Webmaster Daniel has posted a new gallery of show photos from the three Staples Center shows over on the Depeche Mode Facebook page. Check Out The California Shows, Part Two.
Webmaster Daniel has posted a new gallery of show photos from San Diego, Santa Barbara and Mountain View over on the Depeche Mode Facebook page. Check Out The California Shows, Part One.
The Delta Machine Tour made its way back into the US from the Canadian shows last week, starting with two stops in New York.
With New York City’s musical and cultural center shifting across the East River from Manhattan to Brooklyn, Depeche Mode were the kings of Kings County (Brooklyn) for a night. They were among the first musical acts to have played at the year-old Barclays Center. The experience at Barclays was unique in that there was a large outdoor area under a city-block wide oval LED sign looping above it. Unlike the under-renovation MSG that has hosted the boys in the past, the Barclays Center arena is the dominant presence in the neighborhood, towering over the busy intersection, and providing a spaceship-like plaza for the masses that gathered.
The band relished the opportunity to play the new venue, and the crowd in Brooklyn reciprocated, giving them a hero’s welcome and raising the volume level to near-deafening at times. The sound was crisp, and the arena was the first on this leg of the tour to feature a catwalk extending from the stage where Dave and Martin extended the performance space out into the orchestra seats. Crowd stompers like “Enjoy the Silence” and “Never Let Me Down Again” saw Dave teasing the crowd out on it.
Given the show’s location, it was perhaps no surprise that recent Brooklyn transplant Vince Clarke was in attendance for what was reportedly his first Depeche Mode gig since leaving the band.
After parties aren’t a given at all cities on the tour, but the band’s triumphant return to New York gave them a chance to reconnect with old friends and industry folks, and they did so in style in a private section of Barclays, hosting a couple hundred folks who came to celebrate and wish them well.
Nikon at Jones Beach Theater is one of the more unusual amphitheaters in the States, in that the stage is built atop the water of a bay, creating a dramatic view for the audience. It’s been a repeated stop for the band since 1986′s Black Celebration Tour and is a ritual for New York fans when the band tours. The venue was badly damaged during Hurricane Sandy last year, with much of the stage, backstage and the orchestra having been submerged and covered in seaweed. No signs of the damage remained as the band rocked the beach.
Unlike many other outdoor sheds, there’s no roof covering any part of the venue, which gave fans on Sunday an opportunity to enjoy the late summer sunset as Bat For Lashes provided another night of support beautifully for the band, taking the stage at about 6:30pm.
Back during the Music for the Masses Tour, Orchestral Manouevres in the Dark famously supported DM, including a stop at Jones Beach in 1988. Twenty-five years later, OMD’s Paul Humphries was among those who attended Sunday’s Delta Machine Tour show here.
While the boys have crafted a killer setlist spanning their career for the Delta Machine Tour, they shook it up further on Sunday for the faithful who may have attended both shows in the New York area. The Jones Beach audience was treated to a number of surprises, including “Behind the Wheel,” “World in My Eyes” and “John the Revelator.” As if those didn’t send the crowd into enough of a frenzy, Martin debuted an arrangement of “When the Body Speaks” with Peter, Fletch and Christian supporting him on keys and Mart himself on guitar. “Shake the Disease” and “Somebody” had 15,000 backup singers helping Mart out. Stunning.
The buses continue winding south before heading out west for the remaining shows on this leg. For those who have yet to see them, you’re in for a treat.
Live Nation has an exclusive look at the Delta Machine Tour.
The North American tour made true on its “North” title with its first stop in Canada Sunday night at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, a venue directly on the shore of Lake Ontario. This is one of the few stops on the tour where you could dock your yacht next to the venue. To add colour to the stop, the Canadian National Exhibition (“The Ex”) was happening adjacent to the venue, with the requisite carnival rides lit up and doughnut burgers just outside the gates.
Outdoor amphitheaters are the go-to for summer tours in North America, and we were looking forward to seeing the 16,000 fans in the sold out venue. The lower part of the bowl is covered, which worked out well for fans there, as the skies opened up during the show, giving those with lawn tickets an unplanned shower. The sound is generally great in amphitheatres, and the Molson didn’t disappoint.
The VIP Nation package buyers chilled at their pre-show reception and swag raffle, which included guitar strings that Martin had used to play “Enjoy the Silence” on at the Atlantic City show as a grand prize — pretty happy winners there! The backstage area was relatively calm this night, as the band and crew relaxed along the water with the ducks swimming by.
From the opening notes of the intro and “Welcome to My World”, the Toronto audience was rabid. Martin performed “The Child Inside” and fan favourite “But Not Tonight.” The crowd ate it up, belting out every lyric so faithfully and so loudly, that Martin declared, “It’s like a musical!” The audience was fully mesmerized by Anton’s visuals, especially during numbers like current single, “Should Be Higher.”
Not only were all 32,000 arms swaying wildly during the “Never Let Me Down Again” ‘wheat wave’, but we’re pretty sure we caught a couple of security guards in the front waving too. That had to be sight for the people on the Ferris wheel across the way at “The Ex” to see.
Looking forward to another Canadian show in Montreal before swinging back south for the remaining shows in the U.S.
A tour as big as this, there’s always a lot going on. Some days, some cities there’s a lot more going on than usual. We’ve just had a couple of those days.
Three weeks into the tour and we’re back in the UK for two back-to-back sold out shows at London’s O2. For all sorts of reasons London is always special. Not least because there are so many familiar faces around. Suffice to say, I’m glad I’m not involved with allocating tickets and sorting the guest list. Backstage is crazy busy, and there’s barely room to catch your breathe until the band actually takes to the stage.
