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WAITING FOR THE NIGHT

DEPECHE MODE’S LIFE ON THE ROAD HAS SEEN UNRIVALLED DEBAUCHERY, MENTAL COLLAPSE AND LIFE-THREATENING HEALTH SCARES. YET DESPITE THEIR TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS, THEY’VE BEATEN THE ODDS TO BECOME ONE OF THE WORLD’S MOST EXHILARATING AND SUCCESSFUL LIVE ACTS…
It’s June 25 2017, and Depeche Mode take the Global Spirit Tour to an audience of over 50,000 at Rome’s Olympic Stadium, the home of the Lazio and Roma football clubs

The transformation has been gradual but irresistible – over the past four decades Depeche Mode have morphed from playing low-key gigs in their native Essex into one of the world’s biggest touring bands.

Along the way, Dave Gahan has suffered an on-stage heart attack and overcome a Herculean drug habit that threatened to destroy him, Martin Gore has battled the demon drink and Andy Fletcher took time out due to mental health issues. Depeche’s relationship with the road has not always been an easy one, making their present-day status as titans of the stadium show all the more remarkable.

As befitted their stripped-back synthonly set-up, the band’s beginnings were suitably humble. Their first show (as Consequence Of Sound) was played at Woodlands School in their hometown of Basildon and predated debut single Dreaming Of Me by 11 months. Gahan joined the by-now named Depeche Mode at their fourth gig – a date at Nicholas School in Basildon. Such was their confidence, though, that setlists were packed with self-penned material. A cover of The Everly Brothers’ The Price Of Love made it into the show alongside Television Set, written by Vince Clarke’s friend Jason Knott, but the remainder was by Clarke and Martin Gore.

It took Depeche the best part of a year to escape the confines of Essex and neighbouring London. After playing roughly 25 shows in 1980, the following year saw them release debut album Speak & Spell and traverse the UK with 70 gigs. They ventured abroad for the first time to Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and France, and teamed up with Blancmange for a winter UK tour.

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In our latest special edition 132-page magazine we explore the world of synth-pop pioneers Depeche Mode. We follow the band’s epic story – decade-by-decade – from their genesis in Basildon as synth-loving adolescents with Vince Clarke at the helm, through to the present day as a globally famous three-piece with over 100 million record sales under their belts. Classic Pop Presents turn the spotlight onto classic albums from every era of the group’s evolution including Speak & Spell, Black Celebration, Violator, Songs Of Faith And Devotion, Exciter and latest LP Spirit – plus, we go behind the scenes via exclusive interviews with Depeche’s Martin Gore and Dave Gahan, as well as producers Tim Simenon, Ben Hillier and James Ford. We also sit down with the two directors of pioneering tour film 101 to hear how they captured the reality of ‘Mode on the road’. Also inside, we deliver our definitive Top 40 Depeche Mode playlist as well as highlighting some lesser-spun gems; we survey the band’s videography and revisit their mammoth global tours through the years. Add to that our in-depth feature on Depeche’s many collaborators, our investigation into collectable vinyl from their back catalogue and much more besides – it’s an unmissable issue!