Just Can't Get Enough
September 17, 2013
Just Can’t Get Enough
The main reason that Kathy made the drive up the Keys to Miami was to attend the Depeche Mode concert at the BB & T Center in Sunrise. We had one additional event the same day that we had signed up for as well, the Zoo Run 5K race that was held at the Miami Metro Zoo. So we were going basically from early in the morning at the race till fairly late in the evening at the concert. It was a good day.
The Zoo Run 5K was pretty much as it sounds, a 5K run/walk through the Miami Metro Zoo, which was actually pretty cool. The course ran through the zoo and the race which started at 8 AM ran through and around the animal exhibits so while you were participating you could check out the animals, who seemed equally curious about the sudden appearance of a couple of thousand people racing past their enclosures.
It was a huge race with over 2200 participants and it was quite a production. It rained briefly just as the race was getting underway which did little but to get you damp and then make the rest of the race feature a steamy close to 100 % humidity- which was easily the worst part of the race. Watching the animals was the best and the distraction did slow me down somewhat from my normal pace. Kathy did much better, running the entire distance in preparation of the sprint triathalon that she will participating in next week.
After the run, we spent the better part of the day shopping. Hitting the IKEA store and then the huge Sawgrass Mills Mall, enjoying an afternoon of commerce of the type we can’t experience in Key West, having lunch at the California Pizza place before heading to the hotel to relax before the show.
Depeche Mode- “Walking in my Shoes”
Depeche Mode is one of the few bands that were super popular during the 80s that I somehow never went to see in the over 1000 concerts that I have attended and I have always wanted to see them, because I had heard that their live shows are fantastic. Of course I always have the nervous fear that some almost 25 years after their prime, they might not be so great.
I should not have worried at all, they were incredible. Looking great and sounding even better, the band ripped through two plus hours featuring a great mix of older hits, brand new material – which held up very well in comparison and more rare tracks from earlier releases.
Lead singer Dave Gahan channeled Freddie Mercury with a frentic, energetic yet smooth and polished performance that was something to see. The amazing huge video screen behind the band and fantastic light show were awesome as well and the packed arena was rocking. It was a great, great show and my only disappointment was that I had been missing out all these years. Even the opening act, Bat for Lashes, who we had seen in the spring at Coachella was great. It was a fantastic night of music and well worth the effort to come up and see.