Depeche Mode @ The Staples Center, Los Angeles CA 08/15/01

When I think of this show, I think of a line from one of my favorite episodes of The Simpsons, the one where The Ramones play at Monty Burns’ birthday bash. Joey Ramone says “I’d just like to say this gig sucks!” I love Depeche Mode, but damn, this gig had to be one of the most inconsistent, unspirited, unimpressive shows ever. It was so ‘whatever.’ So DM released a mediocre album that year – the inappropriately named EXCITER. You would think that the band would redeem themselves by designing a kick-ass show with a kick ass set, but nooooo. What my girl and I got was a collection of largely 2nd tier DM songs, the tracks you skip in favor of better songs! And the almost complete lack of 80s material just added to our disappointment. The show dragged, seriously dragged. It was as if the group said (with Dave Gahan’s deep voice and English accent) ‘good evening L.A., let us bore and depress you with a shitty selection of songs.‘ There were no peaks, only valleys. The highlight of the night was simply being able to see the group in the flesh. Other than that…sadly there isn’t much to write about. Um…it was cool seeing a live drummer on an acoustic kit! That’s about it. Oh and “Black Celebration” was played in a half-time, slowed tempo kind of arrangement. We should have saved our money and seen a second U2 gig. To be fair, don’t write off seeing Depeche Mode, they’re still legendary afterall. But maybe invest in the more affordable seats just in case they play a coma inducing set.

Dead of Night
Sweetest Condition
Walking in My Shoes
Dream On
Waiting for the Night
Sister of Night
Enjoy the Silence
I Feel You
In Your Room
It’s No Good
I Feel Loved
Personal Jesus

Black Celebration
Never Let Me Down Again



Posted on October 15, 2012, in Concerts: 1998-2004, Depeche Mode. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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