1993-10-08 Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, LA, USA

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Notes

According to the official Songs Of Faith And Devotion Live release's artwork, One Caress from this concert appears on the album. There is currently no audience recording currently circulating from this date to confirm that.

According to Steve Lyon, who mixed SOFAD Live, One Caress used for that album was actually recorded on 1993-10-11 The Summit, Houston, TX, USA. Steve is quoted as saying:[1]

"Well for me I remember recording it in Houston and working on it there with the band, I had a dreadful cold I remember... then flying back to the UK to co-ordinate the SOFAD live album. Those are basically my recollections. I also remember recording it at Crystal Palace[2] with a small orchestra on stage but it wasn't very successful as the musicians removed the mics (bugs as they are called) placed on the instruments between soundcheck and the gig. The result was difficult, more on stage than the recording but they were badly out of tune."

Although Steve was nonspecific about which Houston concert, the first night has an audience recording and One Caress was not performed; thus, the second night must have had the performance of One Caress. Also, as such, this New Orleans concert may not have necessarily had a performance of One Caress.

According to setlist.fm's page for this concert as well as Jonathan Miller's book Stripped (see quote below), Dave suffered from a heart attack near the end of the set and the concert was cut short.

Less than halfway through the North American leg, during the New Orleans Lakefront Arena show of October 8, Dave Gahan allegedly suffered a heart attack. "It was during the last song," the singer recalled. "I literally couldn't hear anything, so I went off. Something was going on - I couldn't breathe, and the other guys were like, 'We've gotta do an encore!' So Martin and Alan decided to go back and do a song, and the only song they could do off-the-cuff was 'Death's Door'."

Martin Gore explained in the commentary track on the DVD of '101' in 2003:

On the - I think it must have been the 'Songs of Faith and Devotion' tour, when Dave was pretty bad, and he had like a heart murmur just before we were due on for the encores in New Orleans. And the only thing that Alan and me had ready was this song that we had done, called 'Death's Door', that was really slow and [with] a piano. I remember we had to go back on, and that was our encore!"

Dave recalled in the March 1997 issue of 'Q' magazine:

"Remember New Orleans? At the end of the gig I couldn't go back for the encore, Mart had to do a song solo while all the paramedics rushed me off to hospital. I'd overdosed, I'd had a heart attack. Next day, we didn't think any more about it."

Andy Fletcher told Hot Press magazine in March 2017:

"There were certain gigs [that were lousy]. I remember one of the funniest was when Dave had a heart murmur on... not 'funny'... I don’t know why I’m using that word... queer... he had a heart murmur on stage in New Orleans and he was rushed off into an ambulance, and then we went straight to the aftershow, where we had various lesbian strippers and everything going on. So you could imagine what [the tour] was like."

Martin Gore told San Francisco Examiner in 2009:

"There were loads of moments [when I realised I had a drinking problem], but they never hit home. I mean, I had seizures one day on a boat in a Louisiana swamp, and fell forward, just by chance. And if I'd have fallen backward, I would've landed in a swamp full of alligators — no joke. But even that didn’t stop me."

The The was the support act.

Set list

  1. Intro
  2. Higher Love
  3. Policy Of Truth
  4. World In My Eyes
  5. Walking In My Shoes
  6. Behind The Wheel
  7. Halo
  8. Stripped
  9. Condemnation
  10. A Question Of Lust (*)
  11. One Caress (*)
  12. Mercy In You
  13. I Feel You
  14. Never Let Me Down Again
  15. Rush
  16. In Your Room
  17. Death's Door (*)

References

  1. Source: Twitter direct message conversation between @SteveLyonMusic and @DMLiveWiki on February 22, 2018.
  2. Steve Lyon also mixed the FM broadcast of 1993-07-31 Crystal Palace Sports Ground, London, England, UK; an excellent recording of that FM broadcast is available on the concert's page.