Saturday, August 15, 2009

Depeche Mode in Milan 2009
Never Let Me Down
Let me see those fucking hands!

I said:


Why I go to concerts.
Why I love Depeche Mode!


Freddie Mercury v Martin Gore

Boxing Day.

Just ONE take!

I'll let you know!

Front row, center.
The New Haven Coliseum 1977
Freddie Mercury & Queen

Although this was from the same tour.
Earl's Court, London.
06 June 1977

THIS is Freddie at his best, 1977. What energy!

Freddie made, and makes, Grace seem like she's standing still.
Either way, they are great bookends.
I can't imagine a concert with both of them.
Ahhh, but to dream!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Depeche Mode
Cancels 33% of Tour!
Next victim: San Diego

Think about it:

Depeche Mode has cancelled, to date, 14 shows out of 42 scheduled shows.

That's 33% of the tour, exactly.

And people wondered if Michael Jackson would have been able to perform 50 shows.

Please. This is so WRONG.

District 9.

A brilliant film, taut with suspense, and an amazing piece of computer-generated art.

Sadly, there's a strong undercurrent on how society treats the "unwanted."

Left wide open for a sequel, if not a franchise.

Michael Vick v A Tortured Dog

Michael Vick shot, drowned, tortured, and, basically,
did the worst things imaginable to dogs.

So he did his stint in prison.

does NOT deserve a second chance at playing pro ball.

A dog which was shot or drowned doesn't get a second chance.

And the dogs which died were the lucky ones.


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Cancellations of the Universe!
Depeche Mode Cancels...Again!



(August 11, 2009) Depeche Mode has been forced to cancel their scheduled appearance on Wednesday, August 12th at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California due to doctor's orders that lead singer Dave Gahan be on complete vocal rest for 48 hours. Because of their busy schedule, a new Bay Area date will not be rescheduled this year.

"San Francisco is one of the most important cities to the band and we are devastated that we have been forced to cancel this date," said Dave Gahan. "We hope to be back soon to play for all of our fans in the area."

Refunds will be issued at the point of purchase.


Due to the logistics of the recently rescheduled European dates, Depeche Mode regret that the shows scheduled for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Sao Paulo, Brazil will not be taking place.

Depeche Mode wishes to sincerely apologize to their Brazilian fans for this news.


Depeche Mode regret to announce that the following performances will be cancelled due to a calf muscle tear Dave Gahan suffered during the band's show in Bilbao on July 9th.

* Saturday, July 11th at Super Bock Super Rock Festival in Porto

* Sunday, July 12th at Olympic Stadium, Sevilla

Dave Gahan has been instructed by doctors to stay off his injured leg in order for it to heal and to prevent any further injury. Dave will be unable to perform during this recovery period and he and the Band regret that they must cancel these final two shows of their European tour.

Depeche Mode apologize to their fans for these cancellations.

Please see the following information regarding ticket refunds for these two shows.

All ticket buyers have the following options:
Total refund - they will have to bring their ticket intact to where it was purchased and full refund will be given. This will be valid from Monday onwards and for a period of 60 days.

Super Bock Super Rock Lisbon - all purchasers can exchange their ticket for a ticket for Super Bock Super Rock in Lisbon.

Super Bock Super Rock Porto - the festival will go ahead with the remainder bands and with the addition of Xutos & Pontap├ęs and The Gift. Everyone who goes to Super Bock Super Rock in Porto will be able to also attend Super Bock Super Rock in Lisbon if they desire.


Depeche Mode Tour of the Universe - Update


Due to the rescheduling of a number of postponed dates, it is unfortunately not possible to keep the concert planned for Graz Messehalle on 4th December 2009 in the schedule, and regretfully, this show is now cancelled.

Ticketholders should return their tickets to point of purchase for a refund. Austrian fans are reassured that the concert at Vienna Stadthalle on Thursday 3rd December will definitely be going ahead as planned.


To all our fans who held tickets to the recently cancelled shows,

We want to express our deep and heartfelt apology for having to cancel these shows and want to also provide a bit of explanation for why we are not able to replay these dates. We do not take cancelling shows lightly and understand your disappointment and frustration with the cancellations - we are disappointed as well.

