O2 Arena, London
- Date: Tuesday, 28 May 2013
- Time: 8:00 pm - 11:59 pm
- Venue: O2 Arena
- Location: London, England
- Support Act: How To Dress Well
Delta Machine Tour 2013
O2 Arena, London, England
Tuesday, 28 May 2013
European Leg 1
Depeche Mode on their Delta Machine Tour 2013 at O2 Arena, London, England on Tuesday, 28 May 2013.
Press & Reviews
Traditionally, Depeche Mode struggle to complete a tour without hospitalisations, nervous breakdowns and drug-induced near-death experiences. The mammoth Delta Machine trek will keep the Basildon trio on the world’s streets until February but if last night’s flawlessly executed lesson in how to play arenas was any yardstick, they are in control at last. Fingers crossed.
If Martin Gore is the creative fulcrum of an act who have sold 100 million albums and Andy Fletcher the intra-band glue, Dave Gahan is the tattooed, wrigglesome frontman who has managed the transformation from baby-faced heroin maven to grizzled rocker with surprising maintenance of dignity. During Never Let Me Down, the finale of their first London show since 2010, Gahan shed his waistcoat. Disappointingly, he looked better topless than any man of 51 has a right to and the video backdrop to Heaven confirmed that, perhaps uniquely, he even looks like the consummate rock star while wearing welder’s goggles.
More rally than mere gig, this was no trawl through the hits. After 32 years, the perfect pop of Just Can’t Get Enough needed tinkering rather than renovation; Walking In My Shoes and A Question Of Time were given exhilarating makeovers but maybe too many singles were omitted in favour of newer material. Then again, Depeche Mode have always been a law unto themselves. They still count: in large amounts.
[sourced from London Evening Standard]