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Video: Depeche Mode shares rare footage of 1990 ‘Violator’ show at Dodger Stadium

As we've noted before, professionally-filmed footage of Depeche Mode's 1990 World Violation Tour long has been a Holy Grail for fans. And while the band itself apparently didn't film the tour, the first of DM's two epic shows at Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium in August 1990 was filmed by the stadium's crew .

As we’ve noted before, pro-shot footage of Depeche Mode’s 1990 World Violation Tour long has been a Holy Grail for fans. And while the band itself apparently didn’t film the tour, the first of DM’s two epic shows at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium in August 1990 was filmed by the stadium’s crew — the tape of which remains in the band’s possession.

Depeche Mode previously has hosted this footage on its website, but now the band has just uploaded it — roughly 90-second clips of each song performed on Aug. 4, 1990 — to Vimeo, which means we can share it all with you as well. Now who’s going to launch a petition to get the full concert posted and/or released on DVD as well?

Check out the footage below, along with a note from the band about its origins.


Video Recorded: August 4th, 1990
Video Director: Dodger Stadium crew
Video Source: NTSC VHS tape

Fans have wanted a good recording of this tour for over a decade, but that has been virtually impossible to come by. While audience recording bootlegs (of fluctuating quality) have surfaced of this tour, there has never been anything of true quality that has been available to the fans.

While on a week long break in England back in 2002, the band’s webmaster raided their office in London. Among the treasures discovered was a videotape with a very simple, hand-written label (“Dodgers 080490″). Dust covered, and sitting in the office since the end of the tour, this tape would have surely been lost and/or forgotten, if the webmaster had not “borrowed” it from the offices.

The video featured here was recorded “live to tape”. All effects, camera changes, and recorded audio was recorded in a raw, “one take” mix. As such, some camera angles, and audio flaws, might pop up from time to time. For such a historic document, we don’t think the occasional flaw (or old “video toaster” effect) will distract from the performances.

Voted by you, the fans, as the most desired live concert in the Archives Concert Series, here are excerpts from the World Violation Tour, exclusively from depeche mode dot com.

SPECIAL NOTE: The audio for these clips is a raw, unmixed soundboard feed.

























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