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Depeche Mode concert in Copenhagen, Global Spirit Tour 2017 | FESTIVALPHOTO
 

Depeche Mode concert in Copenhagen, Global Spirit Tour 2017

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Depeche Mode most certainly has ‘traditions’, which are known for the long-term band's fans. One of them - to release the studio album every 3-4 years. After that the global usually follows. This year is no exception. Right 3 years after the "Delta Machine" album (2013) band announced the new album - “Spirit” and tour following year. During their press conference in Milan, which was accessible for viewers online, they played little teasers to get the idea of how the "Spirit" is going to sound like. A little later after that the first tour leg dates were announced and European fans went absolutely crazy buying tickets month later.

Now is 2017, "Spirit" is already released and Global Spirit Tour is rolling in full speed (there are 32 cities on the list for this European tour leg). Starting with Stockholm gig at Friends Arena they went to Amsterdam, Antwerp, Nice, Ljubljana, Athens, Bratislava, Budapest, Prague, Leipzig, Lille, band finally arrived to Denmark's capital Copenhagen.

By the time gates were opened to Telia Parken, where concert was about to take place, people were already having a pre-party and getting ready queuing outside the stadium. It took a while for everybody to get in and take their places, so even after supporting band The Horrors there still were queues. Everybody was checked thoroughly by security before they could enter.

Just a little bit before nine o'clock that moment finally came. The massive screen was on, and marching pair of booted legs appeared on the screen for the intro. Then it all went shining all sorts of colours (as the painting) and Martin Gore with Andy Fletcher emerged onto the stage welcomed by excited fans. Even noisier they became when Dave Gahan climbed onto the platform at the back of the stage and his silhouette well stood out of the "painting" behind him. A little dance on the platform later, he came back down in front of the stage and continued the opening song "Going Backwards", which also happened to be the opening song for the "Spirit" as well.

Crowd started singing along nearly immediately, showing how well prepared everybody are. Depeche Mode proceeded with another song from the same album "So Much Love" and rolled on with older songs such as "Barrel of Gun", "Corrupt", "Pain That I'm Used To" down to well known hits from early nineties as "World In My Eyes" and "In Your Room". The setlist had a great selection of hits from nearly all the Depeche Mode career. It was definitely different from the last tour, not only because of the new album songs. First of all, the last tour the band chose quite a lot songs, which are not singles, more obscure songs and this time they seemed to stick with more known tracks. Furthermore, they didn't play any songs from the previous album "Delta Machine", which was rather odd. Nonetheless, the setlist was 2 hours long and really satisfying both for new and band's fans. Talking about fans - the the stadium was almost sold out - counting 44 000 Depeche Mode lovers singing and dancing by Dave Gahan's command. Not to follow it was not possible, extremely charismatic band frontman will know how to make you move. Quite traditionally, band's lyricist Martin Gore got his turn at microphone and sang gorgeous ballads as "Question of Lust", "Home" and absolute audience's favourite "Somebody". People not only sang along but after the song as well and Dave Gahan, coming back into stage rewarded Martin with sincere hug. The main concert part was coronated by absolutely legendary "Never Let Me Down Again" and whole 44 000 crowd became sea of waving hands, making it truly spectacular view.

Depeche Mode came back after the quick break for quite long encore and rewarded their fans with well awaited songs as "Personal Jesus", "Walking in My Shoes" and "I Feel You". One of the most moving moments was the tribute to David Bowie. Dave Gahan poured his heart out while singing "Heroes" , his voice was in top shape and the whole tribute was performed stunningly beautifully. This moment was even more special, knowing that Depeche Mode nearly never does tributes or even more so - covers, especially live.

Setlist:
Going Backwards
So Much Love
Barrel of a Gun
A Pain That I'm Used To
Corrupt
In Your Room
World in My Eyes
Cover Me
A Question of Lust
Home
Poison Heart
Where's the Revolution
Wrong
Everything Counts
Stripped
Enjoy the Silence
Never Let Me Down Again

Encore:
Somebody
Walking in My Shoes
"Heroes"
I Feel You
Personal Jesus

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Writer: Jurga Kalinauskaite
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