But Not Tonight

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Notes

This song was performed live for the first time in 2013. The quotes below describe the reason why it was played.

Martin Gore told Rolling Stone:

"This spring we played a small show at the Troubadour in L.A. and we did 'But Not Tonight' for the first time ever – we did that one acoustic and it was surprising how much people loved it. America is really the only place where the fans love that song – it was a single in America but not in the rest of the world. It's like a forgotten gem."

Andy Fletcher told the January 2014 issue of Playboy Ukraine:

[I]t's a B-side from the 'Stripped' single. Apparently Martin heard a piano version of this song somewhere, and he loved it very much. He played it a couple of times in the studio, and we decided to include it in the set list. And by the way, we are amazed at how the audience reacts to it! It's great! And how everyone sings along at the end!"

Fan Craig DeGraff wrote for his Depeche Mode Fakebook page takeover:

While A&R-ing a remix compilation I stumbled across a demo of 'But Not Tonight' with Martin Gore's vocals. It then hit me that the only way they might perform it live would be if Martin did an acoustic version. It'd also be a heck of a way to impress my wife. I plotted to create a piano version and get it to Martin. With the help of my friend Brian, we created a slowed down version with just vocals and piano. Fortunately he was DJing at an annual holiday charity event in Santa Barbara a few weeks later so I honed in on my opportunity. After the DJ gig we were talking and I gave him a USB drive with the warning "You may not want anyone to hear this." When he left I figured the odds were slim he'd check it out but it was worth a shot. In March of 2013 I went to SXSW to the kick off the Delta Machine album launch. After a great set at Brazos Hall we went up to the roof for the afterparty. I approached Martin and, before I could get a word out he smiled and said "You gave me the drive in Santa Barbara. I think it's great and we may play it on tour." I couldn't believe it. Needless to say my anticipation for the tour rose to new heights and, when the band announced a special L.A. show at the Troubadour I knew I had to be there. Half way through the set Martin walked out for his solo song and, as the opening chords of 'But Not Tonight' rang out, I (and the crowd) lost it. The joy in the room was overwhelming and to hear the crowd sing along was a feeling I'll never forget. After the gig I managed to grab a setlist and hurried next door for the aftershow. I managed to get Dave, Fletch (who said But Not Tonight was one of his favorite songs) and Martin to sign the setlist. Martin laughed while signing it and said "I told you we'd play it!"

Fan Michael Kachko replied to that same Facebook post:

"The best part was when [Craig and I] were backstage in Vegas and I thanked Martin for playing But Not Tonight and he turned to Craig and said "No thank him!""

Dates with available recordings of But Not Tonight

There are currently 7 recordings of But Not Tonight available.

Dates where But Not Tonight was played

1986 Black Celebration Tour

  • But Not Tonight was not played during this tour.

1987-1988 Music For The Masses Tour

  • But Not Tonight was not played during this tour.

1990 World Violation Tour

  • But Not Tonight was not played during this tour.

1993 Devotional Tour

  • But Not Tonight was not played during this tour.

1994 Exotic Tour

  • But Not Tonight was not played during this tour.

1997 Ultra Parties

  • But Not Tonight was not played during this tour.

1998 The Singles Tour

  • But Not Tonight was not played during this tour.

2001 Exciter Tour

  • But Not Tonight was not played during this tour.

2003 Paper Monsters Tour (Dave Gahan solo)

  • But Not Tonight was not played during this tour.

2003 "A Night With Martin L. Gore" (Martin L. Gore solo)

  • But Not Tonight was not played during this tour.

2005-2006 Touring The Angel

  • But Not Tonight was not played during this tour.

2009-2010 Tour Of The Universe

  • But Not Tonight was not played during this tour.

2013-2014 Delta Machine Tour

But Not Tonight was played 59 times during this tour.

2017-2018 Global Spirit Tour

But Not Tonight was played only once during this tour.