Trip to Berlin — Depeche Mode @ Waldbuhne

So yesterday  morning I left for a short trip to Berlin, to go and see Depeche Mode at the Waldbuhne. Starting with a high-speed drive to berlin (and I fear I might have gotten a speeding ticket in Bad Oeynhousen) I arrived at the hotel at about 15:00… after checking in I did a quick visit of Alexanderplatz where the only available parking-places had interesting signs. It was pretty clear the Fifa championship was going on in Germany :). The Waldbuhne was right next to the Olympic Stadium (glockenturm) where the soccer championship was also going on. Quite a queue was forming in front of the gates, and the baggage-checking went really slow (no camera’s and no more then 1/2 liter of soft-drink allowed). We managed to slip in with all our camera’s stuffed down our pants and some social-engineering/distraction techniques and proceded down to the arena for some almost front-row places. While waiting the almost 2 hours for the pre-show to begin we met some very friendly people and had a couple of very expensive beers (5 euro’s for 0.3 liters) in Depeche Mode cups. The opening act consisted of Goldfrapp, and while I really like Goldfrapp, this didn’t ring any bells, there was no singer, just two guys with powerbooks . They did manage to mix some Depeche Mode sounds into their tunes, but it’s not the Goldfrapp I know and like . After 30 minutes of this the well-known pre-show mix started again, and we knew we were in for a 45 minute wait for the main show to start. It actually took even longer this time, as the pre-show mix just looped and started playing again for a few minutes before the band actually got on stage. The concert itself was great, as usual, with all the favorites coming by. The setlist was slightly different, and shorter it seems, compared to the concert at Ahoy.

Some more good shots include:

Depeche Mode Open Air — Berlin 2006

N invited me to Depeche Mode’s Open Air concert in the Berliner Waldbuhne this wednesday, which I gladly accepted. So after arranging 2 days off from work I could confirm and make all the required arrangments. The concert will be given on a beautiful location (google-maps) just outside of the center of Berlin. I’m currently trying to book a room in my usual Berlin hotel, lets hope they have some available.

I might as well visit some shops before I leave there… must make a wish-list 😉

Update june 27: Ok… everything is arranged, i’m leaving tomorrow morning which should give me enough time to drive to Berlin, check into my hotel, fix some food and then drive back out of the city towards the stadium. Thursday I plan to do some shopping… not sure yet where exactly, at the very least at Alexanderplz or Hackischer Markt.

Depeche Mode – Touring the Angel – Pre-Show DJ-Set

This is the pre-show DJ-set I mentioned earlier… great music 😉
After the opening act, but before the band take the stage, the venue has
been filled with a special pre-show DJ set recorded by Martin

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This should be the track listing of the mix set.

01 – “Vegetables” – Audion, SuckFish
02 – “Winter Green” – Lawrence, The Absence Of Blight
03 – “Rebird” – Metope, Kobol
04 – “Hot Sugar Candy Apple Taffy” – Heartthrob, Minimize to Maximize
05 – “Lost In Sound” – Alex Smoke, Incommunicado
06 – “Sinsentrikken Ut I 2 Spor” – Woody McBride, Demosessions May 2002
07 – “Cooling The Plasma” – Rene Breitbarth, With A Little Luck
08 – “33” – Metope, Kobol
09 – “Yak” – Motor, Sweatbox
10 – “The Dancing Box” – James T Cotton, The Dancing Box
11 – “An Army Of Watt” – T. Raumschmiere, Blitzkrieg Pop

Depeche Mode

I Depeche Modejust came home from one of the best concerts ever, Depeche Mode‘s Playing the Angel tour, in Ahoy Rotterdam. I went with JdeW, Earle, Ben and some other friends. The setlist (afaik correct) below was what was played, with some nice encore’s:

  • Intro
  • A Pain That I’m Used To
  • John The Revelator
  • A Question Of Time
  • Policy Of Truth
  • Precious
  • Walking In My Shoes
  • Suffer Well
  • Macro
  • Home
  • I Want It All
  • The Sinner In Me
  • I Feel You
  • Behind The Wheel
  • World In My Eyes
  • Personal Jesus
  • Enjoy The Silence
  • encore
  • Shake the Disease
  • Just Can’t Get Enough
  • Everything Counts
  • encore #2
  • Never Let Me Down Again
  • Goodnight Lovers

The pictures I took can be found in the following album: Depeche Mode – Ahoy, all pictures © 2006 Mark Janssen.