DEPECHE MODE: 7:30 p.m., Tues., August 27, 2013, Minnesota State Fair Grandstand, $60, $70. Tickets go on sale at the Fairgrounds and Ticketmaster at 10 a.m., Sat., April 6, 2013. The main entrance to the Fairgrounds is on Snelling Av. at Como Av. in St. Paul, MN. There is parking just inside the grounds or in the lots on Como Av. west of Snelling. www.depechemode.com
Depeche Mode (Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher) has withstood the changing times by changing with them. From the electronic synth sound of the eighties to the high-tech alt sound of today, this band has persisted by releasing material that is usually ahead of its time. Locally, listeners of KTWN-FM (96.3, the new radio home of the Minnesota Twins) can attest that even their old stuff still sounds fresh.
The changes made by the band include adding guitars, a real drum kit, gospel background singers, live strings and uilleann pipes. They even added a grunge sound to some of their material which proved very effective live. Most of the changes were lauded by fans and critics alike and Depeche Mode remained a popular choice throughout.
Like many bands, Depeche Mode suffered through drug problems with one or more members. Those problems nearly broke up the band but they were patient enough to wait it out. They emerged as a more mature band and their fans waited it out with them, rewarding them by attending their concerts in droves.
The high point of that time was the “Sounds of the Universe” album and the subsequent Tour of the Universe. They played for 2.7 million people across 32 countries and that tour was one of the most profitable in 2009. That tour was immortalized on DVD and Blu-Ray entitled “Tour of the Universe: Barcelona 20/21.11.09″.
As a reminder to those who might have lost touch, songs by Depeche Mode include “Just Can’t Get Enough”, “Tora Tora Tora”, “A Question of Time”, “Personal Jesus”, “Walking in My Shoes”, “I Feel Loved”, “A Pain That I’m Used To”, “Hole to Feed” and “Heaven” from the new album entitled “Delta Machine”.