Good Evening Munich! (Depeche Mode live at the Olympiastadion Munich, 13 June 2009)


14 juin 2009, 12h36m

Sa., 13. Jun. – Depeche Mode - Tour of The Universe 2009

My personal position: It was my second Depeche Mode concert after the Berlin gig on the wednesday before. This time I had a seat in section A1 (~30-40m from the stage, on the left side of the stage) and now I know that I'm not going to buy a concert ticket for a seat anymore. Berlin was much more fun (I'd been in the standing area) although there were also enough idiots that didn't really participate (ok, in Berlin I was also accompanied by some people that wanted to celebrate :) ). But in Munich most people in my section were neither singing nor moving, most of them just stood there and did nothing (if at all) and I could also see many people in the standing area thinking that standing area means they're not allowed to move.

Before the concert: Anyway, the band dd their best although you could see that Dave wasn't 100% healthy (he just didn't move as much as seen on the DVDs), however, he was great nonetheless. They got on stage quite a few minutes earlier than in Berlin, a few minutes before 21:00 while the opening act M83, who weren't bad at all, had stopped playing about 40 minutes before (They needed to have finished earlier as usual because of the night flight ban in Munich after 00:00).

The concert itself:
The concert's intro was a mix of In Chains and Esque and was too calm in my opinion. They should've opened with a stronger and faster song as they did during Touring the Angel with A Pain That I'm Used To. It seemed to me that most people didn't know its lyrics. During Wrong the atmosphere got better but then worse again except for the refrains of the following songs. The versions of those weren't altered much compared to the album versions and older live versions respectively. Many people sat down during the songs sung by Martin (although Home, which was performed for the first time in the tour, had a new and better piano version than on the last tour) what was a shame in my eyes. Starting with Peace (with sounds much better when performed live) Christian Eigner's drums got more powerful and the audience got louder with the drums entering during track In Your Room which got an awesome new arrangement (first it's more like the album version and later more like the Zephyr Mix/single version). The intro of I Feel You was slightly altered compared to older live version (and it is better now). With the beginning of Enjoy the Silence most people started celebrating and singing more and the bassline of Never Let Me Down Again as used in the Split Mix, the Aggro Mix and several older live versions sounded great. Many people started too early with the famous "NLMDA-wave", many minutes before Dave signed us to do so (the interesting thing was that especially the people not moving and singing were too early).
After a few minutes break they came back on stage to perform the first encore, consiting of Stripped (which should've better been performed earlier in this concert), Master and Servant and Strangelove. Those two songs weren't performed since 1990 and sounded interesting with the new drums. The second break was a bit longer but not too long and during the break the atmosphere didn't get worse. I liked the new version of Personal Jesus. The concert ended with the beautiful bare version of Waiting for the Night und a few stars in the sky with Dave and Mart singing together on the catwalk.

Overall: Especially the drums made the concert to a great event although a smaller audience would have been better.

Unusual Events:
-Strange Sounds during Come Back (?)
-During Strangelove: First the sound dropped out for ~10 seconds and then the screens turned red for the rest of the song (censored?).

Setlist (changes compared to the Tel Aviv gig are bold):
Intro: Esque
01. In Chains
02. Wrong
03. Hole to Feed
04. Walking in My Shoes
05. It's No Good
06. A Question of Time
07. Precious
08. Fly On The Windscreen
09. Jezebel
10. Home
11. Come Back
12. Peace
13. In Your Room
14. I Feel You
15. Policy of Truth
16. Enjoy the Silence
17. Never Let Me Down Again
18. Stripped
19. Master and Servant
20. Strangelove
21. Personal Jesus
22. Waiting for the Night (Bare)

Videos (and pictures) to follow!



  • Final_Infinite

    yes, Strangelove was censored. Nice review.

    20 juin 2009, 23h02m
  • jornaune

    I was in section Z4, and there the problem was actually too much singing and dancing. The people around us was absolutely crazy, and it was fun to watch and hear them sing. I have been to two DM-concerts in Berlin. The sound was better in Berlin, but I think the crowd was better in Munich.

    22 juin 2009, 20h57m
  • Carbonfucked

    Remarkable review! You're lucky man! We're waitig for DM' live show in Moscow next year. :)

    26 août 2009, 16h16m
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