Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode at the Santa Barbara Bowl in Santa Barbara, CA

Depeche Mode’s long awaited arrival to play the Santa Barbara Bowl was everything the die-hard fans hoped for. Depeche Mode’s Global Spirit tour encompassed their 14th studio album, Spirit, and many classics also. The evening after the mass shooting in Las Vegas at a concert event, united everyone together as fans gathered for Depeche Mode. Once the house lights went off the Beatles song “Revolution” came on loud…..

“You tell me that it's evolution

Well, you know

We all want to change the world

But when you talk about destruction

Don't you know that you can count me out....”

After the emotional intro the band came on stage and played an instrumental with a large screen in the background with a very colorful collage of colors with Dave Gahan dancing as a Silhouette in front of the screen.

Dave Gahan graced the stage as a ballet, jazz, improve, sensual dancer. The choreography and gracefulness of his moves on stage, engaged the audience. I felt I was watching a Broadway Musical, it was very moving to watch and see his next leap across the stage.

The move to play David Bowies cover of "Heroes" as a tribute, a moment for all, a time to heal from the events of today’s world.

“We can be heroes, just for one day
We can be us, just for one day”

Setlist:
1. Revolution(The Beatles song)
2. Cover Me (instrumental video intro)
3. Going Backwards
4. So Much Love
5. Barrel of a Gun
6. A Pain That I'm Used To
7. Corrupt
8. In Your Room
9. World in My Eyes
10. Cover Me
11. A Question of Lust
12. Home
13. Poison Heart
14. Where's the Revolution
15. Wrong
16. Everything Counts
17. Stripped
18. Enjoy the Silence
19. Never Let Me Down Again

Encore:
20. Somebody
21. Walking in My Shoes
22. "Heroes" (David Bowie cover)
23. I Feel You
24. Personal Jesus

Photos and Text By Thomas Long