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Depeche Mode live in Milan and Bologna June 2017: My Review

Depeche Mode live in Milan and Bologna June 2017: My Review | PopMart 1.0 | Scoop.it
In every Depeche tour since 2006 I'm doing at least one italian gig. One of the main reasons is that the audience is really warm there, creates a special atmosphere even in big stadium conditions and provides the perfect template for the band to go on stage and give really their best to entertain us.

So this time I did Milano's San Siro on June 27th and Bologna's Dall'Ara a couple of days later.

First, Milan...I had high hopes for that because of the spectacular show in 2013. The thing was, there were particular sound problems in the first half of the set and people didn't really get into their feet till World In My Eyes...but in the 2nd part of the show, the really strong part, they were up for it. Dave sounded amazing, I guess the day off between gigs has helped a lot. Massive fan response to Mart's Home, singalong in Everything Counts and Enjoy the Silence, the "corn field" in Never Let Me Down Again and finishing in style with Personal Jesus. 

Oh, and the Walking In My Shoes projection (personally the best in this tour) didn't work, people got a bit confused with the It's No Good code and the projections showing the band from the middle of the song onwards.

All and all, not as good as 2013 (that was difficult anyway) but still a great one.

Two days later Bologna...by car from Milan. Heavy traffic as we were approaching the stadium, which hadn't been used by an international band for a number of years. But the Bologna indoor gigs have went down really well for Depeche, so they went for the extra mile...and they were right.

Seems the traffic was an issue, people still had to run to the arena and the gig kicked off around 9 local time... personally I felt that the atmosphere was even better than Milan (others would disagree with this I'm sure), including the sound which was really strong. Same tracklist? Well, we had two changes by Mart...the acoustic versions of Judas - amazing song, but they had done it a number of times in the previous tour, including Bologna! - and Strangelove, a simple but effective performance which I loved.

Dave again in top form, although during the encore he sounded a little flat, probably too much energy wasted to keep the thing going, who can argue with that? Stil he does the same moves, playing the same songs and shouting the same things...well, for a number of fans like me it can seem boring. But let's not forget it's a performance and the vast majority of the crowd see him only once. So yeah, it works and it works really good.

The great thing about the Bologna gig was after the show...where I had the opportunity to meet, just for a few minutes but for the very first time and after years of online communication, some great devotees from the US, Canada, Holland the UK. Now, add to that group of people the number of italian friends I met and spent time with, you can get how intense the whole thing was for me. 

"And I thank you, for bringing me here..."

That's it...the Italian loyalty pays off with five extra winter gigs: i'll be there for the first Turin gig on December 9th. And i'm so looking forward to it. 

Keep the Global Spirit going fellow devotees.
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ABBA’s Gold

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It's been a year since Abba released their first songs since 1982 and almost ten months since the release of their first album in 38 years. Excitement was high for the return of the legendary pop group, especially with the overall perception that there was no chance of a reunion. And yet, there was a…
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Olivia Newton-John 1948-2022 

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I didn't like Grease. I didn't like Xanadu. The soundtracks sounded cheesy to me. To a large extent that particular era, especially in American pop, was full of simplistic songs about love and romance. But I liked Olivia Newton-John. She had it all. Gorgeous, classy, great voice, stage presence… elements that she managed to maintain…
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«I Had to Phone Someone, so I Picked on You…»

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Ten years ago today I attended the Duran Duran show in Thessaloniki in the northern part of Greece. Good show, back for the encore… and before the "usuals" Girls on Film and Rio, Simon Le Bon referred to this day as very important for music… it was the 40th anniversary of David Bowie's Starman performance…
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The Summer of ’82

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"The first summer I remember is the summer of 1982. I was 7.5 years old, spending carefree holidays in the countryside and watching the 1982 World Cup. Yes, at such a young age I couldn’t have an opinion on the music of the time but growing up and discovering how important that summer was for pop music, I connected it to some extent with that first summer that I remember so well."

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Vangelis 1943-2022

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After my "move" from Scoop to WordPress, the first post I made was for Vangelis' 75th birthday. Four years and a few days later, I'm here to write just a little bit about what Vangelis meant to electronic music, arts and science, as a small tribute to the man who passed away last Tuesday night,…
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From Survival Mode to Ultra

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"If they could survive Vince leaning, they could survive Alan leaving. Although that's not to diminish his (Alan's) contribution at all, but when Vince left that was like the leader of the band and the songwriter left in one go. And Alan was a hugely important part of it, but he wasn't the songwriter and…
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Did Don’t You really kill Simple Minds?

