Top Five Must-See Phoenix Shows This Week
Depeche Mode - Ak-Chin Pavilion - Tuesday, October 8
Depeche Mode has always been just a little too weird to fully take part in the '80s nostalgia bonanza. It's not that they aren't a huge deal, or don't sound like the '80s; few bands sound more like the '80s. It's just that songs like "Strangelove" and "Personal Jesus" weren't generic or representative enough of that decade to get them into that Bowling for Soup song. They aren't '80s songs, they're just Depeche Mode songs.
Of course, it's not like Depeche Mode would want to join in if they had the chance. One of the few bands of their generation still operating as something more than a nostalgia act--their last album, Delta Machine, came out in March--this prototypical bigger-in-Europe pop act is headlining a tour at one of the biggest venues in town. It's not the state fair circuit, or a Breakfast Club-themed cruise, but it's a living.