1990-08-04 Dodgers Stadium, Los Angeles, CA, USA

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The first of two nights at Dodger's Stadium during the World Violation Tour. A very good soundboard recording is available below. You may view 90 second video snippets of this concert at the depechemode.com archives.]

According to Associated Press on April 11th 1990, this concert and the consecutive concert almost did not go ahead due to the Wherehouse signing session incident:

"[...] The group was expected to end the tour three months later with a gig or two at L.A.'s Dodger Stadium. However, the negotiations were abruptly cancelled following a Depeche Mode personal appearance at L.A.'s Wherehouse Records, where such a large army of fans turned out that extra police had to be called in to handle the crowds."

According to the LA Times, the ticket sales of the August 4th show went on sale on June 2nd and were sold out within an hour. A consecutive show was announced on June 5th. According to Billboard, DM grossed $2,408,750 and sold 96,350 tickets (sold out), for both Dodger shows.

Nitzer Ebb and Electronic were the support acts. According to the October 1990 issue of Vox magazine, DM first asked Jesus And Mary Chain to be the support act but the LA authorities didn't want that due to their band name, so they invited Electronic instead. This was their first gig as a band and they had not even finished writing some songs that they performed that night. Bernard Sumner of Electronic recalled in Uncut magazine, 2001: "I got completely and utterly fucked up [with booze and drugs] on the first night. There was a shower in the dressing room and I just filled it with puke. It was the worst fucking moment of my life."

Set list

Credit to unknown.
  1. Kaleid
  2. World In My Eyes
  3. Halo
  4. Shake The Disease
  5. Everything Counts
  6. Master And Servant
  7. Never Let Me Down Again
  8. Waiting For The Night
  9. I Want You Now (*)
  10. World Full Of Nothing (*)
  11. Clean
  12. Stripped
  13. Policy Of Truth
  14. Enjoy The Silence
  15. Strangelove
  16. Personal Jesus
  17. Black Celebration
  18. A Question Of Time
  19. Behind The Wheel
  20. Route 66

Sources

  • Source 1 is a very good soundboard recording sourced from the "Violator Live" 3xLP bootleg. It is currently the only lossless soundboard recording circulating from the World Violation Tour.
  • Source 2 is a mediocre audience recording sourced from a 2xLP bootleg.
  • Source 3 would be a decent audience recording if it weren't for the fact that some time during this tape's generation, an incomplete erasure occurred and now you hear most of the basslines from the tracks off "Singles 81 > 85" primarily in the right channel. This one is for hardcore collectors only.