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On this day in 1985 the Breakfast Club soundtrack was released, and of course, every time we refer to this soundtrack and/or the movie, our minds immediately go to Simple Minds' Don't You Forget About Me. This song, written by Keith Forsey and not by Simple Minds, is one of the biggest hits ever to…
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«My Secret Garden»: Depeche Mode’s Instrumentals

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Lately, I've been listening to a lot of Bowie's All Saints, a compilation album from 2001 with most of the instrumentals he recorded, including everything from the Berlin Trilogy. Influenced by this constant listening, I decided to make a Spotify list of the instrumentals Depeche Mode have recorded throughout their career. And while the instrumentals…
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The Importance of Hunky Dory

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It's strange how history is written not only at the moment it happens but also as things unfold and how that initial moment takes on a different and certainly more important meaning. In that sense, assuming that David Bowie hadn't made Ziggy just six months after Hunky Dory, then the significance of the latter would…
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«A Documentary about the Documentary»: Get Back Review

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"There's a lot of good stuff that we shot in the documentary, but there's no story yet", says director Michael Lindsay-Hogg to The Beatles when they're discussing the possibility of a concert on Apple's roof. 15 months later it is not the documentary that will tell the story, but the point in time at which…
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Achtung Baby’s is U2’s finest moment

Achtung Baby’s is U2’s finest moment | PopMart 1.0 | Scoop.it
'The sound of four men chopping down The Joshua Tree': That's how Bono described Achtung Baby when it was released and I think that statement encapsulates the greatness of this album. Sonically, U2 leave behind their worship of the American music scene and turn to the industrial sound of the alternative scene that has now…
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Velvet Underground by Todd Haynes: A different doc for a different band

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So it would be a safe way for any director to emphasize the importance of Velvet Underground in pop culture by presenting, among other things, a series of artists and albums who grew up with their music and developed their styles by having The Velvet Underground as a key element of inspiration. In the Todd…

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Art vs Pornography: About the Nevermind Lawsuit… | PopMart 2.0

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The news that Spencer Elden has sued Nirvana and their associates over the Nevermind front cover opened, among other things, again the question about the boundaries of art and political correctness in modern times. I have read a number of views on the subject and I found the one by Greek writer Hilda Papadimitriou as…
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Coming Up: Halo – The Story About Violator

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On this day in 1989 Depeche Mode's journey to world domination was about to begin with the release of the iconic Personal Jesus, a song completely different from anything the band had done up to that point, and one that would send a clear message to everyone that the album, for which we would wait…
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Moderat live in Athens, 16 June 2022

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I've mentioned before how important the Theater of Herodes Atticus. I have also mentioned the limitations that this particular venue has because of its history and cultural significance. And the previous times I have been there I have seen artists who, more or less, fit the venue with their music and stage presence. Under these…
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Pet Shop Boys live in Athens, 30 June 2022

Pet Shop Boys live in Athens, 30 June 2022 | PopMart 1.0 | Scoop.it
My first live show after almost 11 months, Pet Shop Boys at Athens Release Festival. I can't say I feel comfortable in a crowd, especially now that we're in the midst of another covid wave, but I decided to come down at the last minute, stay at the back, mask on and see one of…
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For Fletch

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Every time a music star dies, many people will post a familiar song with a RIP comment, some articles referring to their greatness and a reminder that their contribution will live on forever. That's what I do with so many important musicians who have passed away in recent years. But there are also the people…
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Happy 60 to one of the best frontmen ever: David Gahan

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I've written so many times about the uniqueness of Depeche Mode that I'm sure I'm sounding repetitive to some. If I had to sum it up somehow, I'd use a quote from my piece about the band's induction at the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame: Not a mainstream act whatsoever, Depeche Mode have become…
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U2’s Pop wasn’t Rock enough

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I remember it well at the time. There was worldwide anticipation for U2's next album, especially after the triumph of Achtung Baby and the Zoo TV Tour. In between, we had been given the wonderful, though acoustically very close to Achtung Baby, "Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me Kill Me" from the Batman Forever soundtrack.…
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About After Life’s wonderful soundtrack

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After Life is a masterpiece by Ricky Gervais. Over its three seasons, we see the main character Tony lost in his mourning about his wife's death to cancer and the struggle he makes with the help of his friends to cope with the constant pain he feels. I won't go any further into how much…

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2021 in Memoriam: Musicians we lost this year

2021 in Memoriam: Musicians we lost this year | PopMart 1.0 | Scoop.it

Another year is about to enter, and it's that day that I'm used to making a post about some of the musicians that passed away during the year that is about to end.

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A-ha: The Review

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It's the era of music documentaries and in fact, we've seen some very important ones lately, like Get Back and the Velvet Underground. Two completely different bands, yet they have marked music and culture from completely different angles. So what place can a documentary about…A-ha have among these films? That's exactly what A-ha: The Movie…
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Mick Rock & That Bowie Photo…

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June 17th, 1972: During the concert at Oxford's Town Hallo, David Bowie kneels in front of Mick Ronson's guitar and performs, for the very first time, his mock fellatio on him during Suffrogate City. Mick Rock, who by then is the official Ziggy Stardust photographer, manages to catch it on film and history is made.…
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Imposter’s a dull affair

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Since the release of his first solo album "Paper Monsters", Dave Gahan has made it clear that his work outside of Depeche Mode will be something different: more rock, more garage, more gospel, more soul etc. The difference became even more distinct once Gahan began working with The Soulsavers: what we hear, and is signed…
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«That Song Isn’t Mine Anymore»: Top-10 Fav Cover Songs

«That Song Isn’t Mine Anymore»: Top-10 Fav Cover Songs | PopMart 1.0 | Scoop.it
A while ago Consequence of Sound asked its Facebook readers to state which cover songs are better than the originals. I found that question very interesting, simply because this is what you really want from a cover song, to push their original limits of creativity to new horizons and create something fresh that might come…
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