'One Night In Paris' The Exciter Tour 2001
A Live Concert Film by Anton Corbijn
Depeche Mode release a high quality, highly collectable two disc DVD and single VHS on May 27th on Mute. The two hour live concert was filmed at the Palais Omnisport, Paris Bercy in front of 16,000 as part of the band's massive 2001 Exciter Tour.
Directed by the band's long time artistic collaborator, Anton Corbijn, the cutting-edge Paris show was shot on anamorphic 16:9 Digital Betacam using 13 cameras to achieve the ultimate illustration of the band's striking performance. Anton received a Grammy nomination in 1994 for the "Devotional" concert film.
"Anton always comes to everything with a very unique perspective," says Martin Gore. "He always manages to capture the spirit of the band better than other people. Because we have had a relationship with him that has lasted so long, there is an element of feeling at ease with each other."
The state of the art venue was chosen "because the venue itself is probably one of the best in the world," says Andrew Fletcher. "We've played this venue many times, many times so for us it's almost like a second home in Paris."
Of the 19 song set, the many highlights include rousing renditions of new and old classics from 'Walking In My Shoes' and 'Personal Jesus' to 'Dream On' and 'Freelove'. Martin Gore showcases his poignant lead vocals on 'Home' and 'Breathe'.
"We couldn't have gone out and done another tour celebrating our past," says Dave Gahan. "It had to be something new. There aren't many bands that can actually say after 20 years that they're trying to be creative."
The two disc DVD is packed with extra features. Disc One features the full two hour "Exciter" show.
The mega-successful Exciter Tour kicked off on June 11th in Quebec, Canada and finished November 5th in Mannheim, Germany after 84 performances to over 1.5 million fans in 24 countries.
Depeche Mode were joined on tour by Christian Eigner (drums), Peter Gordeno (keyboards) and Jordan Bailey and Georgia Lewis (backing vocals).
"As far as performing goes, I enjoyed this tour more than any other before," says Dave Gahan. "I really felt it was the best we've ever played and that the musicians playing really brought new life to the older songs and the new songs from 'Exciter'. I was just floating out there."
Citing the spontaneity of the Paris show, Dave Gahan reveals that the inclusion of 'Condemnation' was a last-minute decision. "We rehearsed it that evening before the show. You can see a real vulnerable side to the band on 'Condemnation'".
Reviews from the four sold out UK dates were very enthusiastic:
"Depeche Mode are a national institution. In an era of lacklustre megashows and trad superstars, respect is due" – NME
"One of the best live acts on the planet" – The Observer
"A rousing return to form" – The Times
'One Night In Paris' A Live Concert Film by Corbijn confirms Depeche Mode's reputation as one of the best live acts in the world today.
'One Night In Paris' - released on 27th May on double DVD (regions 2-6) and VHS (PAL) through Mute.