Review: Depeche Mode,
at the LG Arena, Birmingham
With nearly 30 years of touring, Depeche Mode know exactly what an audience wants – and how to deliver it.
There may be a new album, Sounds of the Universe, to promote but the band from Basildon whipped through recent material including In Chains and single Wrong and were quickly onto a greatest hits medley.
We went back to the eighties with tracks like Stripped and A Question of Time and through into the nineties with In Your Room, Policy of Truth and It’s No Good.
Not forgetting the odd album track for the real fans such as when guitarist Martin Gore took over lead vocals for Dressed in Black from the 2007 album Black Celebration.
Lead singer Dave Gahan, himself dressed in his traditional black, whipped the crowd up, one moment strutting like a peacock and the next whirling like a dervish.
Throughout, he urged the fans to sing along, clap, wave – in fact any kind of audience participation was appreciated.
In a two hour set Depeche Mode kept the hits coming and an encore finishing with Behind the Wheel and Personal Jesus had pretty much everyone on their feet.