Anniversary of Depeche Mode's Concert for the Masses

06/19/2013
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(Radio.com) Tuesday marked a historic day in Depeche Mode's career. Twenty five years ago, on June 18, 1988, the British synth-pop band played the 101st show of their Music For The Masses Tour to more than 65,000 fans at the famed Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. But this show proved to be more special than any of the 100 before it. This show would be dubbed the "Concert for the Masses," and go down as the band's most indelible performance.

Thanks to Depeche Mode fan site DM TV Archives, an 18-minute short film was assembled from television news and personal footage boasting several never-before-seen and behind-the-scenes clips from the day of the Rose Bowl concert, which you can watch here.

"This will be a very big occasion for us," said former member Alan Wilder in a pre-concert press conference (shown in the video). "Not only being the largest but also the most prestigious concert we've ever played as a headline act."

Interviewed just prior to taking the stage, Martin Gore, the band's chief songwriter admitted, "We're quite nervous. It's the biggest event… Biggest crowd we've ever played to." But it is the 101st show [on the tour]. We're quite rehearsed. We're quite ready for it."

According to keyboardist Andrew Fletcher, the band's biggest audience to date had been 40,000. The Rose Bowl audience would dwarf that number by at least 25,000. The show coincided with the 10th anniversary of Los Angeles alternative station KROQ (a Radio.com station), which had been a longtime Depeche Mode supporter. more on this story

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