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Depeche Mode Brought the Memento Mori Tour to the SAP Center in San Jose, California on March 25 2023



On Saturday, March 25 2023, I hit the road to the SAP Center in San Jose California for the second stop on the Depeche Mode‘s  Memento Mori tour.  It was a beautiful spring evening which made for a pleasant drive (sans the traffic) to San Jose. The SAP Center is a multi-use 17,000 plus seat event center and home to the San Jose Sharks hockey team. Dubbed the Shark Tank, this arena not only seats a ton of people, but the acoustics are pretty good as well. 

Kelly Lee Owens was the opener for this part of the tour. She is a singer, musician and producer who brought her solo set to the stage. She would be considered a techno, dream pop and electronic artist and she paired with Depeche Mode very well. The well mixed beats with her ethereal vocals held the audience captive. She opened with “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi” which is a Radiohead cover before delving into her own tracks. Her 7 song set was quick but effective. I am looking forward to more of her.



Set List

1). Weird Fishes/Arpeggi (Radiohead cover)


3). Lucid

4). L.I.N.E.

5). On

6). Jeanette

7). Melt!


As Depeche Mode came on stage, you could feel the energy step up a few notches. Opening the show with “My Cosmos is Mine” from the just released Memento Mori album. As the night went on, Dave Gahan strutted around the stage with all of his signature moves. A few times during the set, Dave headed out on to the peninsula of the stage to get a little closer toy the crowd.  The entire set was amazing! The sound, the lighting and band were all awesome. 

 The set consisted of 5 new songs off Memento Mori,  and a wide variety of classic DM songs. It is so hard to narrow down the highlights of the evening because everything was so good but, some of my favorites were “Walking in My Shoes”, “I Feel You” and “Wrong”. They song “World in My Eyes” which was dedicated to the late Andrew Fletcher, the bands keyboard player and a founding member, this Captivated the audience. After playing “Enjoy the Silence,” they thanked the crowd and left the stage. A few minutes later they returned  and broke in to their encore set. 

 The encore set consisted of four songs and started with an incredible version of “Waiting for the night”. This version was just Dave and Martin out on the peninsula singing with backing music of just piano/keyboards. The whole vibe of the song was endearing and intimate. From there, they went into a dance hit, “I Just Can’t Get Enough”. What a change in emotion! They ended up closing the night with “Personal Jesus” and left the crowd  begging for more. 

The only song I was hoping for that they didn’t play was “Blasphemous Rumors”. However, with how epic the set was, they more than made up for it. If you have been on the fence with catching this tour, do it. There was literally nothing to complain about this show. This will be a memory I will keep with me for a long time.


Depeche Mode are:

Dave Gahan – lead vocals

Martin Gore – keyboards, guitars, backing and lead vocals

Christian Eigner – drums, keyboards

Peter Gordeno – keyboards, bass guitar, piano, backing vocals



Set List

Speak to Me (Outro) (Intro)

1). My Cosmos Is Mine

2). Wagging Tongue

3). Walking In My Shoes

4). It’s No Good

5). Sister of Night

6). In Your Room (Zepher mix)

7). Everything Counts

8). Precious

9). Speak To Me

10). A Question of Lust

11). Soul With Me (acoustic)

12. Ghosts Again

13). I Feel You

14). A Pain That I’m Used To (Jacques Lu Cont’s Remix)

15). World In My Eyes (Tribute to Andrew Fletcher)

16). Wrong

17). Stripped

18). John The Revelator

19). Enjoy The Silence




20). Waiting For The Night

21). Just Can’t Get Enough

22). Never Let Me Down Again

23). Personal Jesus







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