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[GPP] Depeche Mode
Nearly a year after buying my ticket the Depeche Mode bandwagon rolled into Birmingham last night and I, along with a capacity NEC crowd, were there for a solid couple of hours of synth.

I've seen DM twice before, once in 1993 in Crystal Palace and 2001 at the NEC. I was most perturbed when november_girl pointed out that Crystal Palace was 1993, but I digress.

From a music perspective it was a good gig, not brilliant, but good. They belted out the dance classics in the main set then had a slower, more contemplative encore which for me was a little dull - if I'd have missed it I wouldn't have felt cheated. Dave Gahan continues to show the benefits of hard-drugs over food on his figure while the others look a little more "rugged" shall I say.

I did manage, against my expectations, to get a photopass, but the arrangements were dreadul. Part of the stage set was big screens, fed almost-live from cameras around the stage and in the photo-pit, which meant that instead of having the run of a reasonable area we were (all 6 snappers) stuck in a small box about 8 foot by 4 foot which rather restricted the variety of shots that could be taken. I was mainly amused because I wasn't relying on getting a good shot to pay the mortgage.

After that it was off to Eddies for the aftershow party. This wasn't too bad, but I don't think that an aftershow for a gig should try and play the artist's entire back catalogue one after the other. Nice to see Ben after so many years, enjoy the company from the (sober) stelmaria_clg, (not-so-sober)missymodee and to say a brief hello to november_girl and ephraim.

Anyway, some samples below and there might be some more on Monday. Off to Kryogenix in Notts later, possibly after a quick stop at GothSoc on the way.

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From: pax_draconis Date: April 1st, 2006 06:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
What time you at goth shite (if at all)?
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: April 1st, 2006 06:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
satellite_kid From: satellite_kid Date: April 2nd, 2006 08:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Im soooo fukin jealous.... I really wanted to go
I see Dave looks as beautiful as ever...grrrrrr
spida_x From: spida_x Date: April 3rd, 2006 10:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Great shots mate.
This is an area of Photography I would like to improve upon, any tips :)
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: April 3rd, 2006 12:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
Erm... where to start...

There's a good article on photo.net at http://www.photo.net/learn/concerts/mirarchi/concer_i.

Beyond that - feel free to ask more specifics!
missymodee From: missymodee Date: April 4th, 2006 10:11 am (UTC) (Link)

Beautiful, beautiful pics!

Sorry for extreme drunkedness, I can always see how bad it's getting by the look in peoples eyes! Xx
atropa42 From: atropa42 Date: April 5th, 2006 08:38 am (UTC) (Link)
hehe - I think I was at those 2 other DM gigs!
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