We Share Something: Memories of the Universe

Excited crowd in Berlin, June 2009
Excited crowd in Berlin, June 2009. Photo by Amanda.

Some of you may remember Kaleidoscope, the fanbook project I did a couple years ago. Well, I’m at it again in a slightly different format. With the tour nearing it’s end, I thought it would be fun to put together a photo book to commemorate it. πŸ™‚

This is a strictly not-for-profit, unofficial book commemorating Tour of the Universe. It will highlight the best gigs of the tour, as told by the fans that attended them. Text will accompany a collection of amateur photographs taken by fans, reprinted with permission. Additional content will include infographics related to the tour. Graphic design and layout to be completed by usaku.

What I ask of you guys is to submit your gig stories! I’m looking for 200-400 words about your favorite show of the tour. It could be the atmosphere, the crowd, or a personal experience – anything goes! Stories will be published with your name and location. I would love to have an entry for every city, but the book would be far too big and expensive, so I’m looking to the community to convince me what gigs to include and why. I would love to include Tel Aviv and South America especially, along with the North American and European favorites.

Entries should be in English, but don’t be shy if English isn’t your strong point! Do your best! πŸ˜‰

If you’d like to contribute, download this form and e-mail it to kaleid (at) twilightillusion (dot) net by Mar 31 Aprill 11.

Photography by myself, Tara (dingerz), Missy (misshousegirl) and Debi (sleepydoll).

Book Specifics
-7×7”, 80 pages
-Premium 100# (180 gsm) silk finish paper
-Hardcover imagewrap w/ matte finish. Image printed directly on the front and back for a smooth, sophisticated effect.
-$34USD (This is AT COST, directly from the printer. While this seems expensive, remember that this is a print on demand service. If DM were printing this, they’d have the thousands of dollars to order in bulk, thus cutting costs per book. I do not, lol. By offering premium paper and the hardcover, I’m hoping to make this as nice as possible and worth the money.)

Imagine this, with Depeche Mode instead of LA:

Book Example 1Book Example 2
Book Example 3Book Example 4

(From a project originally printed by cavepixel. The DM book will be thinner, however – her book was over 300 pages!)

When they will be available: June

Where to buy: When published, books will be available through Blurb.com, uploaded by usaku. Blurb is a self-publishing site for ease of service from print shop to your home! They are not affiliated with Depeche Mode, nor will they own any rights to or royalties from the project.

Why? Because DM rocks, and so do the fans (when they are celebrating, not moaning). Despite fluxes in fortune and fits and starts, it really has been an amazing tour and we’re very lucky to have enjoyed it. πŸ™‚

I’m hoping to have my first proof in-hand in March and will post preview pictures as soon as I can.


Amanda is an enthusiastic, globe-trotting Mode fan who discovered the band in late 1998. Although she often feels like she got a late start in the Depeche Mode's career, she's survived nearly 20 years of the fandom, five new albums and multiple meetings with her love for the band intact (and stronger than ever). Amanda is a life-long creative, a classically trained graphic designer, working professionally as a User Experience Designer for one of the world's largest technology companies. When not at work or traveling for Depeche, she enjoys character illustration, comics, movies and Japanese Culture. And cats. Lots of Cats.

  • http://electricorchid.blogspot.com orchidhunter

    Ooh, I’d be very happy to contribute my Red Rocks experience to this project!

  • http://www.modeontheroad.pl Martini

    I Wanted to do sth like this after TTA, but I had no time to do this. Maybe this year after TOTU, or maybe both, or maybe share with You πŸ˜‰

    • Amanda

      Go for it! I encourage everyone to be creative in their love for Depeche Mode. πŸ™‚

  • Myra Hope Graber

    This is an inspired idea… love it!

    • Amanda

      Thanks, Myra! πŸ˜€

  • halozue

    will get on to this :)thought that the deadline was over

  • Feligres

    I’ld love to contribute with my personal experiences in BogotΓ‘ and Buenos Aires πŸ˜‰
    Am I still in time?

  • http://depmodechick.tumblr.com/ Stephanie Dawson

    I attended the August 10, 2009 SOTU show in Seattle. This was my 8th Depeche Mode concert and the first time seeing them since the night I met them backstage 11/16/05. I wore my World Violation concert t-shirt and brought in my “DEPMODE” license plate, as usual. This was an incredible show and Dave looked just as sexy as ever. My seat was on the floor, row 24 on Dave’s side – the catwalk side. I rotated between my camera, camera phone, license plate, and notebook where I journal each song in the order played. The boys sounded fantastic and I was on such a high for about two months after the show! 8/10/09 was a crazy night: after the show ended and I got home around 12:30 AM, I had to get up at 2:00 AM to catch a flight to a conference that started at 10 AM in another state. I caught an early morning flight and was pretty messed up for the rest of the week because I’m used to getting much more sleep than 90 minutes or so. It was well worth it, though. I would not have missed Depeche Mode for ANYTHING and years ago I planned my wedding date so I wouldn’t miss the Exciter tour.