Out of the country, be back tomorrow

On July 24th, 2009, Phil and I packed up the car and drove to Toronto for a 18-hour adventure. I bought the Depeche Mode tickets for his birthday, he paid for the accommodations for mine. We left around noon and traffic was terrible on the QEW, though the border crossing was relatively painless.
Depeche Mode, originally uploaded by CFree.We got to the Molsen Amphitheater at 6:30p and found a good spot on the lawn to sit. I brought a tarp to sit on because it had been raining and the ground was wet, other people weren’t so lucky to stay dry. Peter Bjorn and John opened for Depeche Mode at 7pm. They were alright, I only recognized the “Kids” song and the whistling song.

Concert, originally uploaded by CFree.

Setting Up, originally uploaded by CFree.

Wrong, originally uploaded by CFree.

  1. In Chains
  2. Wrong
  3. Hole to Feed
  4. Walking in My Shoes
  5. It’s No Good
  6. A Question of Time
  7. Precious
  8. Fly on the Windscreen
  9. Little Soul
  10. Home
  11. Come Back
  12. Fragile Tension
  13. In Your Room
  14. I Feel You
  15. Policy of Truth
  16. Enjoy the Silence
  17. Never Let Me Down Again


  1. Stripped
  2. Master and Servant
  3. Strangelove

Encore 2:

  1. Personal Jesus
  2. Waiting for the Night

The visuals were outstanding. There were a few large screens where they showed some pretty cool live shots of the band using some filters. There was also a giant LCD ball that had some visuals displayed on it as well. My favorite use of the ball was during Precious, where it looked like a typewriter ball spinning around. Despite having the tarp to sit down on, NOBODY sat down once the band came on. Everybody was dancing. I tried, but it looked more like a twitch. Whatever.

Tranquility, originally uploaded by CFree.

After two encores, the band finished with Waiting for the Night. We all sang Happy Birthday to Martin Gore and that was it. I wish I knew more of the songs before the concert. Phil gave me CD’s of the setlist so I could hear them on the drive up, but I didn’t recognize half of them.

We walked back to the car and (of course) got lost trying to find the Delta Chelsea hotel. New cities driving at night Craig != a good time.

Downtown Toronto, originally uploaded by CFree.

The view from our hotel balcony was pretty cool. We changed and headed out for a drink before the bars closed. We tried O’Grady’s but it looked dead, so we ended up on the roof of the Black Eagle, mingling among it’s regulars. It was fun to be in a different city’s Forum-equivalent. Everything was so orderly, though. There was a nice line to get a drink (which I think we completely cut), a nice line to get upstairs to the second floor, and a nice line for the bathroom. Orderly.

Cien Tower
Cien Tower, originally uploaded by CFree.

Another reason for going to Toronto was for Phil to go to IKEA. It was fun for about 10 minutes, then I was ready for meatballs.

Obligatory stop
Obligatory Stop, originally uploaded by CFree.

What a bargain
What a bargain, originally uploaded by CFree.

I could have done without the loganberry sauce, but they are pretty tasty. We ate lunch, cashed out and drove back to Rochester.

Loganberry…, originally uploaded by CFree.

Overall it was a fun trip, a much-needed break from a stressful quarter at RIT.