Location: The Venue Victoria St, Westminster, London SW1H 0, UK / UK
Audience: nominal ??? / actual: ???
Rec of gig: Bootleg Audio
Comment: On 23 July 1981 Depeche Mode played at 'The Venue' in
Victoria, London. It was Depeche Mode's first
London concert following the huge success of 'New Life' and was a compete
sell-out. It also happened to be Martin Gore's 20th birthday.
Many hundreds were turned away disappointed. The concert was notable for a
number of reasons. It was the first time the band wore their new stage costumes
put together by Vince Clarke's Mum. Prior to this the band had
basically worn whatever they fancied with leather jackets and leather jeans
being the most common. Only Dave had regularly made a point of
dressing up in a stylish way. Vince had decided that the band
should look more professional with smart fashionable outfits.
This concert also saw the unveiling of the first new songs to the bands set
since the beginning of the year. Dave announced the 2 new songs
as Operator and Pretty Boy. By the Autumn and the release of
the debut album Speak & Spell these titles had been changed to
Whats Your Name?.
The night also saw the first ever real example of fanaticism in the ranks of
Depeche Mode fans. One young woman managed to climb onto the
stage and grab and hug Dave before being bundled away by a
member of the stage crew.
Komentarz: Dawne kino zaadaptowane przez Virgin Records -
wytwórnię Sir Richarda Bransona w 1978. W tym lokalu Martin świętował swoje
Life, po 0:45 sek. albo staje taśma, albo zespół specjalnie zwalnia, by po
chwili wystartować pełną mocą. W każdym razie publiczności bardzo się to podoba.
Puppets trochę za dużo pogłosu. Koncert zadziwiająco dobrej jakości.