Dec 04

Review Depeche Mode tour of the Universe

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On November 30th I went to Ahoy Rotterdam to attend the latest concert tour of Depeche Mode. I’ve become a fan of the band in the early 80’s, at the time that synth-pop became popular for a very short time.

During all these years I kept interested in the band and kept buying the albums. I also bought several DVD’s from different tours, but until now never was able to attend a concert. The concert in Rotterdam was the only concert schedules in the Netherlands during the tour. Why? Is it because Depeche Mode isn’t that popular (anymore) in the Netherlands? That can’t be it, ’cause the venue (Ahoy) was sold out within one day.

What about the concert? Was it any good? Yes it was, I say. To begin with, the sound quality was good, so that was a good start. Furthermore the public was enthusiastic which always has a positive influence on the bands performance. And last, but not least, Depeche Mode played superb! The quality of DM concerts always depends on the main members of the band, lead-singer David Gahan and guitarist Martin Gore. Both were in excellent form on monday night. We all saw a very entertaining performance of the band. Music, lighting and the videowall were perfectly in sync. As a bonus for me the band not only played songs from their lastest album, but many more from the past.

Rate: 9 out of 10




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May 29

Review Jean Michel Jarre concert HMH

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On may 26th I went to a Jean Michel Jarre concert in the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam. This concert was the 15th in row of his World Arena Tour, which started in Budapest on may 4th and will continue untill next year.

This was the second time I saw Jarre live. The first time was in 1997 in Ahoy Rotterdam during the Oxygene tour. Jarre only performed for about 55 minutes then, so my expectations were a bit higher this time. And what a performance it was! He played 2 stints of 50 minutes each and an encore of 2 songs. The music was loud and perfect, the lighting and lasershow amazing. Quiet an experience and much much better than the first concert I saw. There was only one thing I liked less: the organisation thought it would be best to place seats in the Hall and everyone was supposed to sit and stay put. I’d rather been standing during the performance and move to the music.

It was money well spend and worth the journey to Amsterdam and back.


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