A fan named Jon Deak uploaded this flyer (see right) in Facebook group 'Depeche Mode Devotees' on Wednesday April 19, 2017. He removed the address before uploading it. He and about 40 other people received an email from Columbia Records containing an invitation to attend this secret event. The invitees had won the invitation because of their participation in the pre-sale of the concerts in Los Angeles later this year. It was not revealed what the event would entail, and the invitees had to turn in their phones before being taken to another location in Los Angeles. As it turns out, they had to meet at Amoeba Records on Sunset Blvd from where they had to walk to S.I.R. studios. Liz Dwyer a.k.a. LosAngelista got to enter the studio shortly before the other fans, and as she explains in this video, besides meeting the bandmembers beforehand (which was filmed by webmaster Daniel "BRAT" Barassi), she also got to watch the first two songs being performed before the other fans came in.
A first group of fans got to watch songs #3 till #13 being performed. One of them, Rob Rohm, reported the following shortly after the event:
"Depeche Mode rehearsal with less than 50 people. There was a photographer/videographer. [My wife] and I were up against the small stage in this tiny Hollywood rehearsal studio with Martin Gore directly in front of us, 2 feet away. Dave Gahan was about 8-10 feet away from us. They performed the following songs that I can think of off the top of my head [setlist copied below, ed]. I saw the entire set list [sheet]. Management didn't let us stay for whole set but the fans in Europe are in for a treat. The set list contained 22 songs. One thing that was really fun to see was Dave Gahan sitting at the drum set while Martin and Peter performed Question of Lust. Dave was goofing around pretending to play drums."
Carshenah Jefferson, a fan who got to run the "Depeche Mode Facebook Takeover" that day, also attended the first half of the performance and posted this on Depeche Mode's Facebook page:
"What a perfect way to spend a sunny, 90 degree, Friday afternoon in Hollywood watching Depeche Mode in the most intimate of sessions anyone can ask for. Only 40 or so lucky fans were with me to hear a 10 song set list. Dave's signature moves made everyone scream in delight and the music was crisp and clear. Then the ultimate fan privilege of the whole experience was Dave and Martin allowed me to sing, "A Question of Lust!" As Martin passed the mic around the crowd. When it landed on me, I got to sing the hook and both Dave and Martin was impressed, both gave me a high five and they got to know my name."
Fan Bryan Do posted nine songs of the second half of the setlist here, with Rob Rohm adding a 22nd song and correcting the setlist order. Bryan writes that after song #13 ('Where's The Revolution') had been performed, the first group of fans were asked to leave, and a second group of fans got to watch the band perform the remaining songs.
Adam Bravin of the band She Wants Revenge (who is a big DM fan and who also supported DM with his band in 2006, see the Support acts page for more info) was also in attendance.
according to , the setlist was:
01. Going Backwards
02. So Much Love
03. Barrel Of A Gun
05. Cover Me
06. A Pain That I'm Used To
07. In Your Room
08. World In My Eyes
10. A Question Of Lust
11. Poison Heart
12. Where's The Revolution
13. Everything Counts
16. Enjoy The Silence
17. Never Let Me Down Again
19. Walking In My Shoes
21. I Feel You
22. Personal Jesus
songs 01-02 - before the first group of fans came in
songs 03-13 - for the first group of fans
songs 14-22 - for the second group of fans (this part of setlist may be corrected)