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End of The Spirit Tour

PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2018 1:37 pm
by Just can't get enough
I can't believe the tour has ended - extremely sad. I only got to see one show due to tight money constraints. I even entered the Prizeo competition with the hope that I could get flown to Berlin for free, but with my luck, I obviously didn't win.

Just wondering what the best experiences people had on this Spirit tour and who went to the most shows!

Would love to hear of some good stories - did anyone get to go backstage? :)

Re: End of The Spirit Tour

PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 2:55 am
by flighthalo
I was lucky to go to Denver, Vegas, Seattle, Portland, Vancouver, Amsterdam, Cologne, Sacramento and Toronto. Also fortunate to be in the first 5 rows or so for many of the shows....

I "won" the Strobe contest and met the band in Vancouver....at the Meet and Greet my wife and I had our picture taken with DG, MG and AF.....I talked with Martin briefly and thanked Dave for his solo work and side projects... my wife told Dave to tell Christian how great of a drummer he was and so Dave walked over to a side door, waved Christian to the door and called my wife over and Christian gave her a hug... my wife told me afterwards "I saw Dave waving and didn't realize that Dave Gahan was waving at ME"...great memory.... Shortly after Jonathan Kessler talked with us for a few minutes and then upgraded not only our seats but my 2 other friends to front row center, really nice guy.....after leaving the Meet and Greet I went and found a group of fans and upgraded their seats to my 5th row seats, that was REALLY fun....Overall an unforgettable evening with friends and DM. (FYI-the band was not pleased with the Strobe contest as it did not work out as they intended)

We traveled to places we had never been, with friends at some shows and then some shows on our own...Vegas was high energy and a great show but the shooting the night after will always stick in my mind as we were 10 blocks away, that was a quiet flight home....Seattle and Portland (my home town) were great shows.....Amsterdam was cool and it was nice to have a set list change but it was the one show I was not on the floor and I kind of regret that, still the view of NVLMD from up higher was amazing.... ...2 days later after a train ride from AMS to Cologne and after waiting in the freezing cold for hours we ended up against the stage on Martins side with a lot of excited and pumped up Germans! I have pre-show video of the bouncing ball in the air and the chanting fans, so good.....we really enjoyed talking (while sitting on the floor of the Arena) with people from across the globe, we are still in contact with many of them.....after the show DM Europe used my picture of Martin for their set list on Twitter so I felt pretty cool for a bit.

Sacramento was a solid show.... we ended up being at the same hotel as the band and were able to get some pictures, say hi to Fletch and Martin a few times, Peter posed for a picture and I got to see Dave in the car as the band and crew departed to the airport......when Christian went out to smoke I told my wife to go join him and they had a down to earth conversation, he asked her about her music tastes and about the drum kit she plays, he is a super nice person. My wife didn't ask for a picture and she is ok with that, she was just happy to talk with him.

Toronto was a high energy show, excellent performance.....it was difficult walking out of the Air Canada Center knowing that my great DM ride had come to an end.....I reminded myself that I thought the party had already ended in January and I was lucky to be there.....I went from sad to grateful pretty fast...

Just as wonderful as the shows were the people I met from all around the world. The DM Global Network is one of a kind. There is nothing like being at a DM show with the best people on earth. I'm grateful for the experience and I look forward to seeing them again.

It might be said that this was the last tour (and that could be the case).... but I believe we will have another tour, another album....The band still has many creative options, I'm not ready to shut the door just yet...I hope it works out that way.

DM fans are the best. I hope to see you next time.
(flighthalo on instagram)

Re: End of The Spirit Tour

PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:17 pm
by dicecrusher
flighthalo wrote:I "won" the Strobe contest and met the band in Vancouver....


Very cool. Thanks for sharing the details in your post. I had wondered if they really delivered on the grand prize, it sounds like it was amazing. Congratulations.

Re: End of The Spirit Tour

PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 10:49 pm
by flighthalo
dicecrusher wrote:
flighthalo wrote:I "won" the Strobe contest and met the band in Vancouver....


Very cool. Thanks for sharing the details in your post. I had wondered if they really delivered on the grand prize, it sounds like it was amazing. Congratulations.


It was great to meet the band but honestly I know there were a lot of disappointed fans and that never makes me happy....basically I put "won" because all of us know if you "won" the contest you "paid" for it.....I shared the album info and had friends and family do the same (in a big way/major effort) but I bought over 50 albums (which I have been giving away for a year)...now all n all I'm ok with paying for that experience but I certainly feel bad for all of the people who were in the Top 10 and didn't get anything..

Cheers! Ryan

Re: End of The Spirit Tour

PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 10:36 am
by gaz101
Luckily I managed to see six shows on this tour including the warm up in Glasgow and the penultimate show in Berlin.unluckily I never got to meet any of the band which for me would be unbelievable.it has been a fantastic tour and worth every penny.lets hope it’s not the last .

Re: End of The Spirit Tour

PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:33 am
by Czez
I was driving to Glasgow from London and my car broke tight in the middle of the road. :)