6/28/01…Depeche Mode with Poe @ Madison Square Garden, New York City

Depeche Mode @ Madison Square Garden 6/28/01

Depeche Mode @ Madison Square Garden 6/28/01

This concert provided me with several firsts.  It was my first time seeing Depeche Mode in NYC.  It was my first time attending a show at Madison Square Garden.  And it was my first time attending a show by myself.  I hadn’t set out to go to this show alone, but circumstances led it to happen.  The night of the show, literally, minutes before I was about to leave for the city, my boyfriend and I got into a huge fight.  We probably fought over something stupid, but it was enough for him to decide he wasn’t going to the show.  Well, I had to take a moment to think about what I was going to do.  I flashed back to the Nirvana show I had missed when my friends had let me down and not bought their tickets.  I flashed back to the Goo Goo Dolls show I had missed because of the nasty stye in my eye.  And I made a strong decision.  I decided that the music was more powerful than my fears.  I wasn’t going to miss Depeche Mode because I was scared to go to a show alone.  I left my boyfriend’s ticket to the show on the dresser next to the bed he was sulking on & took off.  Man, was I nervous.  I felt very awkward walking into that arena.  But once I was in my seat, I started to relax a little.  I was off in my own thoughts during Poe and really don’t remember anything about her performance.  I guess you can say, she didn’t leave an impression.  I was very anxious for Depeche Mode to go on.  I had always seen them with a group of friends, so this was quite a different experience.  I wanted to enjoy the show, but I wasn’t sure I’d be able to do it on my own.  I kept looking around, wondering if my boyfriend would show up.  He never did.  And finally, once Depeche Mode came on, I just forgot all about his imminent arrival and lost myself in the music.  This tour was promoting DM’s newest album, Exciter.  The set list included songs from the album, but didn’t rely heavily on just this album.  In fact, they included many of their older hits.

  1. Easy Tiger / Dream On
(instrumental intro)
  2. The Dead of Night
  3. The Sweetest Condition
  4. Halo
  5. Walking in My Shoes
  6. Dream On
  7. When The Body Speaks
  8. Waiting for the Night
  9. Surrender
(piano version with Martin singing)
  10. Breathe
  11. Freelove
  12. Enjoy the Silence
  13. I Feel You
  14. In Your Room
  15. It’s No Good
  16. I Feel Loved
  17. Personal Jesus
  18. Encore:
  19. Home
  20. Clean
  21. Black Celebration
  22. Never Let Me Down Again

I was seated on the right side of the stage, two sections above the floor seats, so I had a pretty good visual of the band.  They were actually pretty great seats.  I couldn’t help but stand up and just let loose during their set.  Dave Gahan really does it for me every time.  He’s the ultimate entertainer.  He has so much fun up on stage, it’s contagious.  Thanks to this band and their awesome music, I really forgot I was by myself.  And I realized that if I had to, I could go to any show by myself.  As long as I was enjoying the music, that’s all the company I needed.  Thank you, Depeche Mode, for a great opportunity for firsts.

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