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1994-06-16 Jones Beach Amphitheatre, Wantagh, NY, USA
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British 'Select' magazine Andrew Perry followed support act Primal Scream on the road for some weeks, and reported this in the September 1994 issue of 'Select':
In the amphitheatre, you realise what [Primal] Scream are up against. To Depeche Mode fans, a stone T-shirt is an object of derision. They're Mode fans to the exclusion of all else. There's not the orgasm rush of a Scream arrival in Britain, but here at least the energy that they shoot out registers. Bobby throws fluid, sweaty shapes, Innes bunny-hops around, and when Denise smiles at the front rows people cheer back.
That 'Jailbird/Rocks/Movin' On Up' sequence gets the maximum crank. 'Don't Fight It' thumps you in the chest with its two-guitar-charged thunder. Gillespie returns for 'Everybody' - and croaks out all the passion he has. They let out the boogie pedal for 'Call On Me', then launch into 'Funky Jam'. Since there's time, they do 'Loaded'. 45 minutes. No soundcheck but a total result. Dave Gahan has been going crazy in the wings. He leaps on Innes as they come off, hugging him, kissing his matted hair...
Backstage, the party's in full swing before the Mode have even got onstage. In the far dressing room, someone has set up the pair of turntables which the Scream always bring on tour. They're bombarded with flying marguerita, sweat, beer, fag-ash and, more importantly, the appropiately rowdy contents of two big record boxes. Funkadelic groove side by side with Generation X, Roxy Music schmooze next to Bob Marley. Several strobes have been fetched from the lighting rig and set at permanent flash. The party'll go on way into the next of morning, but now magisterially seated at the heart of darkness, is David Gahan, hair tumbling exotically over the shoulders of his silver-glitter waistcoat - nothing on underneath. "Who's that guy in the Stones T-shirt?" he barks at regular intervals.
It seems Dave wants a word. He mumbles and slurs into my ear for a while about the over-arching gulf between Depeche Mode and the concept of getting good press. "Aye, don't give him a hard time," a passing Gillespie asks. "The stuff people've written about him... I mean, I don't even know what his story is but, y'know, the guy's gottae get through customs."
In the August 1998 issue of British 'Q' magazine, Andrew Perry and DM talked about DM's and Primal Scream's tour together, and Andrew Perry recalled:
Andrew Perry: "[Primal] Scream always took boxes of records and had a couple of decks in the dressing room, so there were all these people dancing, and Dave Gahan sitting in the middle of the room in an armchair, apparently shovelling cocaine up his nose at a frightening rate. Suddenly, he seemed to realise that I was a journalist, and he pointed at me and one of his big flunkeys came and got me. I had to kneel down beside the armchair to make it possible for him to talk to me. He started burbling on about how people didn't understand him, but then his mood changed suddenly and he said, 'I'm gonna curse you!' and the next thing I know he's bitten me on the neck! By now he was shouting and everybody was watching him until he stormed out of the room, still yelling about putting a curse on me. I assumed he was completely out of it, but then, on-stage, he was totally together and professional."
Dave Gahan's memory of the night in the May 2001 issue of Uncut magazine:
"I remember reading about it afterwards but I don't really remember doing it," Gahan laughs. "I think I had some strange fascination at the time with vampires. In all seriousness, I was really starting to move into this place where I really believed what I was creating. I definitely could have been a vampire, in my own head."
According to Billboard and the next gig together had an attendance of 20,867 out of 21,766 people and grossed $802,932 in total. According to New York magazine, the first Jones Beach gig was sold out, but the second wasn't.
Stabbing Westward was also the support act.
- Behind The Wheel
- Everything Counts
- World In My Eyes
- Walking In My Shoes
- Condemnation (*)
- I Want You Now (*)
- In Your Room
- Never Let Me Down Again
- I Feel You
- Personal Jesus
- Somebody (*)
- Enjoy The Silence
- A Question Of Time
- Source 1 is a great audience recording.