HOLLYWOOD — Pioneering electronic-rockers Depeche Mode return to the Hollywood Bowl tonight to resume a historic milestone — They are the first band to have four consecutive sold out shows at the venue.
The band is in the midst of it’s mammoth “Global Spirit Tour” to promote “Spirit,” their 14th studio album. The tour started May 5 in Sweden and will end March 27 in Brazil.
Los Angeles has been devoted to Depeche Mode since the early 1980s and is one of the band’s largest markets in the world. Part of that explanation is Los Angeles is home to one of the largest LGBTQ populations in the nation, and since the beginning, the queer community has been a fan of Depeche Mode’s melancholy lyrics and minor key arrangements.
Depeche Mode will visit 25 cities in the United States and Canada on the North American leg of the tour.
Be aware, the setlist for the “Global Spirit Tour” is heavy on tracks from “Spirit” and other recent material with less emphasis on greatest hits, anthemic fan favorites. The track selection might get mixed up a bit due to four Los Angeles show, but don’t expect a sudden injection of crowd favorites.
Nevertheless, the masses should still have a black celebration.
In the photos below, taken October 14 at the Hollywood Bowl, Depeche Mode front man Dave Gahan, guitarist Martin Gore, and keyboardist Any Fletcher put on a high energy, colorful concert in front of 18,000 fans. All photos by Thomas R. Cordova for Q Voice News.