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Depeche Mode Newcastle 1981 and 1982

Depeche Mode Newcastle 1981 and 1982
Its easy to forget how important Depeche Mode are. They have had an incredible 48 songs in the UK Singles Chart and have sold over 100 million albums and singles worldwide, making them the most successful electronic band in music history (Wiki). Q magazine called Depeche Mode “The most popular electronic band the world has ever known”. This a far cry from the very young looking guys I saw at Newcastle University in 1981. Singer Dave Gahan will have been less than 20 years old at the time, and looked so young then. I remember them as a cute new pop / dance band. This gig was very early on in the career, and featured the original line up before Vince Clarke went off Yazooing. The band had hit the chart with “just Cant Get Enough” and this was the first night of their first proper tour. A few months went by, Vince Clarke had left the band, and they were back for another tour of the UK to promote “See You”. This time they played the City Hall. The scans on this page come from the programme from that tour. Its hard to believe that these cute young clean cut guys went on to produce some of the much darker, minimalist synth / electronica that emerged on their later albums. So, yeah, ny experiences of Depeche Mode in concert are from some 30 years ago, and way out of date. Keeping this blog, and revisiting my old concert going activities is making me realise how much great music there is out there, and how diverse it all is. It is also reminding me that there are quite a few bands that I should try and catch up with again, and Depeche Mode is one of them. So next time they come to the UK, I intend to put that right and see what these guys are up to these days. I bet its quite different, and has developed somewhat, from these two early gigs. I bet they don’t play “Just Can’t Get Enough” or “See You” these days. PS. I’ve just visited the Depeche Mode forum and see that there is talk of a visit to the UK next June. I also checked out recent setlists, and no they don’t play “Just Can’t Get Enough” or “See You”.

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