1981-07-29 Bridge House, London, England, UK

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Depeche Mode played a secret gig on this date. They were advertised as "MODEPECHE RETURN: Dreaming: Of a: New Life" in an NME advert. On The Bridge House E16 website's diary section, DM are listed as "Dreaming of a new Life". You can read photographer Tim Williams' recollection of this night here. Voice of Reason was the support act.

Dave Gahan recounted to the NME in early August 1981 a strange conversation happening at a 'home gig', which is most likely to have taken place on this night:

"There was this bloke come to see us the other day and he said to me after the show – I think it’s really bad the way you have all your friends in the audience talking to you and that, and then we’re all over here and you don’t react to us. I said well what do you mean? He said: I think it’s really bad that you have like all your friends in the changing room. I said well what do you want me to say c’mon all the audience into the changing room. He said – well have you got lots of friends? I said well I’ve got a few. He said – well I haven’t got any. Well pity you mate! Isn’t that a friend, a guy who was with him. He said – yeah he’s a friend, but not a friend like that. It was really weird! I couldn’t be bothered talking to him. He thought that we should be like Gary Numan and have the distant lonely look and image. Because we play synthesisers and we’re supposed to look strange at people, and not smile. The bloke didn’t like the way I smiled at people!!"

It is assumed that the Summer 1981 Intro was performed at this concert due to the date of its occurrence; you can read more information about this intro on its page.

Set list

  1. Summer 1981 Intro
  2. Television Set
  3. Boys Say Go!
  4. New Life
  5. Puppets
  6. Ice Machine
  7. Big Muff
  8. Just Can't Get Enough
  9. What's Your Name?
  10. Tora! Tora! Tora!
  11. Photographic
  12. The Price Of Love
  13. Dreaming Of Me