Depeche Mode performs in Tampa Saturday

September 12, 2013 

Portugal Music Festival

Lead singer Dave Gahan, left, and guitarist Martin Gore, of the British music band Depeche Mode, perform July 13 during their concert at the Optimus Alive music festival in Lisbon, Portugal. ASSOCIATED PRESS


Depeche Mode began life more than 30 years ago as a fairly typical British synth-pop band of the era, and first hit the big time with their bouncy single "Just can't get Enough."

But it wasn't until the moodier MTV hit "People Are a People" that Depeche Mode became an international sensation. The band cemented its status and its rabid following with series of dark and dreamy singles, including "Enjoy the Silence" and "Personal Jesus."

The band is now a trio, not a quartet as it was in its heyday. But three of the four members of the classic lineup -- singer Dave Gahan, keyboardist and main songwriter Martin Gore and keyboardist Andy Fletcher -- are still members. They'll all be on stage when Depeche Mode comes Sept. 14 to the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa.

The opening act on the first half of the tour, including the Tampa stop is Bat for Lashes, the British indie pop phenomenon.

Bat for Lashes is the nom de stage for Natasha Khan. Her music has been compared favorably to that of such artists as Bjork, Siouxsie Sioux and Fiona Apple. It's pop-flavored and often synth-driven, and ought to appeal to Depeche Mode fans. She has a growing following of her own, and she should draw people who aren't among Depeche Mode's hardcore legions.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14, MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, 4802 U.S. 301, Tampa. Tickets: $29-$116.30. Information: 813-740-2446,

--Marty Clear

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