Depeche Mode - Ak-Chin Pavilion - October 8, 2013
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October 8, 2013
Synth-Pop legends Depeche Mode paid a visit to Ak-Chin Pavilion last night to a sea of fans that ranged anywhere from early 20s fans to 40-year-olds who brought their children.
While most bands lose steam as they get older, Depeche Mode seems to age like a fine wine, and judging from last night they still give fans quite a bang for their buck.
The band wasted little time diving into newer material from 2012's Delta Machine with opening tracks "Welcome to My World" and "Angel," which were a bit drab to kick things off. Then band blasted through "Walking In My Shoes" as lead singer Dave Gahan pranced around the stage. Gahan is often overlooked outside of Mode fans in conversations of terrific singers and frontmen, but if anyone has the moves like Jagger it's definitely him.
"Black Celebration" got the die hards dancing in a frenzy, while "Policy of Truth" sounded just as relevant as it did in the 90's
The dark "Barrel of a Gun" was thick and heavily layered with keyboards and Martin Gore's inimitable guitar, and was the highlight of the evening. Gore handled "But Not Tonight" acoustically on his own.