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Depeche Mode - Touring The Angel: Live in Milan DVD Review

by Eric Bodrero

After 25 years of touring and band members now in their 40's, Dave Gahan and Depeche Mode put on one of the best shows of their careers in Touring the Angel, in support of their multiple platinum album Playing the Angel, released late in 2005. 100 percent sold out in 69 arenas in 30 countries and considered one of the most successful, highly grossing and critically acclaimed tours of last year, Touring the Angel is captured brilliantly on this DVD. Live in Milan boasts cutting edge editing, with lens flares, black & white, and dizzying cut aways that make this DVD what the tour was: energetic, wildly interactive, and utterly exhausting.

This 3-disc digipak set features two DVD's and an audio CD. There are plenty of extra's on disc two, but maybe not enough to satisfy die-hard fans. However, the documentary takes a real close look at not just the making of the album and the stage sets for the live show, but a rather candid look at the separate members of the band, including Andy Fletcher, Martin Gore, and of course, Dave Gahan. We get a close and personal introspective on their thoughts as they put together the album and the show, and how it sparked and reenergized their careers.

Disc one includes all the tracks from the live show, including almost everything from Playing the Angel such as their first single 'Precious', 'A Pain that I'm Used To', 'Suffer Well', and crowd favorite 'John the Revelator.' But, you don't go to a Depeche Mode show without expecting such greats as 'Behind the Wheel', 'Personal Jesus', 'I Feel You', 'Never Let Me Down Again', and many others, including 'Just Can't Get Enough', which appeared on their debut album Speak & Spell; and that's exactly what we fans got. They all appear here on this DVD brilliantly edited and full of life.

Disc two boasts a good spell of extra's such as the Touring the Angel documentary, Playing the Angel Electronic Press Kit, the official Depeche Mode Touring the Angel tour announcement from Germany, Touring the Angel screens, which enables you to watch just the stuff going on in the background on the large screens during select songs, subtitles (English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese or Japanese; I really can't decipher the two), and of course credits.

The standout feature here though has to be the documentary. We get honest and straightforward interviews with such greats as Martin Gore, Dave Gahan, Andy "Fletch" Fletcher, the director Blue Leach, Anton Corbjin, Depeche Mode pianist Peter Gordeno, and Daniel Miller of Mute Records, among many others. It was really surprising to hear Gahan talk about his personal feelings and his goals in life, and made me think of him in a different light (not that the first light was bad). We get to see backstage shots of the set, the director and producer talk about the crazy use of cameras during the tour, and many, many others.

The audio CD features over 30 minutes of audio culled directly from the show, and includes tracks such as 'The Sinner in Me', 'Damaged People', 'Precious', and 'John the Revelator. 

Watching the DVD put me right back to both shows I got the privilege of attending both in Phoenix, AZ in late 2005, and the Coachella Valley Music and Arts festival in Indio, CA in early 2006. Trust me when I say that the DVD brings those brilliant, enthusiastic shows to life like no other. For those who attended the shows, this DVD is a must have, and for the poor, unfortunate DM fans who didn't get to see the show, here is your belated ticket. 

Track Listing

Intro/I Want It All
A Pain That I'm Used To
John the Revelator
A Question of Time
Policy of Truth
Walking in My Shoes
Suffer Well
I Want It All
The Sinner in Me
I Feel You
Behind the Wheel
World in My Eyes
Personal Jesus
Enjoy the Silence
Shake the Disease (special acoustic number)
Just Can't Get Enough
Everything Counts
Never Let Me Down Again
Goodnight Lovers

A Question of Lust
Damaged People

Playing the Angel Documentary
Tour Announcement
Playing the Angel EPK
Touring the Angel Screens

Audio CD
A Pain That I'm Used To
John the Revelator
Suffer Well
I Want It All
The Sinner in Me
Damaged People

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