Category:Notable concerts

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This page lists concerts which were notable for some reason, for example, an extra or unexpected encore track, different arrangements of songs, a significant mistake or equipment failure, etc. This list is not necessarily comprehensive.

Notable concerts

1980-03-xx Woodlands School, Basildon, Essex, England, UK

  • Composition Of Sound's first formal public performance
  • although it wasn't a professional concert, it was a significant departure from their previous informal performances at each other's houses

1980-06-14 Nicholas School, Basildon, England, UK

1980-09-24 Bridge House, London, England, UK

  • the first concert played under the name Depeche Mode
  • their first performance at the Bridge House

1980-10-30 Bridge House, London, England, UK

1980-11-14 Technical College, Southend-On-Sea, Essex, England, UK

  • this concert has the second of two recordings currently circulating from the 1980 Tour
  • the only circulating recording of "Addiction"

1981-06-11 Richard Skinner Session, BBC Radio 1, London, England, UK

  • earliest circulating soundboard recording

1981-07-25 Zuiderpark, The Hague, The Netherlands

  • their first show outside the UK

1981-08-02 Jenkinsons, Brighton, England, UK

  • complete recording of the rarely played "metallic" intro which sounds similar to a slowed-down version of "Shout"
  • "Boys Say Go!" played twice

1981-12-03 Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester, England, UK

  • last concert with Vince Clarke in the line-up

1982-01-20 Crocs, Rayleigh, Essex, England, UK

1982-01-22 The Ritz, New York, NY, USA

  • their first live performance in the United States

1982-02-27 Bridge House, London, England, UK

  • secret and very successful gig played under the alias "Modepeche" in order to support the struggling Bridge House venue; despite the profitable concert, the venue closed later that year

1982-03-30 Rainbow Club, Oberkorn, Luxembourg

1983-09-20 Tiffany's, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

  • a brief snippet of the "Work Hard" backing track is heard after "Just Can't Get Enough". The song was rehearsed and was on at least one written set list (see the 1983-10-06 London page for an example), but there are no recordings of the song's live performance currently available

1984-11-17 Olympen, Lund, Sweden

  • this concert had backing tape issues and many songs were also missing samples

1984-12-11 Sporthalle, Böblingen, Germany

  • a tear gas bomb was thrown during "See You" and the concert was cut short

1985-04-12 Nakano Sun Plaza, Tokyo, Japan

  • "It Doesn't Matter" was performed acoustically with piano backing. It could be considered the first acoustic performance by Depeche Mode. You can listen to the entire track on that page

1985-07-23 Volan Stadium, Budapest, Hungary

  • first show behind the iron curtain. After the last song, Happy Birthday was sung for Martin who turned 24 that day

1986-03-31 New Conference Centre, Brighton, England, UK

  • one of two dates where "Here Is The House" was played as the full-album version; entire track is available to listen on the concert's page

1986-08-16 Valbyparken, Copenhagen, Denmark

1988-03-07 Werner-Seelenbinder-Halle, East-Berlin, East-Germany

  • first show on the Eastern side of the Berlin Wall. The black market went crazy with people supposedly offering things like mopeds for a ticket

1988-06-18 Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA, USA

  • last show of the Music For The Masses Tour
  • it was released as the band's first live-album and the film 101

1990-07-21 Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountainview, San Francisco, CA, USA

  • the concert with the infamous lossy soundboard

1993-09-08 The Forum, Montreal, QC, Canada

  • Dave lost his voice and Martin played a few more songs to end the show

1993-10-08 Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, LA, USA

  • Dave suffered from a heart attack near the end of the set and the concert was cut short

1993-10-17 St. Louis Arena, St. Louis, MO, USA

  • this show ended abruptly after "One Caress". Live collector Last Violator mentioned the following:

I can confirm the set-list is wrong. I have a private video from that night, show stopped after Martin's performance of 'One Caress' and not because the taper got busted. Lights were switched on because for some reasons Dave couldn't make it.

1994-04-04 Olympia, São Paulo, Brazil

  • first show with Daryl Bamonte, who replaced Andrew Fletcher for the remaining dates of the tour

1994-07-08 Deer Creek Music Centre, Indianapolis, IN, USA

  • last show with Alan Wilder

1997-04-10 Adrenalin Village, London, England, UK

  • the first of two "Ultra Parties"
  • Dave's first major concert after his 1996 drug overdose

1998-12-02 Idaho Center, Boise, ID, USA

1998-12-12 KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas, Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2001-11-05 Maimarkthalle, Mannheim, Germany

2005-12-11 KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas, Gibson Amphitheatre, Universal City, CA, USA

2006-05-10 Starlight Amphitheater, Kansas City, MO, USA

  • Dave didn't return to the stage after Martin's slot as he was suffering from an alleged stomach infection. Martin sang 4 more songs before the show was ended early

2009-07-24 Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto, ON, Canada

2010-02-17 Royal Albert Hall, London, England, UK

  • Depeche Mode played a show for the 'Teenage Cancer Trust'
  • some additional musicians played strings for a couple of songs
  • Alan Wilder joined Martin Gore on stage to perform the song "Somebody"

2013-04-26 The Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2017-10-12 Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2017-10-14 Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2017-10-16 Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2017-10-18 Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, CA, USA

  • Depeche Mode play the Hollywood Bowl four nights in a single engagement, becoming the first act to do so in the century-old venue's history

2018-07-25 Waldbühne, Berlin, Germany

2023-03-30 T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, NV, USA

  • After "Waiting For The Night", as Dave was walking back to the main stage, he saw a girl [named Addie] holding a sign. It said that it was her first concert ever and it was her 13th birthday. So Dave kneeled down and sang Happy Birthday to her
  • Dave got a bit frustrated with everyone on their phones during the beginning of the encore

Pages in category "Notable concerts"

The following 42 pages are in this category, out of 42 total.