2010-02-04 SKK Arena, St. Petersburg, Russia

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Notes

Here is the diary entry for Depeche Mode's official tour blog:

The journey to St. Petersburg was a long one. Being on tour we have to anticipate the occasional bumps in the road - technical difficulties, unexpected traffic delays, sound issues, hotel mix-ups, etc. But we never thought being grounded on a tarmac in Helsinki, getting ready to take off to St. Petersburg, would turn into a 2 1/2 hour window of worry. We were having some unforeseen mechanical problems with our plane. Luckily, we have a great team of professionals who were able to sort things out but even for them, the uncertainty was worrisome. Are we staying in Finland another night? Are we flying into St. Peterbsurg on show day, risking a delayed gig? On the Tour of the Universe, downtime like this, while stuck with every member of your band party, usually results in a neck-to-neck game of travel Scrabble (and it more often than not is between Martin and Pete, who take their Scrabble very, very seriously).

After a nervous couple of hours, we got the green light from our pilot and the plane took off to St. Petersburg! Arriving in St. Petersburg a little later than expected, we were in awe of the city's beauty at night. For some of us first-timers, coming to Russia was a particularly momentous visit.

What can I say about the Russian crowds, other than how AWESOME they are? It had been a while since we had seen such large crowds - 21,000 devotees packed the SKK arena and helped welcome the Mode and the entire crew to Russia in a very, very BIG way.

Enjoy the Flickr fan photos and see you in Moscow!

author: MM

Nitzer Ebb was the support act.

credit to Ksenia Joyg

Set list

  1. In Chains
  2. Wrong
  3. Hole To Feed
  4. Walking In My Shoes
  5. It's No Good
  6. A Question Of Time
  7. Precious
  8. World In My Eyes
  9. Insight (*)
  10. Home (*)
  11. Miles Away / The Truth Is
  12. Policy Of Truth
  13. In Your Room
  14. I Feel You
  15. Enjoy The Silence
  16. Never Let Me Down Again
  17. Dressed In Black (*)
  18. Stripped
  19. Behind The Wheel
  20. Personal Jesus

Set list info obtained from the Home forum.