Shine (Dave Gahan & Soulsavers song)

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This article is about the song 'Shine' written by Dave Gahan for his 2015 solo album Angels & Ghosts. For the song 'Shine' written by Martin L. Gore for the 2001 Depeche Mode album Exciter, see Shine (Depeche Mode song).


In a syndicated interview for, Dave Gahan says:

"[...] In fact, one of the songs - lyrically and melodically - I came up with the idea for after a concert… yeah, [chuckling] before that, actually… in Berlin, which was during the 'Sounds Of The Universe' tour. And in fact, and Soulsavers as well… I think it was during that tour. Well, anyway, there was the song 'Shine' - which is the first song on the album - the idea of that, in my head came. And then when Rich finally sent me this guitar line later on - was the slide guitar part that's in throughout 'Shine' - I knew that that idea that I'd remembered would fit perfectly inside this particular piece. So, that was one of the first pieces that was new that came, that was for this record.

Q: As you mentioned 'Shine', the opening track: Any particular reason why you wrote that in Berlin, in the middle of Europe?

A: Well, it was actually inspired by an amazing concert that we did there, in a huge stadium in Berlin. And on that particular night - it was one of those nights where, as a performer, everything just fell into place. There was a fantastic atmosphere, beautiful night. My voice was working, everything was working, I could, you know…

Q: So it was one of those magic moments?

A: Yeah, one of those magic moments that sometimes happen on tour, and everything's in the right place at the right time. And it’s one of those things, when you look around as well, at each other on stage, you all kind of know that it's happening. So I went back after that concert and these words just, and a melody line sort of came into my head. So I quickly recorded it into my computer, and put it away. And when Rich sent me a guitar line later on - the slidey sort of blues guitar line - I heard the whole thing kind of in my head. And with this big beat. And it all made sense. It’s very simple, it’s a very simple song with a very simple message. But it fit perfectly after that particular performance.

Q: Is that also a call for more optimism in a pretty dark and grim times? Does it work on a social and political level, too?

A: I hope so. I mean, it’s one of those things that I really felt in that moment, during the concert. Where there was tens of thousands of people all in one particular moment together. Sharing that moment together. And what a wonderful feeling that is.

Dates with available recordings of Shine (Dave Gahan & Soulsavers song)

There are currently 11 recordings of Shine (Dave Gahan & Soulsavers song) available.

Dates where Shine (Dave Gahan & Soulsavers song) was played

Miscellaneous performances

  • Shine (Dave Gahan & Soulsavers song) was not been played at any miscellaneous performance.

2015 "Angels & Ghosts" Tour (Dave Gahan & Soulsavers)

Shine (Dave Gahan & Soulsavers song) was played 13 times during this tour.

1981-1985: Dreaming Of MeNew LifeJust Can't Get EnoughSee YouThe Meaning Of LoveLeave In SilenceGet The Balance Right!Everything CountsLove In ItselfPeople Are PeopleMaster And ServantBlasphemous RumoursSomebodyShake The DiseaseIt's Called A Heart
1986-1989: StrippedBut Not TonightA Question Of LustA Question Of TimeStrangeloveNever Let Me Down AgainBehind The WheelLittle 15Route 66Personal Jesus
1990-1999: Enjoy The SilencePolicy Of TruthWorld In My EyesI Feel YouWalking In My ShoesCondemnationIn Your RoomBarrel Of A GunIt's No GoodHomeUselessOnly When I Lose Myself
2000-2009: Dream OnI Feel LovedFreeloveGoodnight LoversPreciousA Pain That I'm Used ToSuffer WellJohn The RevelatorLilianMartyrWrongPeaceFragile TensionHole To Feed
2010-2017: HeavenSoothe My SoulShould Be HigherWhere's The RevolutionGoing BackwardsCover Me
1992-1998: Faith HealerDriftingStalkerMissing Piece
2000-2008: Strange HoursJezebelPreyAllelujah
2003-2008: Dirty Sticky FloorsI Need YouBottle LivingHold OnA Little PieceKingdomSaw SomethingDeeper And Deeper
2012-2015: Longest DayTake Me Back HomeAll Of This And NothingShine
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2012: SpockSingle BlipAftermaths
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