This Saturday night I went to my first cover band show and I would have to say it was most interesting. The band was a Depeche Mode cover band called Blasphemous Rumours from LA. My friend from work mentioned that they were playing in my neck of the woods and I decided why not, I have no life and they were less than a mile a way.
10pm rolled around and my wife and I decided to get off the couch and see what the hoopla was all about. We got to the place and waited for an hour and the band finally made it to the stage. I think the place was having sound difficulties or what not and they were running behind. It was definitely a interesting mix of people that’s for sure. Oh, let me just start off and say it was in Riverside so you know where this is going. First off, Bros don’t mix with Depeche Mode. It’s like water and oil, it just doesn’t mix. You have a group of muscle bros with their flat bills and cool (fill in blank) t-shirts just looking utterly out of place. I don’t know, you think they would have a better time at a bar that plays Disturbed or something. The rest of the people were either regular dress adults, college kids, goths, all black dress people, creepy old men, and old men with their old girlfriends who look like they should be listening to Lynyrd Skynyrd. Now you know why I said it was an interesting night.
The band actually did a pretty good job covering Depeche Mode. There were all dress like the 3 band members except one of the members looked more like Alan Wilder than Andy Fletcher. I felt sorry for the the guy who dressed like Martin Gore, man those were some uncomfortable short, shorts. Maybe he’s used to them by now. The singer had all the David Gahan moves down especially the microphone twirl that Gahan does at every concert. They played everything from Photographic (I take pictures…) to the poplular Enjoy the Silence. Their set was about and hour and a half, so they played the gamut.
Overall it was fun, but like my wife and I were discussing, we enjoyed hearing the songs; however, we couldn’t get too excited because it wasn’t like a real Depeche Mode Concert. I think we just didn’t know what to take from the situation. Maybe we’re getting old or something.
I do give credit to Blasphemous Rumours though, they do cover many of Depeche Mode’s songs well. On a side note Depeche Mode is working on their next studio album and are preparing for the “Tour of the Universe” in 2009.
Here’s a video of one of my favorite Depeche Mode songs that they didn’t play.