Depeche Mode release Bowie cover ahead of United Kingdom tour dates

Depeche Mode release Bowie cover ahead of United Kingdom tour dates”

Depeche Mode included David Bowie's "Heroes" on the set list throughout the Europe and North American legs of the Global Spirit Tour, and in celebration of the iconic song's 40th anniversary Friday (Sept. 22), the band unleashed an official cover video.

Tomorrow - 23 September - marks 40 years since Bowie released the title track from "Heroes" - the second in his acclaimed and so-called "Berlin Trilogy". Pioneers in their genre, Depeche Mode have released a studio recorded cover for the occasion along with an impressively Bowie-esque video.

Using just a drum machine, a guitar and the imitable voice of front man Dave Gahan, the group's take on the song is decidedly bare, more ethereal, and a little less edgy than Bowie's original. "His albums are always my go-to on tour and covering "Heroes" is paying homage to Bowie". "[Guitarist] Martin [Gore] listened to "Heroes" once it was mixed and randomly told me, 'Wow, that was really f*cking good.' And I said, 'Yeah, it was, wasn't it?'"

Bowie and Eno's mutual passion for this minimalist approach would continue to inform the music they recorded both in tandem and individually during the next few years. It really affected me.

Depeche Mode are still weighing their options about how to release complete footage from this concert, reports Rolling Stone.

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