Today marks the 22nd anniversary of the release of Depeche Mode’s classic, and still best-selling, Violator, and to mark the occasion we thought we’d dredge up this vintage news footage about the band’s infamous near-riot outside a Wherehouse record store in Los Angeles. The band staged a signing on the following day — March 20, 1990, the U.S. release date for Violator — and when thousands of fans showed up, mayhem ensued, as you can see in the 18 minutes of compiled news footage above.
Most of those fans, of course, never got anywhere near the band, and to make up for the disastrous appearance, DM later issued, through KROQ, a free promo cassette with an interview by Richard Blade and a remix of “Something to Do.”
Were you one of the Depeche Mode fans at the Wherehouse that night? Remember listening to the whole thing go down on KROQ? Share your memories in the comments below.
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