2001-09-16 Olympiski, Moscow, Russia

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Notes

Here is the diary entry from DepecheMode.com:

So I am sitting in the management office behind the stage at the Moscow show and the guys have been on stage for about an hour already. Things seem to be going well and Moscow is definitely an interesting city.

We got here last night about 7:00 PM and were greeted by numerous fans. In fact, many of them followed our bus all the way to the hotel. There were a few times there when we thought they were going to cause some accidents!

After we arrived and were greeted by even more fans at the hotel, some of us made our way down to the bar for some cocktails and food. After a bit of socializing with each other and our several interpreters, some of us went out while others went off to bed.

Today we made it out for a walk to Red Square which we are right across the street from, and the buildings are amazing. Some of them do not even look real. We are going to leave in about an hour for the venue, so I will check back in after the gig.

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The show in Moscow went very well, though the press was not as smooth as I would have liked. The guys enjoyed it a great deal because we had a couple of days off in Budapest to rest, so it felt good for them to get back into their routine.

After the show, we went to this club called "Most" which was very cool. They had a private room for us upstairs which was nice, and there was even a fashion show going on downstairs that we all watched. It was rather interesting clothes, and the designer walked out at the end in a see-through gown. We all swore that she flashed a bit of herself at Martin as she swayed passed us.

We all stayed a bit too long at this party, but all in all, it was a fun night out. After that, we went back to the hotel to listen to the entertainment of Martin and Andrew Phillpott singing away at the piano - woo hoo!

The next day on our day off, a few of us went on a tour around the Kremlin, then later met up and went to this club about 30 minutes from our hotel. It was some sort of Depeche Mode night, and one of our support bands was playing, so we all attended. There were only 2 bands the entire night, but it was an interesting crowd. When Technique played, at the end of their set, Peter joined them to sing "Home" which ended up sounding really good though they did not have much practice.

After the club, we got back to the hotel and made our way down to the casino - you can always find Mr. Fletcher down there winning away! After about an hour, we all decided the night was over, and we carried our winnings away to bed with us.

Author: Nichelle

Martin Gore in BONG #50, 2001:

"Many weird things have happened to us on the road, too many to count. One of the things I do remember though was when we were in Russia and there was a fan that waited outside the hotel the entire time we were there, and he looked exactly like I did in the 80s – with the same hairstyle and clothes. The funny thing was, she was a woman. We then began calling her Martina whenever we saw her."

Technique (later on called 'Client') were the support act.

Set list

  1. Easy Tiger - Dream On (Intro)
  2. The Dead Of Night
  3. The Sweetest Condition
  4. Halo
  5. Walking In My Shoes
  6. Dream On
  7. When The Body Speaks
  8. Waiting For The Night
  9. Sister Of Night (*)
  10. Breathe (*)
  11. Freelove
  12. Enjoy The Silence
  13. I Feel You
  14. In Your Room
  15. It's No Good
  16. Personal Jesus
  17. Home (*)
  18. Clean
  19. Black Celebration
  20. Never Let Me Down Again

Sources

  • Source 1 is a bad audience recording. I think it's the only cassette sourced recording from this tour.