The Pepsi Center was full of nostalgia this past Saturday as a sold out crowd welcomed music pioneers Depeche Mode. Just like a fine wine the band has found themselves in a rejuvenated state on their current tour. This was stop number two on the Globa Spirit Tour. Often times it takes a band three to four shows to shake off any nervousness or uneasiness. As much experience as they have as a collective they managed to control much of the emotions during the first few songs. Known as pioneers in the new wave or electro-pop scene the band has managed to provide us with music that has left us always wanting more. Led by the trio of Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher the band has always maintained a consistent sound that sounds as amazing today as it did twenty five years ago. The same raspiness and electric stage presence of Gahan backed by the blissful guitar play of Gore and mind numbing synth effects of Fletcher had us singing along to classics such as "Barrel Of A Gun", "World In My Eyes", "Enjoy The Silence", and "Personal Jesus". Mix in some new material and subtle effective production, the show never lost a beat. Even when it was time to slow things down with Gore taking lead vocals on songs such as "Somebody", the audience used the slower paced ballad to catch their breath for a grand finale. The Spirit Tour has just gotten started and we highly suggest taking it for a joy ride when it hits your town.
Words and Images: Robert Castro