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Depeche Mode Reviews
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We started the night out for dinner and drinks at the nearby Loose Moose (which
was awesome and fun). Then we walked done the block to the Air Canada Center.
We had to find our way up to the 3rd floor where we quickly found a booth to buy a
requisite t-shirt, and another few drinks. (Yes, the 3rd floor! Thanks, in no part, to
the bots on TicketMaster.) We got into our seats in time to enjoy a few of Warpaint's
warmup (great songs, ladies!), then onto the main event. The crowd was really
revved up as Gahan, Gore, and Fletcher entered the stage, and the sound at the ACC
was spectacular! The speakers hanging from the ceiling almost looked organic, and
the digital sound was crisp and mind-blowing! I've seen all of Depeche Mode's
concerts in Toronto since their Violator tour show at the CNE Grand, but this was by
far the best of all of them. I want to wish David, Martin, and Andrew a hearty
Canadian "THANK-YOU!" for all the years you've put into entertaining us! We loved it!
Keep it up!!
The show started slowly with the crowd somewhat
subdued.You could tell the band were aware that the
crowd was hesitant about getting into the whole show.
It wasn't until halfway through that the crowd started
to give something back to Gahan as he tried to stir
them up. If you watch any of their other concerts that
were filmed you can see the crowds willingly
participate in everything the band has to offer but not
so at this last show. It took a lot of cajoling from Gahan
to bring them along for the ride but towards the end
we were all willing passengers on the Depeche Mode
After previewing the Spirit Tour a couple of times on YouTube before I saw them in Houston, I had prepared myself for a slow concert. I expected things to only pickup the pace after about 45 minutes, but I was WRONG. The show was full gas from the start, lots of energy. The Houston crowd was amazing and fun to be with. There is no way DM could play all of my favorites, it just won't happen and I know they gotta get the new songs in the mix too. BACKWARDS and POISON HEART are new great live tracks. That being said they did GET THE BALANCE RIGHT all-in-all. Dave was great, he is certainly one of the best front men of all time. So good to hear Martin sing SOMEBODY with Peter on piano. And yes, even I still wonder if Andy's keyboard is plugged in after all these years. I've seen them 24 times and this tour now ranks in the top 5 for me, so there you have it. Peter and Christian are fantastic musicians too and not to be ignored.
How can you not be blown away by 2 1/2 hours of DM. For diehard fans it could have been 6 stars out of 5
though. Some of the new stuff is tepid and to fit those in an leave out Policy of Truth, A Question of Time and
Black Celebration left me with a twinge of disappointment. That said it was so close to the sweetest
This was by far one of their best concerts since the Devotional Tour. There was lots of energy during the entire concert. Dave was on the move from the opening song. I sat in the 300 section and could see everything and the crowd was right into the concert. For artists in the mid 50's, they rocked.
After al these years, Dave and Marty still have it.
We have not missed a show since the 80's and look forward to the next one already.
DM are the most under estimated live band in the world - they did not disappoint!
Sorry to see some of these reviews stating that they did not play 'Stairway to heaven"
for them - get over yourselves....this is not simply an 80's band!
The first few songs were sluggish. I had read other
cities set lists. I was kinda bummed to be honest. I felt
like they did t do their popular ones. I also felt like it
was short? Maybe because of the slow beginning. I
would’ve like to hear Martin sing more than one at
the beginning and one at the end. I missed hearing
it’s no good. Strangelove!! Policy of truth. Dave didn’t
dance as much! I loved it and had a great time. But
I’ve seen them 8 times over 25+ years. And left
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