1982-01-20 Crocs, Rayleigh, Essex, England, UK
Andy Fletcher said to Stephen Dalton in 2001:
"Even when you make a lot of mistakes and think you've been terrible, they don't seem to care. They don't come up and say, 'Great gig' any more either. The music aspect has gone. At Crocs they didn't even clap for us to come back; [they] just stood and waited. All they want to do is watch you. We've become an event."
Jonathan Miller cites a review from the 'Bionic 'Barney's' Bumper Fun-Book' in his 'Stripped biography:
"Eventually Crocs was absolutely packed with people wanting to see Depeche Mode with their new member. The audience was surprisingly varied, ranging from the very normal to the very punk to the near naked! By the time that Depeche Mode came on at 11:30 everybody had almost forgotten they had come to see a band, and so they were given a lukewarm reception. The songs were played as well as ever, but the band did not look too happy or enthusiastic. The music had everybody dancing, but nobody seemed very bothered about an encore. All in all, the music was very good, but the atmosphere wasn't. The Basildon concert at Raquel's was far better."