Depeche Mode In Europe

On July 1, 2017 I attended Depeche Mode’s concert at Stade De France in Paris, France. It was the first and only time I’ve seen the band in Europe, which was always a dream of mine. I had golden circle floor tickets, which was the closest area to the stage. There was a second floor section after this one. It was cool to see that they served beers in Depeche Mode beer cups. I had a beer outside the stadium and got my first cup. I was even happier to find that they actually had guys with mini kegs selling beers in these cups on the floor. This definitely doesn’t happen in California. There were 4 different cups, so of course I had to make sure to get all 4.

My Depeche Mode Cups from Paris

We settled in a pretty decent spot on the floor. I was on Fletch’s side which is less preferable but I had seen Depeche Mode perform in April at a small rehearsal studio in Hollywood and was directly in front of Martin at that time. Here’s a selfie video of where I settled.

I had seen Depeche Mode perform their iconic Rose Bowl show in Pasadena and attended one of their shows at Dodger Stadium but it had been 27 years since I’d seen them at a stadium. This was the first time that I’d seen them actually come out while it was still daylight. Some of my pictures and videos from the show are posted below:

Mode On

Martin Gore DJ Event in Santa Barbara – June 27, 2015

Martin Gore DJ’d at a Fundraiser at Soho Restaurant & Music Club on June 27th, 2015. I’d been to Santa Barbara several times before to see Martin DJ. I always have a good time and Martin’s always extremely cordial. Below is the flyer that was signed by Martin and given those of us that paid extra for the Meet and Greet option.

Signed Martin Gore Flyer

The Meet and Greet took place earlier in the evening. Groups of fans took photos with Martin. Here are a couple of pics from my group.

Meet and Greet with Martin Gore
Meet and Greet with Martin Gore, Photo 2

I told Martin that I enjoyed his MG solo album which had been released just a few months before the event. He thanked me and said he was glad I liked it. I had considered purchasing a vinyl copy to get signed but didn’t have a chance. This Meet and Greet didn’t have an autograph signing but after the Meet and Greet I did happen to catch Martin before he left for dinner. I asked him to sign his set list and although “The Baron”, Jonathan Kessler, tried to deny my request, Martin told him that it was ok and he happily signed it. The set list was Martin’s from the Saturday night Staples Center show on the Delta Machine tour. Below is the signed setlist after I framed it. I also included a photo I shot from the show. I had 3rd row seats for that show.

Martin Gore Autographed Delta Machine Set List

Here are a few pics I shot of Martin DJ’ing that night.

Martin Gore DJ Set
Martin Gore DJ Set at Soho
Martin Gore DJ Set

 

Depeche Mode Rose Bowl 30th Anniversary

Music for the Masses by Depeche Mode was released in September of 1987 as I was beginning my senior year in high school. It became the soundtrack for my final year of high school. So it was perfect that they announced the end to their tour in Southern California at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. It would take place on June 18, 1988, two days after I graduated from high school. The main newspaper in Orange County, California asked students at my high school what we’d be doing after graduation. You can see my answer immortalized below:

OC Register Newspaper Clipping

We camped out for tickets and got a great block of floors seats. Our seats were 20 rows back but a girl I had known had second row seats with her friend. They let me and my friend join them in the second row. I somehow managed to get both pieces for my ticket from the show. Back then they tore off one side of the stub.

Full Ticket for Depeche Mode at the Rose Bowl

A friend of mine won passes for the pre-party bbq with KROQ and Thomas Dolby and let me join him.

Depeche Mode KROQ Party Passes for the Rose Bowl

I was interviewed by MTV during the pre-party. I’ve only seen a brief clip of me on the Week In Rock but I heard that years later they used portions of my interview on 120 Minutes and/or Alternative Nation.

MTV Interview Backstage at the Concert For The Masses at the Rose Bowl

You can watch the video from the week in rock on this YouTube Clip. The Depeche Mode section begins at 2:46 and I can be seen at 3:13.

I also made it onto the 101 DVD. I can be seen between the end of Pimpf and the beginning of Behind the Wheel. Here is a screen capture of me raising my arm behind the kids from the movie.

101 Screenshot

The concert itself was quite similar to the show I’d seen at the Forum 6 months previously. The Forum show was pretty remarkable and it was the first time I was up close on the floor. I bought myself and a friend 4th row tickets on the floor.

My 4th row ticket for the Forum

I was two rows closer at the Rose Bowl but the stage was elevated so high it was quite a different experience. The setlist had only two changes from the show in December. Martin performed Pipeline in December but performed Somebody at the Rose Bowl. They also added one more track to the set list at the Rose Bowl, it was Just Can’t Get Enough.

Here is some of my Depeche Mode Rose Bowl related memorabilia:

The program I got the day of the show I eventually had signed by all of the members of the band.

Signed Rose Bowl Program

A lithograph that was limited and released on Depechemode.com. I had it signed by Martin Gore.

Rose Bowl Lithograph signed by Martin Gore

I also have the original newspaper advertisement for the show. I digitally recreated the advert and had OMD sign it.