After our successful Eastern and Southern European shows in 2006, we were excited to return to some of our favorite cities and to meet our devoted fans in new cities where we had never played. Once we realized we would not be able play the dates as originally scheduled, we started looking at all possible rescheduling options with our manager and booking agent. The delays in getting information to all of you during this period were due to our strong desire to fully explore all options, and the logistical difficulties of rescheduling shows on a tour of this size. All of this was made more difficult by the fact that the majority of the shows we were unable to play were stadiums, which meant that we could only replay the dates during the summer. As many of you are aware, we had already scheduled dates in North and South America following our current European tour, so our summer schedule is completely full. Unfortunately, in the end, we were only able to reschedule our missed shows that were to be played in indoor venues, as we could postpone these until our winter European tour leg. Although we were unable to reschedule the shows in Athens, Istanbul, Bucharest, Sofia, Belgrade, Warsaw, Riga and Vilnius, we will make it our priority to come back to these cities in the near future.

Again, we want to say thank you for your patience, understanding and support during this period. We apologize sincerely for not being able to perform for you as originally planned.

-Martin, Andy and Dave



Depeche Mode resumed their 'Tour of the Universe' on Monday June 8th in Leipzig, Germany following singer Dave Gahan's recent illness. They followed up their return with a spectacular 65,000 sell out success in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium on June 10th, and their European summer tour will now continue as per the original schedule.

Unfortunately, Depeche Mode are not able to reschedule 8 of the cancelled shows due to scheduling conflicts. Despite efforts to find a window in which to reschedule these dates, it has proven unfeasible to do so.

The eight cancelled shows are:

May 12th - Athens Terra Vibe
May 14th - Istanbul Santral Istanbul
May 16th - Bucharest Parc Izvor
May 18th - Sofia Vasil Levski Stadium
May 20th - Belgrade USCE Park
May 23rd - Warsaw Gwardia Stadium
May 25th - Riga Skonto Stadium
May 27th - Vilnius Zalgirio Stadionas

Ticket holders should return their tickets to the point of purchase for a refund.



Depeche Mode are pleased to announce they will restart their interrupted Tour Of The Universe in Leipzig, Germany on June 8th. On May 12th, lead singer Dave Gahan suffered a severe bout of gastroenteritis, leading to his hospitalization and the cancellation of the Athens concert. While in hospital, further medical tests revealed a low-grade malignant tumour in Dave's bladder, which has since been successfully removed. At doctors' orders Dave Gahan must take a break until June 8th, to ensure that he makes a full recovery. The Leipzig show on June 8th will be the first concert following Dave's recovery.

Dave Gahan sincerely thanks his fans for their support, understanding and patience. Depeche Mode deeply regret any problems or inconveniences the cancellations and postponements may have caused.


May 31st
Depeche Mode's performance at the Pinkpop Festival in Landgraaf is cancelled.

June 7th & 8th
Regrettably, the June 7th show in Leipzig must be cancelled due to doctors' orders, however the June 8th show will occur as planned. Tickets for the cancelled June 7th show may be exchanged for tickets to either the June 8th show in Leipzig or the June 10th show in Berlin (availability permitting) at the relevant box office.

Ticket holders for the previously cancelled shows listed below are encouraged to hold on to their tickets pending a further statement. Every effort continues to be made to reschedule these shows and more time is needed to resolve venue availability and routing. A final decision is expected early next week, at which time a statement will be made with regards to either a rescheduled date or final cancellation.
May 12th ATHENS Terra Vibe
May 14th ISTANBUL Santral Istanbul
May 16th BUCHAREST Parc Izvor
May 18th SOFIA Vasil Levski
May 21st ZAGREB Arena
May 23rd WARSAW Gwardia Stadium
May 25th RIGA Skonto Stadium
May 27th VILNIUS Zalgirio Stadionas



Depeche Mode regret to announce that they are forced to cancel a further three shows on their "Tour of the Universe". Doctors have advised that more time is needed to allow singer, Dave Gahan, to fully recover from his recent illness and ensure that the tour can resume shortly.

Depeche Mode apologise to all their fans for this inconvenience and wish Dave a speedy recovery.

The following additional shows have been cancelled:

Sat 23 - Warsaw, Poland, Gwardia Stadium
Mon 25 - Riga, Latvia, Skonto Stadium
Wed 27 - Vilnius, Lithuania, Zalgiris Stadium



Depeche Mode have been forced to cancel a further four shows on their Sounds of the Universe tour due to further complications from singer Dave Gahan's severe bout of gastroenteritis. Dave is currently undergoing further tests.

Depeche Mode apologise to all their fans for this inconvenience and wish Dave a speedy recovery. Further information will be released in due course.

