Depeche Mode at Rose Bowl

Tuesday marks the 25th anniversary of Depeche Mode’s iconic “Concert For the Masses,” a daylong show at the 100,000-seat Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., that also featured performances by Wire, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and Thomas Dolby — and was, of course, filmed and recorded for the 101 live album and concert documentary.

To mark the milestone, Depeche Mode today debuted on its website an 18-minute reel of rare behind-the-scenes footage from the massive production compiled by webmaster Daniel Barassi. As you can see, it includes the announcement of the concert, interviews with band members, DM performance footage and clips from OMD’s and Dolby’s opening sets — and lots of KROQ’s Richard Blade.

Check it out:




A Concert For The Masses
June 18th, 1988

For the 101st show of the Music For The Masses Tour, the band played a special stadium show at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. Coinciding with the 10th anniversary of KROQ FM (a long time supporter of the band), the all-day concert featured Wire, Thomas Dolby and O.M.D. as the opening acts.

The Depeche Mode portion of this legendary show was recorded, both audio (the “101” album) and video (the D.A. Pennebaker directed “101” documentary film).

Pulled from some very rare audio and video sources, we present a small look back at the day of June 18th, 1988.

“Good evening, Pasadena!”

Thanks to our friends at the DMTV Archives for letting us use some of their clips.

“101” (audio) is available from Amazon (UK & US) and iTunes (UK & US). “101” the film is available from Amazon (UK & US).






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