Depeche Mode thrills the faithful in Las Vegas!
Depeche Mode have been making music for decades, their fan base has only grown over the years, some bands wither and fade, but not these guys, they are like a fine wine that gets better with age. It was very apparent that the kings of alt-electro rock have held up perfectly and from the looks of it are having a blast on their current ‘Global Spirit’ tour.
The band took to the stage with multi-colored visuals as Dave Gahan, Depeche Mode’s fearless leader crooned and jerked to “Going Backwards”, the lead off track from the bands latest album ‘Spirit’. Next the band played “So Much Love”, also a new one, and such a great track as well. Martin Gore, the bands principal songwriter was on guitar for much of the night, but not all, he did play a few of the classic Depeche Mode songs on Synths, including a brilliant version of “Stripped” from 1986’s ‘Black Celebration’ album.
Also, Martin Gore was sounding vocally so very good, at one point Dave Gahan took a breather as Gore took to the mic for a beautiful version of “A Question of Lust”. The band joined Gore as he lead the way for an epic version of “Home”, from the ‘Ultra’ album.
Dave Gahan was in rare form it appeared and was like a manic sensual preacher of sorts as he spun, writhed, and playfully moved about the stage. It was as if the band was back in their heyday and were performing at a high level. Old school DM songs such as “Everything Counts” and the set closer “Never Let Me Down Again” sounded better than ever.
For the encores Martin Gore lead the way with a touching a poignant version of “Somebody” from 1984’s ‘Some Great Reward’ album. The encores also featured amazing versions of “Walking in My Shoes”, “I Feel You” and a great tribute to David Bowie with their version of his beloved song “Heroes”. The night ended with…you guessed it, “Personal Jesus”. The band had poured their hearts and souls into the show, and it was so apparent by how many people in the crowd knew every song and could sing along when Dave Gahan prompted them. Very few bands stand the test of time, but Depeche Mode just proved they are a force to be reckoned with and they are here to stay, long live Depeche Mode!
Female alternative rockers Warpaint opened the night with a stunning set. They played a great variety of songs from their repertoire including “Elephants”, “New Song” and a killer version of “Love Is To Die”.