lot of noise.

Shortly after 9pm I listened to the intro for the very last time and Depeche Mode started their show. All around me the people jumped off their seats. Although many remained sitting the audience was very enthusiastic. When “Behind The Wheel” was played they went crazy. There was jumping and screaming. It seemed the whole arena was shaking.

Since it was the 2nd show in Zurich I was hoping for some setlist changes. “Should Be Higher” was played again which made me really happy. Martin sang “The Child Inside” and “Judas”, which brought me to tears.

Dave came back on stage expecting the crowd to sing along the last part of Mart’s second song as usual. So he held his microphone into the audience. They didn’t know what to do so they just started cheering. Peter Gordeno then started singing “If you want my love” showing the crowd what was expected from them. They did as requested. Just tell us what you want and we’ll do it. Simple as that.

During “Heaven” many fans held up signs with “Forever and ever Depeche Mode” written on them. The band seemed really touched. Dave communicated with the audience very often. It sounds really funny when he tries to pronounce “Zürich”.

At the encore Martin sang “Shake The Disease”. The show ended as usual with “Never Let Me Down Again” and many people waving their arms. Feeling happy and sad at the same time I made my way home again. It was a great ending of a great tour and I’m already looking forward to the next one.