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Pre Speak & Spell Tour: London, The Venue / 1981.07.23


Television Set
Boys Say Go!
New Life
Ice Machine
Big Muff
Just Can't Get Enough
What's Your Name?
Tora! Tora! Tora!
The Price Of Love
Dreaming Of Me


Early Songs - 3
Speak & Spell - 10


Concert no: 020

Date: 1981.07.23

Location: The Venue Victoria St, Westminster, London SW1H 0, UK / UK

Audience: nominal ??? / actual: ???

Rec of gig: Bootleg Audio


Comment: On 23 July 1981 Depeche Mode played at 'The Venue' in Victoria, London. It was Depeche Mode's first London concert following the huge success of 'New Life' and was a compete sell-out. It also happened to be Martin Gore's 20th birthday.

Many hundreds were turned away disappointed. The concert was notable for a number of reasons. It was the first time the band wore their new stage costumes put together by Vince Clarke's Mum. Prior to this the band had basically worn whatever they fancied with leather jackets and leather jeans being the most common. Only Dave had regularly made a point of dressing up in a stylish way. Vince had decided that the band should look more professional with smart fashionable outfits.

This concert also saw the unveiling of the first new songs to the bands set since the beginning of the year. Dave announced the 2 new songs as Operator and Pretty Boy. By the Autumn and the release of the debut album Speak & Spell these titles had been changed to Puppets and Whats Your Name?.

The night also saw the first ever real example of fanaticism in the ranks of Depeche Mode fans. One young woman managed to climb onto the stage and grab and hug Dave before being bundled away by a member of the stage crew.

Source: Basildon: New Town - New Life + further details.


Komentarz: Dawne kino zaadaptowane przez Virgin Records - wytwórnię Sir Richarda Bransona w 1978. W tym lokalu Martin świętował swoje urodziny.

Inaczej zagrane New Life, po 0:45 sek. albo staje taśma, albo zespół specjalnie zwalnia, by po chwili wystartować pełną mocą. W każdym razie publiczności bardzo się to podoba. Od Puppets trochę za dużo pogłosu. Koncert zadziwiająco dobrej jakości.


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