I think the best testiment to a band’s importance in any music scene is how many different age groups their music can touch. When someone in their mid 20s can say that Depeche Mode impacted their youth, and then someone in their mid 30s says the same thing, and again in their mid 40s (and so on)… you know the band’s music can move people.
That being said, for whatever reason (and I have tried and tried), I am not a fan of Depeche Mode’s music. I never had that connection. However, as a photographer, I can easily say that frontmant Dave Gahan is one amazing frontman. Expressive, always moving and he just seems perfectly at ease in the randomness of his actions. The charisma the man has is intense, and the fans totally love it.
We were told our access was stage right only.
**quick note here, as it is often confusing. Stage right means on the right side of the stage as seen by the performer. It is a term first coined in theatre to help direct actors on stage. If you are in the audience looking at the stage, stage right means your left. **
Typically when told one side of the stage, that means there is an entire side that no one is allowed for whatever reason (cameras, security, artist goes into the crowd there and wants easier access,…). However, tonight, while there was a catwalk going into the crowd, it was mainly off to the side. So in essence, our access was the entire front of the stage! A real treat for a show like this.
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