Depeche Mode becomes Dallas’ Personal Jesus

09/22/17
Depeche Mode
Starplex Pavilion 
Dallas, TX

Depeche Mode made a stop in Dallas last night on their Global Spirit Tour and packed the house. 20,000+ people filled the venue full of fishnets and eyeliner for a stroll down memory lane.

Dave Gahan made a grand entrance, strutting around the stage and dancing around in the shadows before revealing himself to the spotlight. This man doesn’t request the attention of a crowd, he commands it. Diving head first into their set, they got things started with “Going Backwards” and immediately had the audience on their feet.

Depeche Mode has a vast library of songs to create a master live performance and on this night they didn’t disappoint. Songs like “In Your Room” brought fans, most of whom are now parents, back to memories of listening to that very song in their parents house as a teenager. Their familiar sound is a soothing blend of pop, dance and the occasional dark and mysterious tune. Even if you aren’t a fan of Depeche Mode, you can’t deny seeing droves of kids donning doc martens and tshirts in high school.

Songs like “Poison Heart” and “Wrong” proved Gahan’s voice still has the beautifully haunting appeal it did decades ago. Not shying away from a good cover, their version of David Bowie’s “Heroes” was a welcomed pleasant surprise.. Rounding out the set with an encore including “Personal Jesus”, Depeche Mode  left Dallas with new handful of memories for fans to cherish.

Setlist
Going Backwards
So Much Love
Barrel of a Gun
A Pain That I’m Used To
Corrupt
In Your Room
World in My Eyes
Cover Me
A Question of Lust
Home
Poison Heart
Where’s the Revolution 
Wrong
Everything Counts
Stripped
Enjoy the Silence
Never Let Me Down Again
Somebody
Walking in My Shoes
Heroes (David Bowie cover)
I Feel You
Personal Jesus 

Photos by Josh Martinez