Original Rose Bowl Ad (left) and digital recreation (right) I made and had signed by OMD

Depeche Mode 2009 North America Tour Dates

Cities and dates for the group’s 2009 North American concert tour are:

Friday, July 24th, 2009
Toronto, ON
Molson Amphitheater
On sale: March 13th, 2009

Saturday, July 25th, 2009
Montréal, PQ
Bell Centre
On sale: March 14th, 2009

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
Washington DC, MD
Nissan Pavilion
On sale: March 13th, 2009

Friday, July 31st, 2009
Boston, MA
Comcast (Great Woods)
On sale: March 21st, 2009

Saturday, August 1st, 2009
Atlantic City, NJ
Borgata
On sale: March 21st, 2009

Monday, August 3rd, 2009
New York, NY
Madison Square Garden
On sale: March 16th, 2009

Monday, August 10th, 2009
Seattle, WA
Key Arena
On sale: March 21st, 2009

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
San Francisco, CA
Shoreline Amphitheater …
On sale: March 15th, 2009

Friday, August 14th, 2009
San Diego, CA
Cricket Wireless Amphit…
On sale: March 13th, 2009

Sunday, August 16th, 2009
Los Angeles, CA
Hollywood Bowl
On sale: March 15th, 2009

Monday, August 17th, 2009
Los Angeles, CA
Hollywood Bowl
On sale: March 15th, 2009

Thursday, August 20th, 2009
Santa Barbara, CA
County Bowl
On sale: March 14th, 2009

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009
Las Vegas, NV
Pearl Concert Theater a…
On sale: March 21st, 2009

Sunday, August 23rd, 2009
Phoenix, AZ
US Air
On sale: March 14th, 2009

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009
Salt Lake City, UT
E Center
On sale: March 21st, 2009

Thursday, August 27th, 2009
Denver, CO
Red Rocks
On sale: March 14th, 2009

Saturday, August 29th, 2009
Dallas, TX
Superpages
On sale: March 21st, 2009

Sunday, August 30th, 2009
Houston, TX
Woodlands Pavilion
On sale: March 14th, 2009

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009
Atlanta, GA
Lakewood Amphitheater
On sale: March 14th, 2009

Friday, September 4th, 2009
Tampa, FL
Ford Amphitheater
On sale: March 13th, 2009

Saturday, September 5th, 2009
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Bank Atlantic
On sale: March 13th, 2009

Calling Out the San Diego Chargers

I am on the Board of Directors for Orange Little League and thought it would be cool to get a silent auction together to raise funds for field renovations. I sent out donation request letters to local sports teams for autographed or game used items to be used for the silent auction at Orange Little League’s Pancake Breakfast on February 21st. Last week I received a rejection notice from the San Diego Chargers stating that they receive thousands of requests from all over the country and since they can’t accommodate all of them, they focus on helping those in need in the San Diego community.

I was a bit miffed thinking they could have provided a simple 8×10 photo ($3 cost) signed by a player but I accepted their explanation that they only donate to the San Diego Community. Today I was quite peeved when I read in the OC Register that the San Diego Chargers have signed a deal with the Wasserman Media Group to market Southern California’s only NFL Team in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. They are trying to get them to help sell luxury suites and club seats to fans in LA and Orange Counties. I live in Orange County and have attended a Chargers game every year since 2000. I find it pretty sad that they want to take our money but they can’t help our community. I guess this goes to show what kind of organization the Chargers truly are.

Chargers Rejection Postcard

FYI, the Kings also sent a rejection postcard too. I guess we are not in LA as Arte Moreno seems to think we are 😉

Kings Rejection Letter

FYI, so far the Angels have stepped up by donating a signed Juan Rivera major league baseball and the Dodgers have donated 4 vouchers good for tickets to a game next season. The silent auction is on February 21st at the Orange Little League Fields. Stop by if you’re interested in bidding. We will have other great items as well.

London Calling

I just found out this week that Morrissey is playing at the end of May in his hometown in Manchester and also in London. He is playing in London the same week (and night) as Depeche Mode. That would be quite a week to catch Morrissey and Depeche Mode in London.

It should be quite a year for music I like. Depeche Mode releases a new album in April and U2 releases a new album in March.

Thank You Vets!

I wanted to send a big thank you to all of the veterans that have served our country especially one in particular, my Dad. Thanks for all you’ve done for your country and all you’ve done for me.

We just attended a concert by Gary Puckett last weekend and he makes an effort to thank the veterans for their service. He plays a great song called “Home” that he dedicates to them and acknowledges all of the vets at the concert. It was a great show and a great time. Davy Jones from the Monkees also performed. That was quite interesting as well. A very entertaining evening. Below is a pic of my Dad from Gary Puckett’s show in Las Vegas earlier this year.

Gary Puckett and Bob Rohm

12th W for Saunders, 34th Save for K-Rod

I was lucky enough to attend the Angels game today and sit in the second row behind the A’s dugout. I was so happy with the seats that I took 330 photos! Below is a photo that has the same background as one I took of Christian earlier this week. It is Christian’s favorite player, a left-handed first baseman just like him.

Casey Kotchman

Interesting photo from the game of Napoli using Kotchman’s bat:

Mike Napoli

Here is K-Rod closing out the ninth inning and getting his 34th save:

Francisco Rodriguez

Angels Baseball Clinic

I am fortunate enough to be able to work flexible hours and attend events such as the one I went to today with my son. The Angels coaching staff and broadcaster Jose Mota donate their time to put on a baseball clinic for Angels season ticket holders. I went with my son and took some photos of the event. He had a great time and got a ball signed by Mike Butcher (former Angels player and current pitching coach). Below are the photos:

Steve Soliz discussing fielding.

Steve Soliz and Christian Rohm

Mickey Hatcher rolling Christian a ground ball.

Mickey Hatcher at Angels Clinic

Jose Mota discussing baserunning.

Jose Mota and Christian Rohm

Pitching Coach Mike Butcher and Christian

Mike Butcher and Christian

My favorite pic of the day.

Christian Rohm at Angel Stadium