When legendary synthpop band Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, and Andy Fletcher participated in a live Q&A this week at the Austin musicfest South By Southwest, Gahan wryly referred to himself as an "overpaid stripper." Two days later, Depeche played their first-ever SXSW show (and first proper gig since 2010), and Gahan--arguably one of the finest frontmen of all time, and one who was fittingly declared a "sex god" by a fan at that Q&A session--busted out some very slinky, very sexy, almost pole-worthy dance moves. And let's just say the man definitely earned his paycheck.
Incredibly, Depeche Mode have actually been around for THIRTY-THREE years, to be exact, and they're about to release their 13th studio album, Delta Machine. The band's SXSW set included the live debut of a whopping five new songs from that album--lead single "Heaven," "Angel," "Should Be Higher," "Soft Touch," and "Soothe My Soul"--all of which segued fluidly into the setlist's classic tracks. But of course, it was those vintage circa-'90s Mode cuts, like "Barrel Of A Gun," "Walking In My Shoes," "Personal Jesus" (which seemed especially appropriate for Texas with its twangy, spaghetti-western guitar riff), "Only When I Lose Myself" (performed for the first time since 1998, and featuring lovely lead vocals by Gore), and the show-closing audience singalong "Enjoy The Silence" that went over best with the crowd. Interestingly, the band played no early-'80s songs (1989's "Personal Jesus" was as far back as they went), but no one in the audience seemed to mind in the least.
Unfortunately, there was no encore, despite fans' desperate and incessant cheers for more Mode. But festivalgoers who just can't get enough of Depeche Mode and want to see the show again--not to mention anyone who didn't make it to SXSW this year--will have that chance on March 26 (the same day that Delta Machine comes out), when the footage becomes available right here on Yahoo! Music.
"Should Be Higher"
"Walking In My Shoes"
"Barrel Of A Gun"
"Only When I Lose Myself"
"Soothe My Soul"
"Enjoy The Silence"
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