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Get the balance right

Once upon a long ago, bogwitch got us tickets to see Depeche Mode at the O2 Arena, and she did very well: she got us seats not too high up and virtually side on from the stage, which if you can't have first row centre is pretty much the next best thing in my opinion. A pity perhaps that we didn't have a completely clear view as some of the lighting rigging got in the way, but since there was this walkway projecting out from the stage that both Dave and Martin made extensive use of, this didn't bother me much.

The support act -don't ask me, I never caught their name- fancied themselves quite a bit but failed to ignite the audience; but then, I guess it wasn't their sort of crowd. They were a bit shoegazey I suppose, with all very samey sounding guitar-driven songs, a singer who posed like Jarvis Cocker and had a voice not unlike Ian McCullough, and a guitarist (there were actually two) who sounded quite a bit like The Edge.

I can't say other than that Depeche Mode were fantastic. Their show, their sound, it's just wonderful. They performed exactly the right mix of old and new, i.e. more old than new, material; in all, I think they did about 4 or 5 new songs, and all the rest was just an anthology of their by now enormous back catalogue. Many of my favourites were played, too many to remember them all. I remember Martin's set comprising Insight and Home, and for the encores he did One Caress; and I heard - in no particular order this:- Enjoy The Silence, Walking In My Shoes, Behind The Wheel, Stripped, Never Let Me Down, I Just Can't Get Enough (actually...no, not that one), The Policy Of Truth, A Question Of Time, It's No Good, Precious, Personal Jesus, and many, many more.

Getting back on the tube was a bit of an ordeal. In the press of bodies on the centrebound carriage I heard somebody complain they hadn't done Get The Balance Right. They had got the balance right as far as I was concerned.


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Dec. 16th, 2009 11:52 am (UTC)
I miss Alan.

I Just Can't Get Enough? They didn't play that! hurrah!

I thought the Soulsavers was more Chris Rea myself. Still zzz though.

Anyway, good times!

We have snow here, I hope your flight gets off alright.
Dec. 16th, 2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
You're right, they didn't play Just Can't Get Enough; I was just making that up. Fact is, my brain's gone to mush and I can't remember what songs they did play...

Chris Rea? No, a couple of those riffs in the first 20 minutes of their performance were textbook Edge - they sounded like they could have been samples from The Joshua Tree. Although I suppose as a band they were a bit like Chris Rea in their soporific effect...
Dec. 16th, 2009 09:03 pm (UTC)
Same level of boring anyway.



The Albert Hall!

Btw: I looked at the pre-sale tickets, but only the £110 ones were available, I think that might be a bit much for me, even for DM and there won't be any magical tickets from my company this time. However, I will keep looking anyway. Let me know if you want in. I'd still go on my own if necessary.
Dec. 16th, 2009 09:16 pm (UTC)
I'm happy for you to keep looking, but at the current price of £110, I'd have to regretfully pass.
Dec. 16th, 2009 09:34 pm (UTC)
I thought the £50 ones would do. It's the occasion that's important after all.
Dec. 17th, 2009 07:24 pm (UTC)
50 quid I'll spring for...and I was thinking of taking some days off in the beginning of 2010...
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