Long awaited day

Last November I bought three tickets to O2 Arena in London to see my favourite band Depeche Mode in concert. After they announced the world tour first I had to wait for their new album Delta Machine released in late March. Then I had to learn all the songs (yes, I really had to :-)) to be able to sing along with them. And finally this week the day had come. On Wednesday the 29th May my other half, my daughter and I travelled to London. The weather wasn’t as good as it could have considering we planned to spend the day in the city. But one cannot order the weather as yet. I made themed T-shirts with DM logo, we enjoyed Japanese food in Camden Market and by 4pm we arrived at the O2 Arena. A massive DM poster welcomed us so we took some photos.

Excited we stepped inside the globe and after a short wander around we settled in one of the bars, all playing DM songs. The atmosphere was fantastic already, surrounded by people with the same interest was overwhelming. We drunk beer and sung songs, we laughed and waited impatiently for the doors to open.

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Although this was my third concert I attended, it surprised me again how electrifying the atmosphere can be. The anticipation of the first sound, first song and the band performing is simply indescribable. Dave Gahan, the frontman of the band, hasn’t lost a bit of his stage presence and charisma. Martin Gore, the songwriter and singer, sung beautifully as always, and Andy Fletcher, third and as important part of the band as any of those two, stood firmly by the keyboards and put his arms up as and when required, wearing a seldom smile on his face. New songs carefully mixed with old favourites such as Personal Jesus or Just Can’t Get Enough were appreciated by all.

Twenty three songs later and with voices almost gone, 20,000 fans put their arms up and waved together with the last song Never Let Me Down Again, an epic finale. No wonder the band added extra dates in UK later this year. This tour might be classed as their best ever after all. It reminds me of ‘ripe as wine’ cliché. However, they are the real deal and far from any cliché.

I do hope Depeche Mode has enough strength and songs in them for at least two more albums. Even after over thirty years I feel they haven’t said (sung) their last words. Keep it going guys 🙂

Niina

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~ by Niina Erin on June 1, 2013.

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