11/25/98…Depeche Mode with Stabbing Westward @ Rosemont Horizon, Chicago

Depeche Mode @ Rosemont Horizon 11/25/98

Depeche Mode @ Rosemont Horizon 11/25/98

This was Depeche Mode’s Singles Tour.  They had released an album in ’98 that celebrated all their singles from ’86-’98.  I hadn’t even planned on going to this show.  But, my best friend, who I had talked to maybe once since she had moved to Australia in ’96 or ’97 (can’t remember anymore), was back in Chicago for her first visit since she had left.  At the last-minute, the other person that was supposed to go with her to this show canceled, so she asked if I wanted the ticket.  I jumped on it.  It had been a few years since I had seen DM, so I thought it would be fun.  I went with her and her little sister.  Things were definitely a bit awkward and strained since our falling out and lack of contact while she had been gone.  But, it was Depeche Mode so I was determined to have fun.  Stabbing Westward opened for the band.  They had a fairly short set list:

  1. Drugstore
  2. Nothing
  3. Haunting Me
  4. Waking Up Beside You
  5. What Do I Have to Do?
  6. Save Yourself
  7. Sometimes It Hurts
  8. Shame

I don’t really remember their part of the show, to be honest.  I was too excited for DM to come out.  Their set list was pretty awesome:

  1. Painkiller
  2. A Question of Time
  3. World in My Eyes
  4. Policy of Truth
  5. It’s No Good
  6. Never Let Me Down Again
  7. Walking in My Shoes
  8. Only When I Lose Myself
  9. A Question of Lust
  10. Home
  11. Condemnation
  12. In Your Room
  13. Useless
  14. Enjoy the Silence
  15. Personal Jesus
  16. Barrel of a Gun
  17. Encore:
  18. Somebody
  19. Stripped
  20. I Feel You
  21. Encore 2:
  22. Just Can’t Get Enough

They really did the singles!!  And it was so much fun to hear them go way back into their catalog.  At one point during the show, Dave Gahan asked to put the lights up so he could see the audience.  He really scanned the place.  We had been sitting up in the second balcony, in the front row of our section.  We were on our feet, dancing like crazy.  He pointed up to us and commented on all the fun we were having!  We were so excited and just started screaming.  It was awesome-a moment I won’t ever forget!  While this show wasn’t quite the same because of the awkward tension between me and who had been my best friend for 24 years, I still made the best of it.  Depeche Mode once again put on an incredible  & memorable show!!

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