Bratislava concert of Depeche Mode unstoppable despite rain

The stop in the Slovak capital of the famous band was part of their Global Spirit Tour, promoting the latest album.

Depeche Mode in concert in BratislavaDepeche Mode in concert in Bratislava (Source: Sme - Jozef Jakubčo)

On their fifth visit to Bratislava, Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher of Depeche Mode opened at the packed Pasienky stadium with the song Going Backwards from their Spirit album. Just as during their gig in 2009, heavy rain started to pour.

SkryťRemove ad
Article continues after video advertisement
SkryťRemove ad
Article continues after video advertisement

Lead singer Dave Gahan called on people to leave the place, the Sme daily wrote, as a hurricane was coming – but as it was a joke, not many people obliged. Eight years ago, the rain did not spoil the party, either, despite it being impossible to hide from the pouring water in an open place.

The concert had several strong moments, like the political ideas of the recent album stressed by the overture, the song Revolution by Beatles, or sophisticated use of light effects – rather stressing a different visual atmosphere for every piece, with some even having their own video.

Most Depeche Mode songs were written by the guitarist, Martin Gore. He even sings several ballads himself, which usually means a tender break in a programme full of dark rock and electronics. This time, the downpour culminated when he sang one of them, Home.

Back in 1980, Gahan was noticed by Vince Clarke while singing David Bowie's song Heroes, and invited to a new band. Heroes was among the last songs of the Bratislava concert, with a black flag flying on a screen behind the band, commemorating the deceased author of this song, Sme wrote, who is one of Gahan's own heroes.

SkryťRemove ad

Despite Gore having written most Depeche Mode hits, there is no doubt who is the band’s leader: Gahan again let his charisma play, and he made the crowd sing the chorus of Enjoy the Silence shortly before parting.

Top stories

Illustrative stock photo

It's not just whales and pandas that need saving, Slovak researchers stress

How far has science come in Slovakia in the 30 years since the end of Czechoslovakia?


8 h
Aaron King in the grounds of the Cambridge International School in Bratislava with his family, wife Loredana, son Octavian and daughters Annabelle and Alexandra.

Getting young people to think outside the box

Embracing Slovak culture and society at Cambridge International School.


30. jan
Children's Commissioner Jozef Mikloško (r), speaking during a press conference.

News digest: Slovak children anxious over poverty and bad relationships

Municipalities plan a street-light protest, general prosecutor does not plan to run in presidential election. Learn more in today's news digest.


21 h
SkryťClose ad