Depeche Mode Delivers Spirited Performance at Mohegan Sun
80s pop/electronic group Depeche Mode treated fans to a stellar performance at Mohegan Sun on 9/1. The band is currently touring in support of their latest studio release Spirit which has been receiving praise from fans and critics.
The night started off with two songs from the band’s new album, “Going Backwards” and “So Much Love”. Time has proven to be the band’s best friend. Singer David Gahan’s vocals sound as good as ever and the harmonies provided by guitarist Martin Gore have only gotten better. The band’s 80s goth rock/electronic sound filled the arena as Gahan baritone vocals echoed throughout the seats.
The band then goes into their 1998 hit “Barrel of a Gun”. The group makes the track heavier than the album version, making it sound like a lost Nine Inch Nails track. Gahan sneaks a snippet of the Grandmaster Flash hit “The Message” during the performance which manages to add a darker feel to the track.
The band continues the night with a fantastic mix of new songs like “Corrupt”, “Cover Me”, and “Poison Heart”, along classic songs such as “World in My Eyes”, “In Your Room”, and “Home”. Guitarist Martin Gore even takes over vocal duties and performs a solo acoustic performance one of the band’s first hits “A Question of Lust”. The performance features Gore and Peter Gordeno on piano.
The band powers through other hits including their latest single “Where’s the Revolution” before ending the main set with a barrage of classic 80s tracks. The band starts with deep cuts like “Everything Counts” and “Stripped” followed two of their major hits “Enjoy the Silence” and “Never Let Me Down Again”
The band returned to the stage for the encore. The set began with Martin Gore solo acoustic again for an emotional rendition of the band’s song “Somebody”. The band keeps the emotion going with a cover of the David Bowie classic “Heroes”. Gore’s time to shine is last two songs of the evening, the riff heavy “I Feel You” and the band’s mainstream hit “Personal Jesus”.
After a night of deep cuts, fan favorites, and new hits Depeche Mode proves they’re here to stay and show no signs of slow doing or growing old. The performances are stronger than ever and the band delivers a show that will leave you speechless.
Spirit is in stores now.