LIVE AT THE OLYMPIA
BY JESPER LAKMAN (email@example.com)
THE LIVE SET
The DVD starts with a nice intro where the arena is being filmed and on the side of the
building it says Dave Gahan in big pink letters, then the music starts and the intro of
“Hidden House” is filmed from above the stage, and Dave is off course magnificent and
very energetic, and it is easy to see that Dave is intent on performing well. Lots of
blue lights and the intro song has been filmed in many different angels. This is a really
nice start. Doing the Hold On song there is lots of close up shots of the band, Dave, and
the audience. The audience looks really pleased. The “Dirty Sticky Floors” really gets the
audience started, and it is one of the highlights of the solo songs being played on the
DVD. It looks so dynamic the way this song has been filmed, and the filming from above
the stage is amazing.
The first Depeche Mode number is “A Question Of Time” and Dave is full of vigour from
the very beginning. For a moment I forgot that it wasn’t Depeche Mode, but Dave Gahan solo.
This version is off course very different from the way Depeche Mode use to perform it, but
it sort of grow on you. Then it slows down again with “Bitter Apple” one of my personal
favorites on the “Paper Monsters” album so I really enjoyed the live version. In
between “Black And Blue Again” and “Stay” the audience starts the as usual Depeche Mode
cheer, which sounds like a football match, and Dave goes “that’s just great…that’s great, but
we are in the slow bit now, and it’s going to be quiet” I really enjoyed this “slow bit” and
Dave?s voice is better than ever. After the slow period with “Black And Blue Again”,
“Bitter Apple”, and “Stay” “A Little Piece” speeds up the gig once again and Dave is
again full of energy and power.
The second Depeche Mode song is “Walking In My Shoes” and this version is fantastic, again
very different from when Depeche Mode are performing the song live. I simply love this
version and there is a very dynamic atmosphere, and what a knockout performance. The filming
doing “Walking In My Shoes” is fantastic. “I Need You” follows right after, and Dave is
making a great interaction between him and the singing audience.
The 3rd Depeche Mode song is the classical “Personal Jesus”. This version simple has a rock
beat instead of the good old synth beat, and Knox is trying to give us his own guitar
version, but he is not Martin L. Gore. The audience loves this number, and we get the
full “Reach out and touch faith” with cameras from many different angels again. The set is
being finished with “Goodbye”.
After the encore Dave Gahan and his band come back to perform “I feel You” and “Never Let Me Down Again”
the two very highlights of the DVD. Both songs are so different from the original version, but
I really love them. The gig is finished off with “Never Let Me Down Again” something the
audience simply love. Dave Gahan, the band, and the audience is giving themselves 100%. PERFECT.
Starts with a great version of “Dirty Sticky Floors” with unique drumming followed by a very
acoustic version of “Bitter Apple” and “Black And Blue Again”. This set has a funny
“Acoustic” filming, and it is a very nice feature on the DVD.
LIVE MONSTERS – A SHORT FILM
The short film includes interviews from the band member and Dave. Mostly they talk about Dave’s
dynamic personality on stage. Dave talks about the whole Monster time; the excitement,
the making of the album, and the tour off course. Now the terrifying part is Dave Gahan
keeps talking about another solo album with Knox, and how they could write songs together
in the future, and he does not say anything about a future with Depeche Mode.
I can only recommend all fans to get the DVD, I simply just love it. Buy it and be the
judge yourself. If will be out April 1st world wide.
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