The following shows have been cancelled:

May 16th Bucharest, Romania, Izvor Park
May 18th Sofia, Bulgaria, Vasil Levski Stadium
May 20th Belgrade, Serbia, USCE Park
May 21st Zagreb, Croatia, Arena



Depeche Mode have been forced to cancel two shows on their 'Sounds of the Universe' tour, yesterday's show in Athens (May 12) and tomorrow's show in Istanbul (May 14), due to the illness of singer Dave Gahan.

Dave fell ill with a severe bout of gastroenteritis shortly before he was due onstage in Athens which resulted in his immediate hospitalization. At this stage, Dave's primary concern is to return to full health and resume the tour as soon as possible.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver Dies!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Leave your phone at the door!

Saw VI
A Motion Poster

For the full effect of this "motion" poster, click here.

I want to play a game...

See Saw?

Saw VI
Circle Jerk?

A Timeline leading to The Summer of 1969
Presented by CNN

April 23 | Sirhan Sirhan sentenced
Sirhan Sirhan, convicted of murdering New York Sen. Robert F. Kennedy

May 18 | Apollo 10
The Apollo 10 mission is a dress rehearsal for the lunar landing module. It also transmitted the first color pictures of Earth from space.

May 23 | The Who releases "Tommy"
The Who, a key band of the 1960s British Invasion, releases the rock opera "Tommy."

May 24 | Beatles' "Get Back" is No. 1
"Get Back" by the Beatles becomes the top song on Billboard's list and stays there for five weeks. Released as a single, the song later appeared on the "Let it be" album. "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine in" by the Fifth Dimension was the second song on the list for that week.

May 25 | "Midnight Cowboy" released
John Schlesinger's "Midnight Cowboy," starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman, is released with an X rating, the first ever in wide release. The film received seven Academy Award nominations and won three, including best picture.

June 3 | Last episode of 'Star Trek' airs
The last episode of the original "Star Trek" airs on NBC.

June 8 | Nixon and Vietnam
President Nixon, after being elected on a campaign pledge to pull troops out of Southeast Asia, announces the withdrawal of 25,000 U.S. troops from Vietnam.

June 9 / June 23 | Burger becomes chief justice
Appointed by President Nixon, Warren Burger is confirmed as the chief justice of the Supreme Court on June 9, succeeding Earl Warren. Two weeks later, he is sworn in. In 1973, Burger votes with the majority in the landmark Roe v. Wade case, establishing a woman's right to an abortion.

June 28 | Stonewall riots
A confrontation between gay rights activists and police outside the Stonewall Inn -- a gay bar in Greenwich Village, New York City -- escalates into a riot.

July 25 | Sen. Kennedy and Chappaquiddick
Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy receives a two-month suspended prison sentence after pleading guilty to leaving the scene of a fatal accident. Mary Jo Kopechne, once a campaign worker for Sen. Robert Kennedy, drowned in the July 18 accident in Chappaquiddick, Massachusetts.

July 20 | Moon landing
Apollo 11, carrying three U.S. astronauts, lands on the moon. Mission commander Neil Armstrong was the first man on the moon; crewmate Buzz Aldrin also walked on the moon. The third man on the mission was Michael Collins.

August 9-10 | The Manson murders
During a two-night rampage, pregnant actress Sharon Tate and seven others are killed by Charles Manson and his "Family."

August 14 | British troops sent to Northern Ireland
More than 300 British troops are ordered into a Londonderry neighborhood in Northern Ireland after three nights of clashes between police and Catholic residents. The troops were supposed to stay for days, but the conflict lasted decades. The number of British troops stationed in Northern Ireland peaked at 30,000 in the early 1970s.

August 15-18 | Woodstock
Nearly 400,000 people show up at a farm in Bethel, New York, for a music festival that features legendary acts Jimi Hendrix, the Who, the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and Sly and the Family Stone.

August 17 | Hurricane Camille
More than 250 people are killed in Mississippi and Louisiana when Hurricane Camille strikes the United States mainland. At its peak, Camille was a Category 5 storm, packing winds stronger than 200 mph and leaving tides measuring higher than 20 feet in its wake.


Sunday, August 09, 2009

The Summer of 1969

  • June 27-28:
  • Stonewall riots

  • July 20:
  • Apollo 11 lands on the moon

  • August 9-10:
  • Killings by Manson Family

  • August 15-18:
  • Woodstock music festival