DEPECHE MODE ROCKS LOLLAPALOOZA 2009
Lollapalooza has invaded Chicago. Over a hundred thousand people have invaded Grant Park for the annual festival which hosted over 160 bands this year. The festival has two large stages for the headliners and several smaller stages where additional acts can perform. A rainstorm on Friday quickly turned the sod into a woodstock like mud. Several of the intoxicated attendees were rendered immobile and fell into the muddy fields. Fortunately, the south stage wasn’t too bad and the rain had left by the Depeche Mode took the stage.
While many of the groups had very mediocre sound due to very modest sound reinforcement, (only 2 delay stacks on the north stage, WTF?) DM’s sound was impeccable. There were one supporting synth player plus Fletcher, Martin Gore and David Gehan. The drums were live – don’t know who he was but he was an excellent player. The group rolled through some classics like Taking a Ride with my best friend and Policy of Truth. “Precious” was outstanding with an cool guitar interlude from Gore.
The set lasted about an a little over an hour. The current US tour for DM ends on the west coast in September.