Depeche Mode plays Ramat Gan Stadium on Sunday, to be warmed up by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
By DAVID BRINN
With funny haircuts, sleek, canned sound and detached attitude, Depeche Mode provided everything you needed in order to make fun of 1980s music. However, the group evolved, and more importantly, survived. We're a forgiving people - and longevity is worth major points in today's disposable pop world. Just ask Steven Tyler.
So the British synth-pop pioneers are now classic rock heroes, and opening a world tour to support a new album, Sounds of the Universe, right here at Ramat Gan Stadium on Sunday night. This latest release is no ragged attempt at past glory. The band's dark and sinister yet bubbly sound has more substance than it once did.
After re-emerging from the soap opera depths of drug abuse, suicide attempts and mutual loathing - and a shot of street cred following Johnny Cash's cover of "Personal Jesus" - the latter day Depeche Mode is operating on all cylinders.
"I can't say I listened to Depeche Mode very much when I was growing up. But we're excited to be playing with them. They're a part of music history," said Brian Chase diplomatically. The drummer for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the opening act, was talking to Billboard (not that one) about the pairing of the '80s electro-pop veterans and the young, art-punk upstarts from New York, whose claim to greatness is staked on the third album, the recently released It's Blitz.
As stainless steel as Depeche Mode is, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, led by animated singer Karen O, express raw and grit. Local fans of the band, who are overwrought at the prospect of paying hundreds of Depeche Mode shekels to see the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, even petitioned the latter band - unsuccessfully - to play another show at a club in Tel Aviv.
So, it will be the '80s meets the '00s. And while, Depeche Mode still possesses that same detached attitude, the funny haircuts now belong to a new generation.
This musical extravaganza goes down on Sunday, May 10. remaining tickets are priced from NIS 300-1500 and can be purchased at tkts.com or leaan.co.il
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