1981 Tour

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1981 Tour
Concert by Depeche Mode
Associated album Speak & Spell
Start date 3 January 1981
End date 3 December 1981
No. of shows 70
Depeche Mode concert chronology

1981 Tour was the second tour of the English synthpop band Depeche Mode, which took place between July and December 1981.

The tour began at Crocs, Rayleigh in January 1981, a place where the band was really appreciated during its early years,[1] and ended at Chichester, West Sussex. Most concerts during this year were not planned well in advance, but occurred as more and more opportunities for them arose. From 1981-10-31 until 1981-11-16, they went on a well-planned "Speak & Spell" tour across the UK to promote the eponymous album Speak & Spell, supported by Blancmange (band).

This was the first time the band left the UK for live performances, with one-off concerts in Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium and France, in September. Their tour in 1981 is the last tour to include Vince Clarke who left the band in December 1981.

Musicians[edit]

Setlist[edit]

This is the setlist of the concert at Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.[2] This is an average setlist of the tour, with possible minor changes at each performance.

All songs were written by Vince Clarke, except where noted.

  1. "Any Second Now" (intro)
  2. "Photographic"
  3. "Nodisco"
  4. "New Life"
  5. "Puppets"
  6. "Ice Machine"
  7. "Big Muff" (written by Martin L. Gore)
  8. "I Sometimes Wish I Was Dead"
  9. "Tora! Tora! Tora!" (written by Martin L. Gore)
  10. "Just Can't Get Enough"
  11. "Boys Say Go!"
  12. "What's Your Name?"
  13. "Television Set" (written by Jason Knott, close friend of Clarke)
  14. "The Price of Love" (written by The Everly Brothers)
  15. "Dreaming of Me"

Tour dates[edit]

This is an approximately list of the tour dates.[3]

  • 1981-01-03 Crocs, Rayleigh, Essex, England
  • 1981-01-06 Bridge House, London, England
  • 1981-01-11 Hope 'N' Anchor, London, England
  • 1981-01-19 Bridge House, London, England
  • 1981-01-23 Hope 'N' Anchor, London, England
  • 1981-01-23 Rascals, Southend-On-Sea, Essex, England
  • 1981-02-01 Moonlight Club, London, England
  • 1981-02-02 Warehouse, Leeds, England
  • 1981-02-03 Limit Club, Sheffield, England
  • 1981-02-09 Bridge House, London, England
  • 1981-02-12 Moonlight Club, London, England
  • 1981-02-14 The Rainbow, London, England
  • 1981-02-16 Cabaret Futura, London, England
  • 1981-02-26 Lyceum, London, England
  • 1981-03-16 Bridge House, London, England
  • 1981-03-24 Moonlight Club, London, England
  • 1981-03-30 Flicks, Dartfort, England
  • 1981-04-02 Technical College, Southend-On-Sea, Essex, England
  • 1981-04-02 Thames Boat Trip, London, England
  • 1981-04-06 Bridge House, London, England
  • 1981-04-11 Crocs, Rayleigh, Essex, England
  • 1981-04-12 Bridge House, London, England
  • 1981-04-16 Amnesia, Leeds, England
  • 1981-04-23 Cedar Ballroom, Birmingham, England
  • 1981-04-26 Lyceum, London, England
  • 1981-04-28 Sweeneys, Basildon, England
  • 1981-04-30 The Pits, London, England
  • 1981-05-01 Southbank Poly, London, England
  • 1981-05-03 Raquels, Basildon, England
  • 1981-05-09 Nero's, Cardiff, Wales
  • 1981-05-12 The Venue, London, England
  • 1981-05-25 Flicks, Dartford, England
  • 1981-06-01 Bridge House, London, England
  • 1981-06-02 Hammersmith Palais, London, England
  • 1981-06-09 Regency Suite, Chadwell Heath, London, England
  • 1981-06-27 Crocs, Rayleigh, Essex, England
  • 1981-07-23 The Venue, London, England
  • 1981-07-25 Zuiderpark, The Hague, The Netherlands
  • 1981-07-29 Bridge House, London, England
  • 1981-07-30 Alexandras, Slough, England
  • 1981-08-02 Jenkinsons, Brighton, England
  • 1981-08-05 Rafters, Manchester, England
  • 1981-08-06 Warehouse, Leeds, England
  • 1981-08-07 Nite Club, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1981-08-26 Institute of Contemporary Arts, London, England
  • 1981-09-00 Lawrence Weston School, Bristol, England
  • 1981-09-19 The Venue, London, England
  • 1981-09-25 Markthalle, Hamburg, Germany
  • 1981-09-26 Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 1981-09-28 Disco Rouge, Brussels, Belgium
  • 1981-09-29 Les Bains Douches, Paris, France
  • 1981-10-20 Christ's School, Richmond, England
  • 1981-10-31 University, Newcastle, England
  • 1981-11-02 Coasters, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1981-11-03 Fagins, Manchester, England
  • 1981-11-04 Locarno, Birmingham, England
  • 1981-11-05 Rock City, Nottingham, England
  • 1981-11-06 University, Liverpool, England
  • 1981-11-07 Polytechnic, Sheffield, England
  • 1981-11-09 Locarno, Bristol, England
  • 1981-11-10 Raquels, Basildon, England
  • 1981-11-11 Top Rank, Brighton, England
  • 1981-11-12 Arts Centre, Poole, England
  • 1981-11-14 University, Leicester, England
  • 1981-11-15 Lyceum, London, England
  • 1981-11-16 Lyceum, London, England
  • 1981-11-16 Lyceum, London, England
  • 1981-12-03 Chichester, West Sussex, England

References[edit]

  1. ^ Page 128 in "Just Can't Get Enough: The making of Depeche Mode" by Simon Spence, 2011. ISBN 9781906002565
  2. ^ "1981-09-26 Paradiso, Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Depeche Mode Live Wiki". depechemode-live.com. Retrieved 2016-03-11. 
  3. ^ "Category:1981 Tour - Depeche Mode Live Wiki | List of the tour performances". depechemode-live.com. Retrieved 2016-03-11.