Live review – Depeche Mode @ London O2, 29/05/13

This was my 3rd time seeing Depeche, and this time at one of the biggest venues they could play.

While reviews for Delta Machine appear mixed – I actually really like it – a Mode show should always be good fun for the devotional because the band deliver all the hits, although this time it was fairly welcome that their historical run-through included highlights from their last 15 post-Wilder years.

Gahan does move like Jagger, Fletch could be the third MiB, and Gore is one of the few fiftysomethings who can pull off make-up without looking creepy.
The visual backdrops are a bit austere compared to from previous tours, but the triangle theme from the band’s current logo is employed well over the usual arty Anton Corbijn videos.

On the previous night I read that they played a few Black Celebration numbers which were absent here, unfortunately for me, but hearing rarities like Barrel of a Gun gave me something unique, and the new material pulled off good as well.

In some ways it’s DM by numbers, but when they do what they do well there’s no need to muck about with it. The Delta Machine needs no oiling.

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