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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 02:30

Depeche Mode Gets 'Spiritual' at Madison Square Garden

Written by  Kevin P. Coughlin

Walking into Madison Square Garden on September 11th is a spiritual feeling in and of itself. It was the Garden that hosted 2001's "Concert for New York City" featuring some of music's biggest names: Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, The Who, Elton John, Jay Z, Mick & Keith from the Stones and many others.

One particular performance that sticks in my mind from that night was "Heroes" by the late David Bowie, who spent many of his last years as a transplanted New Yorker.

Fast forward 16 years later and another transplanted New Yorker, singer David Gahan, and his British bandmates in Depeche Mode are headlining MSG on 9-11-17. This was the second of two sold out shows on their "Global Sprit Tour". The first show was on Saturday night, September 9th.

At 8:45pm, the Garden goes dark and a blistering recording of "Revolution" by the Beatles blasts through the house public address system. A multicolor red, blue, yellow, and white mosaic is projected on a two-tiered stage resembling a Jackson Pollock "splash" painting. Three silhouetted figures motion onto the stage: guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist Martin Gore, keyboardist Andy Fletcher, and Gahan, the three core members of Depeche Mode. Joined by touring musicians Peter Gordeno on piano and bass, and drummer Christian Eigner, the electronic band opens the concert with "Going Backwards" an instant DM classic off their brilliant new album, "Spirit" , that was released in the Spring and climbed as high as #5 on Billboard's Hot 100.

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