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by Viviana on June 23, 2010

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In 2009, I saw Depeche Mode live in Israel, Italy, Hungary, Spain (two shows). I also had tickets for Romania, Bulgaria and Portugal, but the shows were cancelled due to Dave Gahan’s illness. Still, the trip to Porto was good fun!

I also went to two major Gothic festivals in Germany:

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by Viviana on March 14, 2010

in Music

After a long(ish) period of non-Depeche Mode entries, I have decided to write less and let the videos speak about how awesome Depeche Mode concerts are. As I have repeatedly said, the 7 Depeche Mode concerts in 6 countries I attended in 2009 and 2010 are my life dream come true. I was lucky enough (although I can’t get enough!) to have my friends with me in 5 of these countries! I dressed up, wore my Gothic makeup, jewelry and perfume, I felt I was in heaven  watching my favorite band on stage and I partied with the Devotees after each concert. Thank you DM for some of the best moments of my life! I promise to go back to the next episode I was supposed to write some time ago (Barcelona concerts). :)

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by Viviana on March 3, 2010

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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

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photos I took at the concert

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and photos I took in Tel Aviv

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Next stop: Rome, Italy!

Words are not enough to express what I felt in Budapest on June 23, 2009, on the Puskas Ferenc stadium. My heart beat faster and the overwhelming feeling that Depeche Mode is my life was never stronger.

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Cancelling the Universe – Oh, Well…

by Viviana on May 21, 2009

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Starting May 12, we have been receiving scarce news about Dave’s health condition and the Tour of the Universe in general. We have been reading sad jokes about the real reasons why Depeche Mode have already cancelled 9 concerts in Eastern Europe and 2 Baltic States. I have the feeling that Dave Gahan’s health is treated as a political issue and it totally makes me sick. Politicizing is what Romanians are best at. Making things bigger and scarier than they are is also a national trait. So follow my thoughts, and you will probably agree with me.

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All the blues and the reds get to me…

Very subjective comments about the Depeche Mode concert in Tel Aviv – May 10, 2009

Before anything else, here are some photos I took in the Holy Land.

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I’ve read tons of disappointment so far about Sounds of the Universe on the Internet.

Two questions raise in my head:

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by Viviana on April 29, 2009

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This is my personal official Depeche Mode album ranking (in terms of track listening and number of tracks I like on each album)

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It all started 22 years ago when I saw Depeche Mode on TV for the first time in my life.

Robert, my all time best friend, at that time my high school mate (9th grade) and I were on a camp in Baile Herculane, a beautiful Meditarrenean-ish resort in southwestern Romania. Unfortunately, the last time I visited Baile Herculane (I think about a year ago) I noticed that the entire town was falling apart…

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ROUTE "69"

by Viviana on April 16, 2009

in Music


My dear friend, as promised I have put together the list of Depeche Mode songs that you need to listen to before we leave. Brace up and load your i-pod.
So it happened that there are exactly 69 songs in this list, and as I was true to myself when I started it, I am not going either to add one or take out one…No way!
Enjoy! Let me know what you think afterwards.
One thing: don’t think that they are going to play none/most/some… They are just going to play, and whatever the setlist is, we’ll rejoice! In 5 countries.

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