DEPECHE MODE TOTU MEMORIES (1/6) – ISRAEL!

by Viviana on March 3, 2010

in Music

I’m taking a ride with my best band!

Dear passengers, this is your Romanian captain speaking. Allow me to welcome you on board of our Depeche Mode aircraft. You have chosen to be part of this Depeche Mode Tour of the Universe (in 6 days). Fasten your seatbelt, sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful memories of 7 Depeche Mode concerts in 6 countries across the Globe. Let me show you the world in my eyes…

Tel Aviv, Israel, 9 and 10 May, 2009

May 9 is Dave’s birthday, and as my birthday is May 10, it was the first time Dave and I celebrated our b-days in the same country (the Holy Land). I turned 36 in the taxi, on the way to the hotel.

On the night we arrived in Tel Aviv there was no one in the street. I mean no one… Still, we found the only bar that was opened and they were playing DEPECHE MODE (It’s No Good for a start and then many other DM songs, and we all sang along and drank local beer on the night of my b-day).

On May 10, 2009, it was the first time I saw Depeche Mode live on TOTU, and it was the first official concert (well, after the warm up in Luxembourg on May 6).

I will never forget the sun setting as if God decided to drop the curtains to create the proper atmosphere for the concert on Ramat Gan Stadium. Terry Poison (Israel) left me bouche-bée and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs (USA) were born for me on that stage! A sincere thank you to the lead singer in this band who dedicated a song to Depeche Mode.

The Israeli fan club video was played on the side screens and we all cheered waiting for the kings to appear. And so they did. Tons of fireworks were held by the audience. Really the only place on Earth where I saw that happen at a Depeche Mode concert! Lovely…

We sang happy birthday to Dave and I yelled from the bottom of my lungs that it was my birthday on that day, and people around us wished me Happy B-day…in Romanian (!). We found out that out of 10 people around us, 4 were of pure Romanian extraction, and the rest had some Romanian descent.

We sang every song. Depeche Mode played In Sympathy (my favorite on SOTU), and I could see Dave make the gesture from Halo (the strongest man in the Universe) when saying “you’re strong”! It was a premiere for me to see Dave waving his arms sideways like a swan after In Chains. And the new makeup and outfits!

The stage wasn’t very different from the one on Touring the Angel, but I found it more welcoming and warmer.

Photos I took before the concert

photos I took at the concert

and photos I took in Tel Aviv

Next stop: Rome, Italy!

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: