Try Walking in My Shoes (Depeche Mode at Madison Square Garden)

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I went to see Depeche Mode last night at Madison Square Garden. I was a big fan in the 80's but missed the tour I had tickets for because I broke my arm a few days before it. After waiting 23 years later I got to see them. I was impressed that they sold out MSG for two nights. It appears they are more popular now than they were when they were popular!

Before the concert, we met Elizabeth and Peter for drinks at Stout on 33rd St. The bar was packed and had a dozen TV screens playing Depeche Mode concerts. That was a great warmup before the show, while we enjoyed a few pints of Stella from one of the 20+ taps at the bar.

The band skipped some of my favorites (Blasphemous Rumors, Question of Lust, Black Celebration, Dressed in Black), but they did do some great old ones (Strangelove, It's No Good, Stripped, Walking in My Shoes, Master and Servant, Personal Jesus).  I was amazed that they sounded every bit as good as they did when they recorded these songs - some two decades ago. It's such a great experience going to concerts with people who really enjoy the music. The loud trance-inducing synth-pop melodies in a hot, dark arena, surrounded by thousands of other fans made for an excellent evening. 

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