I missed the support band first night, but did manage to see some of Trentemøller’s set the second night. He (or they, as he’s got a full band with him) will be with us for a few weeks, as we hit Germany. Definitely not to be missed!
Depeche Mode were on great form both nights. Being back to back shows, they changed a substantial portion of the songs for the second show. I think 6 or 7 songs were performed for the first time since the tour started proper. They were clearly having a lot of fun with it. I’ll stick up a few pictures along with this.
After the second show, and a quick load out, the crew took to the road… next stop (lemme check)… Munich!
See you out there
if you missed last night’s live blog of the Nice tour kick-off, check out our Tumblr.
photo credit: Markus Nass / Electronic Beats
Last night, the band performed a special showcase set in Vienna. Check out the pictures from the show above, and stay tuned to depechemode.com for the full stream of the show, coming April 10th. More details to follow…
DEPECHE MODE CONFIRMS RETURN TO NORTH AMERICA WITH THE DELTA MACHINE WORLD TOUR
Pre-order or Purchase Depeche Mode’s New Album Delta Machine on Amazon.com By April 1st And Receive Early Access to Tickets
Tickets Go On Sale To The Public On April 6th at LiveNation.com
LOS ANGELES, CA (March 11, 2013) – Depeche Mode, one of modern music’s most influential groups with album sales in excess of 100 million, will bring THE DELTA MACHINE WORLD TOUR to North America this summer. As pioneers of the post-punk era and the most popular electronic band of all-time, they continue to draw legions of loyal fans to arenas and stadiums around the world to experience their once-in-a-lifetime performances. Depeche Mode will kick off their tour on August 22nd at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Detroit with shows scheduled through October 8th at the Desert Sky Pavilion in Phoenix, AZ. Tickets go on sale to the public on Saturday, April 6th on LiveNation.com.
“I’m really looking forward to getting out there and performing. There are so many die hard Depeche Mode fans who have been with us every step of this journey that I can’t wait to see. I also hope that we gain some new fans with the release of Delta Machine, and I look forward to exposing them to a great Depeche Mode live performance,” said Dave Gahan.
Martin Gore added, “I enjoy being in front of an audience because our songs really take on a life of their own when performed live. When we’re performing, the stage almost becomes a mirror for the people who have been there since the beginning, and we become a reflection of our audience. I’m looking forward to this tour for that very reason.”
The band will make a rare U.S. television appearance tonight on “The Late Show with David Letterman” which will be preceded by a “Live On Letterman” multi-song set webcast on CBS.com and VEVO, Monday, March 11 (8:00 PM, ET/5:00 PM, PT). VEVO, the world’s leading all-premium music video and entertainment platform, is an official media partner of The Delta Machine Tour in North America.
Delta Machine, Depeche Mode’s highly anticipated 13th studio album is scheduled for global release by Columbia Records on March 26th.
Citi® cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Monday, April 1st at 10 AM local time through Citi’s Private Pass® Program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.
While supplies last eligible fans who pre-order or purchase Depeche Mode’s new album Delta Machine on or before April 1, 2013 on Amazon.com will receive a unique presale code good for early access to purchase up to two tickets for their upcoming North American tour. Early access using the presale codes is available between Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 10 AM local time and Friday, April 5, 2013 at 10PM local time. Please note concert tickets and presale codes are subject to availability and the presale code does not guarantee tickets to the concert or price level of your choice.
Beginning today, fans can RSVP to the Facebook presale by visiting http://bit.ly/DMRSVP for access to presale tickets beginning Thursday, April 4th, at 10 AM local time.
• LIVE NATION MOBILE:
Live Nation mobile app users will have access to presale tickets on Friday, April 5th at 10 AM. Mobile users can text “LNAPP” to 404040 to download the Live Nation mobile app. (Available for iOS and Android.)
All presales end at 10 PM local time on Friday, April 5th.
Prior to coming to North America, Depeche Mode will begin their European stadium tour in Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park on May 7th. They will perform 37 shows in 25 European countries, featuring appearances at Milan’s famed San Siro Stadium, the Stade De France in Paris, and Moscow’s Locomotive Stadium before wrapping up the European leg of their tour in Minsk, Belarus on July 29.
THE DELTA MACHINE WORLD TOUR – NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
Thursday, Aug. 22 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
Saturday, Aug. 24 – Chicago, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Tuesday, Aug. 27 – St. Paul, MN – Minnesota State Fair**
Sunday, Sep. 1 – Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Tuesday, Sep. 3 – Montreal, QB – Bell Centre
Friday, Sep. 6 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
Sunday, Sep. 8 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Tuesday, Sep. 10 – Washington DC – Jiffy Lube Live
Thursday, Sep. 12 – Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Saturday, Sep. 14 – Tampa, FL – Live Nation Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds
Sunday, Sep. 15 – Ft Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center
Wednesday, Sep. 18 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Friday, Sep. 20 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
Sunday, Sep. 22 – San Diego, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Tuesday, Sep. 24 – Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl
Thursday, Sep. 26 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre
Saturday, Sep. 28 – Los Angeles, CA – STAPLES Center
Sunday, Sep. 29 – Los Angeles, CA – STAPLES Center
Tuesday, Oct. 8 – Phoenix, AZ – Desert Sky Pavilion
** Minneapolis is not part of the Amazon presale opportunity.
All dates subject to change.
For those of you who missed the recent Paris press conference, we have now archived the video for you to watch on demand (in full 1080p).