Birmingham 'Just Can't Get Enough' of Depeche Mode

Birmingham's LG Arena was treated to a one-off British date as part of electro legends Depeche Mode's 2014 European winter tour.


Birmingham's LG Arena was treated to a one-off British date as part of electro legends Depeche Mode's 2014 European winter tour.

Just over three decades into their career, Depeche Mode have released what many consider to be among their finest works in 2013's magnificent Delta Machine, and it was from that album that the band chose to use the opening double salvo to kick off last night's concert.

Welcome To My World and Angel epitomise the dark majesty at the heart of Depeche Mode's music – at once pulsing, threatening and seductive and run through with a streak of perversely uplifting melancholia.

In front of a gigantic wall of video screens, lead singer Dave Gahan played the snaked-hipped rock god as he cavorted around the stage; one part Freddie Mercury, one part Bono and one part Jim Morrison.

Supported on stage by an extra keyboard player and drummer, he was joined by guitarist and keyboard player Martin Gore and keyboardist Andy Fletcher on a two-hour trip through songs old and new.

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Gore got his own place in the spotlight on a couple of occasions, impressing mightily on vocals as he turned Slow from the new album into a blues-jazz-soaked torch song, with just Peter Gordano's piano for accompaniment.

The band's sound was broadened hugely with the appearance of Christian Eigner on drums, his playing a foil for the crisp beats of the synth bass lines.

The hits were there of course, the crowd up and dancing along with Policy Of Truth, Behind The Wheel, A Question Of Time and Just Can't Get Enough.

But the evening's undoubted highlight was a stunning rendition of Personal Jesus, the song which epitomises above all others the journey the band has taken from electro pop to something deeper and more substantial. 

It kicked off slow and moody, recalling Johnny Cash's seminal cover version, before crashing in at full speed and sending the crowd into raptures.

“Reach out and touch faith,” sang Gahan. Fifteen thousand believers did just that.

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