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Soulsavers

Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan recently did some moonlighting as the singer on the new Soulsavers album The Light The Dead See. And [Saturday] night in L.A. at the famed studios of the Capitol Records building, the collaborators came together on the stage for a stunning seven-song set.

Backed by a six-piece band, Gahan and Soulsavers brought to life the full drama of the haunting new album. Opening with the gorgeous gothic tune "Presence Of God," a track that marries the sounds of Johnny Cash and Nick Cave, the group delivered one standout after another for a crowd of at most 150 people.

After the orchestral swirl of "In The Morning," Gahan said, "I've never been this close to people." This was likely true for a guy who's spent the last three decades in arenas and stadiums. And following the forty-five minute set, Gahan and Soulsavers' Rich Machin were overheard walking through the crowd talking about the sensation of playing at "eye level" for people.

It may have been unusual for them, but the performance was only enhanced by the intimacy. Among the other standouts were the simple ditty "Just Try," a song Gahan introduced as "the fun one," and the album's lead single, "Take Me Back Home," which took on a gospel feel with the back-up vocalists doing a call and response to Gahan's soulful wails of desperation.

Following the closing "Gone Too Far," Gahan said, "Thank you, that's all we've got," which wasn't an exaggeration. As of now, this was the only U.S. show scheduled for the group. After the set, Depeche Mode manager Jonathan Kessler explained that Gahan is now fully immersed in his day job. He is recording the new Depeche album in Santa Barbara, California, where Martin Gore resides, for an April 2013 release with a full world tour to follow, according to Kessler. [Rolling Stone]

More pictures from the intimate LA show, below...

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photos by Zach Dilgard

Depeche Mode
Depeche Mode

"I thought I had great seats for the first night of Depeche Mode's 2-night stand at Madison Square Garden in New York City, but tonight my seats were ridiculous! I was in section 1 on the floor of the arena and it was another dream come true.

The setlist (which you can see after the jump) was pretty much the same, but last night [8/3], Martin Gore performed "Little Soul" and "Home" and tonight he did "Jezebel" and "A Question of Lust" [8/4]. Also, last night, they played "Come Back" and tonight they played "Miles Away/The Truth is." Both nights were fantastic! The crowd was every bit as into it as they were last night as Depeche Mode rocked the Garden again." [According to G]

For opener Peter Bjorn and John, last night's MSG show was their third NYC show in two days. Their fourth was also last night - at Rockwood Music Hall (at 1am). Pictures from MSG Night One HERE. More pictures from MSG Night Two, and the setlist, and a video, below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

Depeche Mode

"Of all the bright-eyed groups from the bushy-tailed class of 1982 British New Wavers, few would have picked Depeche Mode as the one still selling out multiple nights at Madison Square Garden 27 years down the road....

...And then there's Gahan. Though he's been forced to cancel some shows due to a bout with gastroenteritis and tearing a calf muscle onstage in Spain [...and cancer], he sashayed and posed and spun across the stage without a care in the world. His stage performance has been tweaked, just like Depeche Mode's music, all for the better.
Instead of picking up the mic stand and whirling like a dervish, Gahan now spins in moderation and he occasionally tangos with the stand or makes broad ballroom moves like he was training for "Dancing With the Stars." His vocals are different as well, giving a sweeter twist to "Wrong" and a broader snarl to "I Feel You," which opened as a blues number. He even threw some Michael Jackson-esque "hee-hee hees" into "Strangelove."
Yes, you read that right. Who knows what Depeche Mode will think of next?" [Newsday]

Peter Bjorn and John opened the show and then played a gig at Cake Shop after midnight. They do it again at MSG tonight (8/4). More pictures from last night (8/3), and the DM setlist, below....

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Dave Gahan

"Depeche Mode are pleased to announce they will restart their interrupted Tour Of The Universe in Leipzig, Germany on June 8th. On May 12th, lead singer Dave Gahan suffered a severe bout of gastroenteritis, leading to his hospitalization and the cancellation of the Athens concert. While in hospital, further medical tests revealed a low-grade malignant tumour in Dave's bladder, which has since been successfully removed. At doctors' orders Dave Gahan must take a break until June 8th, to ensure that he makes a full recovery. The Leipzig show on June 8th will be the first concert following Dave's recovery.

