We’re now about two weeks into the winter leg of The Delta Machine
Tour, and currently in Germany for the first show of the leg in
mainland Europe. Not quite how it was planned, but more on that later.
After a few days and an incredible show in Abu Dhabi, the tour found
it’s way to more familiar grounds with two weeks touring the UK and
With eight shows already done, and another to come in Birmingham, this
is the band’s most extensive UK/Ireland tour since 1987.
And that included stops in Belfast, a city where they haven’t played
since the Black Celebration Tour in 1986; and Leeds, which hasn’t
hosted a Depeche Mode show in over 30 years apparently!
Admittedly yours truly missed out on the Belfast stop, but we were
back in full effect in time for Dublin. The O2 there is a fantastic
venue (quite surreal with the purple lighting everywhere) and the
crowd was fantastic. I seem to remember the Dublin show was also one
of the stand outs on the last tour.
After that it was off to Scotland for a gig in Glasgow. The band spent
the day rehearsing a few songs that have yet to make it into the set
list, but fingers crossed they’ll show up soon. It was really
interesting seeing how they rework classic tracks on the fly.
Then we were off to Leeds for another cracking show. Rereading my notes from the
night, I seem to have jotted down that the band haven’t played there
in 48 years… maths’ – apparently – not my strong suit. Not a lot of
lingering after the show, as everyone was straight off to Manchester
for a day off.
Anton Corbijn came out for the Manchester show to take some photos.
Always nice to see the tall Dutchman in action – I feel like cordoning
off the area and putting up a “Genius At Work” sign whenever he’s
around, but was told to not pursue that idea further.
Then the Lille show was cancelled – a frustrating situation for all
involved. Conditions at the venue were simply not safe, with
(literally) freezing temperatures INSIDE on show day. So everyone flew
back to the UK, and that brings us up to the London show.
London is always mental – especially backstage – with friends and
families all coming out in force to see their boys in action. A lovely
atmosphere, but quite hectic.
And that about brings us up to date. The string of German dates,
including two dates in Berlin, should be fun.
We’re putting up a few pictures from the UK/Ireland shows here, with
more hitting the Tumblr page in the coming days.
I’ll update you all again soon enough I expect.