1998-09-03 Jurmala Tennis Hall, Riga, Latvia

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Here is the diary entry by Jez Webb from Bong magazine issue #40:

Latvians could have huddled around their TV sets today to watch Mr. Martin Gore eating a light lunch before heading off to do a sound-check. Now I can see only two reasons for this piece of television planning. Firstly Martin has signed a lucrative deal with a Latvian bakery for product placement or secondly Depeche Mode are causing quite a stir on their arrival in this part of the world. The latter proved to be correct as over 6000 people are squashed into Riga’s indoor tennis hall creating a sauna style atmosphere inside. The guys leave the stage dripping.

And here is the diary entry by Jody:

When we arrived in Latvia (on Tuesday), they were over 100 fans waiting for us at the airport. They screamed when David, Martin and Fletch walked off of the plane. They even screamed (in anticipation) when Jonathon Kessler (DM's Manager) ducked his head out before the band walked out!

I found out later that a week ago, when The Rolling Stones arrived in Latvia, they only had two journalists waiting for them, and that was it. No fans - no nothing.

The band did a "Meet & Greet" before the show, and were presented with a Gold Record award, because they have sold more records than any other artist in Latvia.

It had been raining non-stop in Latvia. The only two days of sunshine that they have had started the day we arrived.

Purity was the support act. Tim Simenon DJed before and after Purity's set.

Set list

  1. Painkiller
  2. A Question Of Time
  3. World In My Eyes
  4. Policy Of Truth
  5. It's No Good
  6. Never Let Me Down Again
  7. Walking In My Shoes
  8. Only When I Lose Myself
  9. A Question Of Lust (*)
  10. Home (*)
  11. Condemnation
  12. In Your Room
  13. Useless
  14. Enjoy The Silence
  15. Personal Jesus
  16. Barrel Of A Gun
  17. Somebody (*)
  18. Stripped
  19. I Feel You
  20. Just Can't Get Enough


  • Source 1 is an okay audience recording, missing about half of the concert and is unfortunately MP3 encoded. "Painkiller" is mostly missing as well. This seems to be the same recording as Source 2, which is lossless and strangely contains "I Feel You", but is missing "A Question Of Lust", "Home", and "In Your Room", and sounds slightly worse.
  • Source 2 is an okay audience recording, missing about half of the concert. "Painkiller" is mostly missing as well. Strangely, this seems to be the same recording as Source 1 (an MP3 version), which sounds somewhat better than this source and contains "A Question Of Lust", "Home", and "In Your Room". But this source is lossless and strangely has "I Feel You".