Dave Gahan sincerely thanks his fans for their support, understanding and patience. Depeche Mode deeply regret any problems or inconveniences the cancellations and postponements may have caused."

I'm glad he's doing okay, and I can't believe he can even start playing shows again so soon after something like that. All affected dates below...

Continue reading "Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan recovering from cancer surgery"

Depeche Mode

05.20.2009

Depeche Mode regret to announce that they are forced to cancel a further three shows on their "Tour of the Universe". Doctors have advised that more time is needed to allow singer, Dave Gahan, to fully recover from his recent illness and ensure that the tour can resume shortly.

Depeche Mode apologise to all their fans for this inconvenience and wish Dave a speedy recovery.

The following additional shows have been cancelled:

MAY
Sat 23 - Warsaw, Poland, Gwardia Stadium
Mon 25 - Riga, Latvia, Skonto Stadium
Wed 27 - Vilnius, Lithuania, Zalgiris Stadium

Ticket holders for the above shows are advised to hold onto their tickets, as an announcement will follow soon with regard to either new rescheduled concert dates, or their final cancellation.

All dates HERE.

Good point: "WTF. BV still hasn't posted anything about Dave Gahan being hospitalized and DM cancelling concerts." [Anonymous]

Depeche Mode

WEDNESDAY:

Depeche Mode have been forced to cancel two shows on their 'Sounds of the Universe' tour, yesterday's show in Athens (May 12) and tomorrow's show in Istanbul (May 14), due to the illness of singer Dave Gahan.

Dave fell ill with a severe bout of gastroenteritis shortly before he was due onstage in Athens which resulted in his immediate hospitalization. At this stage, Dave's primary concern is to return to full health and resume the tour as soon as possible.

Fans in Athens and Istanbul have been advised to hold onto their tickets as an announcement will be made shortly with regard to rescheduled dates or cancellation.

THURSDAY:
Depeche Mode have been forced to cancel an additional four shows on their Sounds of the Universe tour due to further complications from singer Dave Gahan's severe bout of gastroenteritis. Dave is currently
undergoing further tests.

Depeche Mode apologizes to all their fans for this inconvenience and wish Dave a speedy recovery. Further information will be released in due course.

The following shows have been cancelled:

May 16th Bucharest, Romania, Izvor Park
May 18th Sofia, Bulgaria, Vasil Levski Stadium
May 20th Belgrade, Serbia, USCE Park
May 21st Zagreb, Croatia, Arena

Ticket holders for the above shows are advised to hold on to their tickets as an announcement will be made shortly in regard to rescheduled dates or final cancellation.

Get well soon Dave. Depeche Mode are scheduled to play two shows in NYC in August. All dates below....

Continue reading "Depeche Mode cancels shows while Dave Gahan gets better - canceled & all 2009 Tour Dates "

by James Minor

Dave Gahan @ the Apple Store

Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan played a short solo set at the SoHo Apple store in NYC on Tuesday (Oct 23). Not surprisingly, it was being recorded for an iTunes exclusive digital release. People started lining up Monday night to get in, and about 85 of them did. My expectations were low - I mean it's an Apple store, but when Gahan and his band finally came out, it was flooring. Gahan's solo record Hourglass was released the same day (stream it at AOL), and all the material he played was pulled from that. The sound was great, and Gahan put just as much energy into it as any arena show - it even looked like he was having fun despite the semi-awkward lighting.

I love the new record, and it comes across great live - with "Saw Something", the Superpitcher- esque "Endless", and the screaming "Deeper + Deeper" being personal highlights. Fingers crossed for a real tour.

More pics, and the setlist, below...

Continue reading "Dave Gahan played the Apple Store, stream his album"

Dave Gahan

Alan Alda@ The Apple Store in SOHO, NYC (info)
Oct 12 - Alan Alda
Oct 16 - Stephen Colbert
Oct 17 - Thurston Moore
Oct 18 - Q-Tip
Oct 19 - Simian Mobile Disco
Oct 23 - Dave Gahan