The meeting was meant to be like how my friends and I see it. I was in New York vacationing for five days with three other friends. It was a late start for us on Friday, 4/5/2013. We decided we were going to Rocco's in Greenwich Village for some coffee and pastries. I guess we were that hungry that my friend told us to make a left turn as we exited the subway station, well long story short we made the wrong turn and were walking in circles for a while...LoL
Some of us were teasing Monica that we wanted pizza because we were starving since we were lost because of her...LoL We passed by this pizza chain called $1 pizza but kept on walking. Then Jesse decides to wander off to Urban Outfitters so we end up at Washington Square Park. Then we regroup and kept on walking. Again we bump into another $1 Pizza location and Monica insists we grab a slice and I say no lets keep on walking. So we kept on walking. As we cross a couple of streets Jesse and Monica spot Joe's Pizza and suggest we grab a slice from there. So we all a agree. We order and try to figure out where to "sit" and we were playing musical chairs. As we finally settle, I scan the room, as I usually do, and spot this man sitting on a stool facing the window overlooking the street. I ask Jesse, Hey is that Dave Gahan because it kinda looks like him. Jesse looks over and "yes it IS DAVE GAHAN!" In my mind, I am shouting, OMG OMG, I can't believe its Dave Gahan. Depeche Mode. OMG!! I need to do something or I will regret this for the rest of my life!!
So I decided to go up to him, while he is eating a slice of pizza. I put my arm on his shoulder and said, I love you Man!! You are awesome. I have loved your music since I was a teen." He smiled and said, Thank you!! He asked me if we were from NY and we said, No from L.A. He side Nice, thank you. All the while, Jesse goes up to him as well from the front and says something to the effect, Dave Gahan, I saw you at the Rose Bowl. Dave grinned.
We proceeded to leave him alone so he can finish eating his pizza. As he was leaving he said BYE to us!! So I went for it!! I asked him if we could take pictures with him and he graciously agreed. He told us to go outside with him. I think we left our stuff behind because we were all so giddy...LOL
We took many pictures with him. Jesse was having a conversation about the shows he went to back in the 80's (I think). And Dave told us that when "you are in New York you gotta come to Joe's for pizza." Then Monica proceeded to tell Dave that we didn't want to create a mob scene and thereby waited to ask permission for picture taking. He said, "don't worry no one cares in New York." And you know that if this were happening in L.A. there would definitely be a mob scene for sure!! OMG!!! OMG!! This the biggest difference between L.A. and N.Y. fans; we L.A. fans are hard core!! Come on now!! We all know, Depeche Mode's breakthrough show in the states was at the Rose Bowl (which is about 10 min away from L.A.).
At the end we thanked him and he left and he disappeared into the busy streets of New York. AAAAAAAHHHHH!!! I will forever remember this moment and will be happy that I went up to him and talked to him. No Regrets!!
p.s. I will also attach a picture of my friend Jesse and Dave as well (the 2nd pic below) .