1981-11-06 University, Liverpool, England, UK

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A nine-track recording is often attributed to being from this concert. It is actually from Depeche Mode's performance on the television show Something Else. Although recorded on 1981-10-23, it was broadcast on this date, resulting in the confusion.

Further backstory is provided below, courtesy of the Depeche Mode Classic Photos And Videos Facebook group:

1981-10-23 - TV Recording, 'Something Else' . October 23rd 1981 .

Broadcast date: 6th November 1981

The video footage usually credited as live at Liverpool University on 6th November 1981, is actually footage shot for the TV show 'Something Else'. The mistake has come about because this is the date the show was broadcast.

I started investigating this after spotting Deb Danahay and Jo Gahan in the audience. When I pointed it out to her, she said it wasn't her, and what's more, she wasn't at the Liverpool gig. I was confused, but hey, she should know, right?

Some time later, Deb had another look at the footage, and realised that it was in fact her in the audience, with Jo and Anne Swindell. Confused, she checked her diary, and she definitely was not in Liverpool on 6th November.

Remembering the 'Something Else' footage, I decided to look into this further. With the help of Deb's archive, these pictures came to light, detailing the schedule for the 'Something Else' show. It was recorded on 23rd October, edited on 24th October, and broadcast on 6th November. Another check in the diary revealed that Deb was indeed at the recording!

Some YouTube clips, correctly identify the performance from the TV show, but it has been missed that these are one and the same. The supposed 'Liverpool' footage is a timecoded, unedited copy, that even has two performances of Tora! Tora! Tora! and Nodisco, further proof that this was not a gig. If you compare the footage, you'll see that it is fact the same performance. You will also see it credited as 'Something Else' on the 'Speak & Spell' remaster DVD.

Source (you must be in the Depeche Mode Classic Photos And Videos Facebook group in order to view)

Both a good soundboard recording and a decent pro-shot video recording of the television appearance are available here.

Blancmange was the support act.

Set list

  1. Any Second Now
  2. Photographic
  3. Nodisco
  4. New Life
  5. Puppets
  6. Ice Machine
  7. Big Muff
  8. I Sometimes Wish I Was Dead
  9. Tora! Tora! Tora!
  10. Just Can't Get Enough
  11. Boys Say Go!
  12. What's Your Name?
  13. Television Set
  14. Dreaming Of Me
  15. The Price Of Love