1983-10-08 The Magic Box, Capital Radio, London, UK

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Gary Crowley interviews the band (minus Martin Gore) on Capital Radio's 'The Magic Box' before the last concert at Hammersmith Odeon on October 8th 1983.

Gary Crowley also interviewed Dave Gahan on BBC's 'Earsay' a year later, and again on 'The Magic Box' in 1986.

  • Duration: 01:35 minutes



Gary: [...] certainly this afternoon, the studio is absolutely crowd packed. And if you were listening earlier on in the programme, you would have heard me gave away two pairs of tickets for the Depeche Mode concert at Hammersmith Odeon this evening. And they just popped in, halfway through the soundcheck, I believe: Andy?

Andy: Alright, that's right, yeah.

Gary: So tell us about the tour, what's it been like, man?

Andy: Really good. Really brilliant.

Gary: Where have you been? Everywhere?

Andy: Yeah. Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales, all over.

Gary: What's the reaction been?

Andy: Brilliant. Yeah, really good.

Gary: Alan, the LP, I mean, you have been previewing tracks from that, obviously: what has been the reaction to that?

Alan: Very good, yeah, we're playing all of the new LP, and it's gone down really well. And then we end up with a few more well-known numbers at the end, so it's really good...

Gary: Oldies but goldies?

Alan: Yeah that's right, yeah.

Gary: So what's in the pipeline, the immediate future, for the lot?

Alan: Well, we're supposed to go to America in a week's time but we're not sure if it's still gonna happen, but we got a few European gigs-

Gary: What's been the reaction to Depeche Mode over there in America?

Alan: Well, very good at gigs, but we haven't had any chart success, really. But it's picking up all the time: we're getting MTV, and, eh... And the gigs, we can do very large gigs and go down really well.

Gary: Right. So listen - new seasoned giggers - have you got any advice for the boys from Wham!, I mean, they're off on their first tour?

Dave: Hehehe. Bring [tennis] bats.

Alan: Well, I'm just glad we finished and you're just starting.

Andy: [Laughs]

Gary: OK, here's the Wham! single, thanks for coming in.

[DM's 'Love In Itself' starts playing]

Dave: Yeah, that's-

Gary: Wham! - Depeche Mode single, get it right!


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