The only UK show announced so far for heir 2017 ‘Spirit’ tour, the synth pop legends took East London by storm during their colourful and dramatic set at the stadium. Backed by cinematic footage created by Anton Corbijn, the ever-animated Dave Gahan was on the finest of form as he led the trio through an epic and career-spanning set – packed with rock classics and fan favourites.
An early highlight came when he incorporated the rap from Grandmaster Flash’s ‘The Message’ into ‘Barrel Of A Gun’, before the Jacques Lu Cont’s Remix’ version of ‘A Pain That I’m Used To’. The momentum never relented, with recent single ‘Where’s The Revolution’ chiming with the mood of the audience at large ahead of the upcoming general election and already being received as an old favourite, while ‘Everything Counts’, ‘Enjoy The Silence’ and ‘Never Let Me Down Again’ gave the first set the kind of stately ending that only Depeche Mode can.
The climax of the show came during the last three songs of their five track encore, in which the band translated David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ into their own elegiac style, inviting a huge wave of an emotional response from the capacity crowd. Gahan has often spoken of his relationship with Bowie, getting to know the late icon after he became such a pivotal influence on the frontman. Gahan was famously noticed by his bandmates by singing ‘Heroes’ in a local scout hut before the band formed.
A visceral outing of ‘I Feel You’ invited the entire audience onto their feet, where they remained for the explosive closer of ‘Personal Jesus’ – a flawless ending to an immaculate set.
Depeche Mode played:
So Much Love
Barrel of a Gun (with a snippet of Grandmaster Flash’s “The Message” )
A Pain That I’m Used To (‘Jacques Lu Cont’s Remix’ version)
In Your Room
World in My Eyes
A Question of Lust (Acoustic)
Where’s the Revolution
Enjoy the Silence
Never Let Me Down Again
Walking in My Shoes
“Heroes” (David Bowie cover)
I Feel You
As well as their newly announced Autumn 2017 tour, see Depeche Mode’s remaining European tour dates below.
June 5 Cologne, Germany RheinEnergieStadion
June 9 Munich, Germany Olympiastadion
June 11 Hannover, Germany HDI Arena
June 18 Zurich, Switzerland Letzigrund Stadion
June 20 Frankfurt, Germany Commerzbank-Arena
June 22 Berlin, Germany Olympiastadion
June 25 Rome, Italy Stadio Olimpico
June 27 Milan, Italy Stadio San Siro
June 29 Bologna, Italy Stadio Rentao Dall’Ara
July 1 Paris, France Stade de France
July 4 Gelsenkirchen, Germany Veltins-Arena
July 6 Bilbao, Spain BBK Live Festival
July 8 Lisbon, Portugal NOS Alive Festival
July 13 St. Petersburg, Russia SKK
July 15 Moscow, Russia Otkritie Arena
July 17 Minsk, Belarus Minsk-Arena
July 19 Kiev, Ukraine Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex
July 21 Warsaw, Poland PGE Narodowy
July 23 Cluj-Napoca, Romania Cluj Arena