Day 25, Part Two: Maybe a Stranger, but no Danger

Okay, so the more I thought about the more I just couldn’t let today’s challenge go by without my other craziest moment as a DM fan. As the end of the last tour approached, I was feeling the burn of longing for just one more show… My last show had been in Dallas, TX. While it was with some of my best friends, it was not the best seating and not the best note on which to end my personal tour. But it was what it was, and I had no more money. I had started saving for the next tour, and had considered taking on a second job during the holidays to try to raise money for a trip overseas during the last stretch, but I decided that it would be just too nuts and that I should have been happy with all the wonderful experiences I’d already had.

One day in a casual email conversation with friend, I was offered two tickets to each of the last two shows. For free, no strings attached. These were two shows we’d previously been scheduled to attend while in Germany during the summer, but they had been rescheduled due to Dave’s cancer diagnosis. (We had sold ours thinking we couldn’t return.) Not only that, but there was a high likelihood of getting excellent seats, AND our travelling buddies offered to let us crash at their place in Dortmund. Two more DM shows. The last of the tour. For the price of a plane ticket and feeding myself. On two-weeks’ notice, I again dragged Tara out on a wild adventure (this seems to be a pattern…), this time on the promise of tickets from a stranger  – a friend I had never met before then, who to this day I consider one of the most generous people I’ve met. Though some would call me crazy, stupid, or stupid-crazy, it all worked out – we ended up front row for two amazing shows. By coincidence I got to go to the after party at the very last show, because I ran into a lost friend from back home who was looking for the after show room and was able to help her find it.

They say that love makes you do crazy things, and I would venture a guess they are right. At least when Depeche Mode fans are concerned. The stories, the travels, trials and tribulations of DM fans are part of what makes being a fan in this community so wonderful and inspiring. I captured both shows in previous blog posts, which you can read here and here.


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.