Night With Martin L. Gore - The Astoria, London, 2.
- by Catgirl -
It all started out back
Before we (my boyfriend and I) were leaving for London
I was checking out pollstar.com
to see if there would be any cool acts playing in London
during our stay. Among those listed were Children of
Bodom (or Children of Boredom as we subsequently called
them at the Inferno Festival) and Vader (another Inferno
band). None of these were too interesting concidering
they had played at Inferno two weeks earlier. Others
were: Craig David, t.A.T.u., Hot Hot Heat, Kid Koala,
The Vines, Huey Lewis and the News etc. etc. Not really
my cup of tea.
Further down the list I found something more interesting
- Martin Gore were to play at the London
Astoria on Friday 2. May. What a treat! Earlier
the same week I'd received a mail from a friend telling
me he wished he'd been to the MG concert in Sweden.
Along with the mail came a link to a review from that
very concert - praising Gore's perfomance skyhigh.
We arrived in London on Wednesday night and decided
to try get hold of tickets first thing on Thursday.
After a rather late breakfast at a small cafè right
behind Harrods, we went down to the Astoria and simply
bought two tickets. They only had a few left, so I guess
we were lucky. The tickets cost us no more than £ 17
each. Not bad at all. So with our tickets secured we
happily went on exploring London. We ended up getting
"rather intoxicated" at a great alternative pub in Soho
Intrepid Fox", and later on at an alternative clubnight
at "Borderline" - also in Soho. None of us remember
anything from the taxi ride home. Shhh..Don't tell my
Friday morning - headache and no English Breakfast.
We finally got up and about at 13.00. The Astoria opened
at 19.30 and the concert started some time after that.
Outside people were queueing up to be let in, and it
didn't seem that long. Not until we realized we were
in the wrong one. OUR queue actually went around the
entire block and we had to go to the end of it. Eventually
we got in - got seats - got beer.
After waiting for quite some time we could finally welcome
Martin Gore on stage. And talk about welcome. What a
crowd! The audience at the Astoria were head over heals
from the moment the band entered the scene. People were
clapping, cheering and screaming their heads off. I
wonder if a Norwegian audience could ever show that
much entusiasm. Now - back to the people ON stage. The
band was Martin Gore on vocal and occasionally guitar,
and two other guys I don't know who are (anyone?).
The two first songs ("In My Time Of Dying" and "Stardust")
were weak and staggering in their appear-ance. Gore's
vocal came out muffled and was lost in the rest of the
arrangement. I suddenly feared this would not be the
great concert I had anticipated after all. My bad! Someone
managed to do something right and the vocal was lifted
up where it belonged. Gore played one more song from
the "Counterfeit 2" - album before hitting us with some
Depeche Mode favorites. "Only When I Lose Myself"
and "Sweetest Perfection" were the first DM
tracks performed at the concert. The applause and cheering
hit the roof.
From that point on the concert was only getting better
and better for each song. Gore's various cover/remix
versions from the new album kept some of their original
sound, but they were very much Martin Gore's songs now.
Between two more songs from the album he once again
played a couple of Depeche Mode songs. And then it was
After endless applause and shouts for both "Martin Gore!"
and "we want more!" the band finally re-entered the
stage. I remember thinking when he started singing the
first song: "This reminds me very much of Nick Cave",
and shortly after I was singing along with the lyrics
realizing it was Nick Cave's "Loverman".
Three more Depeche Mode songs completedthe concert,
and it was plain beautiful! Gore did a brilliant version
of "Question of lust" that got everyone singing along,
smiling with tears in their eyes. And it was a happy
crowd that left the London Astoria that rainy night.
>> Check out complete setlist
>> Official Martin
Listen to mp3 from the show at Astoria (link to zipfile)
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