The Depeche Mode promo juggernaut continued Friday night with the band performing a tiny club gig at The Troubadour in Los Angeles to a crowd of about 400 KROQ contest winners and assorted celebs and VIPs — and then proceeding to stun fans with the first-ever live performance of 1986 B-side turned single “But Not Tonight.”
Sung by Martin L. Gore midway through Friday night’s 10-song set, “But Not Tonight” has never been a favorite of the band, a song song that famously was crammed onto Black Celebration by DM’s American record label and promoted to A-side in the U.S. over “Stripped” to promote the movie soundtrack it also appeared on. Nevertheless, it’s long been a fan favorite.
The performance of “But Not Tonight” also marks the first pre-1990 material played by Depeche Mode during its recent promotional concerts. The band’s full Delta Machine world tour kicks off May 4 in France.
UPDATE: Check out better-quality video of DM’s debut of “But Not Tonight” above via Yo Dre. You can also watch slightly more complete footage of the performance below, courtesy of Blake Kuehn — plus, revisit the original soundtrack video below as well.
Setlist: Depeche Mode, The Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA, 4/26/13
2. “Should Be Higher”
3. “Walking In My Shoes”
4. “Barrel of a Gun”
6. “But Not Tonight”
7. “Personal Jesus”
8. “Soft Touch / Raw Nerve”
9. “Soothe My Soul”
10. “Enjoy the Silence”
Depeche Mode, “But Not Tonight” at the Troubadour
Depeche Mode, “But Not Tonight” (original video)
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