watch depeche mode 'live on letterman'


Depeche Mode is cranking up the PR machine for 13th studio album Delta Machine, due out in two weeks. They just announced a North American tour that will kick off in August, they’ve got a panel appearance and exclusive showcase scheduled Friday at sxsw, and last night they paid a visit to the Ed Sullivan Theater.

Their 9-song set kicked off the 2013 “Live On Letterman” webcasts, which was streamed live at 8pm ET on, and CBS radio stations around the nation. The trio of David Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher were joined on stage by touring members Christian Eigner and Peter Gordeno.

It was a “bluesy” set, with Gore playing guitar almost exclusively. Five of the selections were taken from Delta Machine, including previously unheard “Should Be Higher”, “Soft Touch/Raw Nerve” and “Soothe My Soul”. The new material held its own against classics “Personal Jesus” and “Walking In My Shoes” but stood apart due to its gurgling studio backing tracks. Of course the highlight was “Enjoy The Silence” which closed the show with a pretty enthusiastic sing-along. Check out the full 48-minute set here:

Live on Letterman set list:

  1. Angel
  2. Should Be Higher
  3. Walking In My Shoes
  4. Barrel of a Gun
  5. Heaven
  6. Personal Jesus
  7. Soft Touch/Raw Nerve
  8. Soothe My Soul
  9. Enjoy the Silence

And for good measure, here’s the version of “Heaven” the band laid down for the Letterman broadcast:


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