Ultra release party article
Addicted To Noise staff writer Gil Kaufman reports: Will they
or won't they? That's the question on every Depeche Mode fans'
pouty lips these days. The answer is yes...and no. The group,
whose lead singer, Dave Gahan, fought a very public battle with
drugs last year, had killed all tour plans to promote their new
record, Ultra (April 15) for fear the road to temptation was too
well paved for Gahan to handle. But ATN got exclusive word
yesterday that DM will in fact be playing a select trio of shows
in the UK and U.S.
The first show will be an invitation-only private launch party
on April 10 in London whose guest list will be padded with
friends, some fans and radio contest winners. Two similar shows
will take place in the U.S. in mid-May in New York and Los
Angeles, their first shows on Yankee soil in over four years.
The three core members of the band (Gahan, Andy Fletcher and
Martin Gore) will likely play five or six songs at each event,
including several from the new album, with a session drummer
filling in for departed member Alan Wilder. A few members of
Ultra producer Tim Simenon's production team may also lend some
keyboard support for the events. The source swore that these
would be the only live performances in support of this album.
It has not yet been determined if the shows will be simulcast
or web cast. For those hard-core Mode-o-philes out there, our
mole also said to be on the lookout for a hidden instrumental
sequel to the "Barrel of a Gun" single b-side
"Painkiller," called "Jr. Painkiller," buried
somewhere on the new CD.
noise, April, 3rd 1997