Depeche Mode Plan First American Tour In Five Years

Synth-pop band will roam States and Canada in support of their upcoming album, The Singles '86-'98.

Synth-pop giants Depeche Mode have announced the dates for "The Singles Tour," a

major fall trek across North America in support of their forthcoming collection, The

Singles '86-'98.

The tour, which kicks off Oct. 27 in Worcester, Mass., is Depeche Mode's first North

American jaunt since 1993, when singer Dave Gahan, guitarist/keyboardist Martin Gore

and keyboardist Andy Fletcher -- along with keyboardist Alan Wilder, who left the band in

1995 -- hit stages in support of Songs of Faith and Devotion.

The Singles '86-'98, a 21-song collection, is due in stores Oct. 6. It includes such

gloomy, keyboard-driven electronic-pop hits as "Never Let Me Down Again," "Personal

Jesus" and "Policy of Truth," as well as a new single, "Only When I Lose Myself."

The songs are drawn primarily from five of the band's late '80s/early '90s records --

Black Celebration (1986), Music for the Masses (1987), Violator

(1990), Songs of Faith and Devotion (1993) and Ultra (1997). The tracks

span an era in which the group's music evolved from its initial, keyboard-based sound to

a heavier, more guitar-rich approach and back again.

Earlier this year, Fletcher said Depeche Mode were kept from touring in support of

1997's Ultra by Gahan's enrollment in a drug-rehabilitation program following

years of drug abuse. But he added that the band was really looking forward to this tour.

"At the time, none of us were mentally or physically tough enough to tour," Fletcher said.

"But Dave [Gahan] is more ready than any of us now. He's really fit and in great physical

shape."

Opening on the East Coast, the 24-date tour will cross the Midwest and the South before

hitting the West Coast in late November. The tour is scheduled to end Dec. 18 at the

Great Western Forum in Inglewood, Calif.

According to Tracy Hurley of Reach Media Relations, the publicity firm used by Depeche

Mode, no artists are currently scheduled to fill an opening slot, but that may change in

the future. Hurley also said more dates would be announced soon.

Depeche Mode Tour Dates:

Oct. 27; Worcester, Mass., Centrum

Oct. 28; New York, N.Y., Madison Square Garden

Oct. 31; Philadelphia, Pa., Spectrum

Nov. 5; Toronto, Ont., Skydome

Nov. 6; Montreal, Que., Molson Centre

Nov. 8; Cleveland, Ohio, Gund Arena

Nov. 9; Detroit, Mich., The Palace

Nov. 13; Miami, Fla., Miami Arena

Nov. 14; Orlando, Fla., Orlando Arena

Nov. 15; Tampa, Fla., Ice Palace

Nov. 18; Houston, Texas, Compaq Center

Nov. 19; Dallas, Texas, Reunion Arena

Nov. 20; San Antonio, Texas, Alamodome

Nov. 24; Chicago, Ill., Rosemont Horizon

Nov. 29; Denver, Colo., McNichols Arena

Dec. 1; Salt Lake City, Utah, Delta Center

Dec. 4; Vancouver, B.C., PNE Coliseum

Dec. 6; Portland, Ore., Rose Garden Amphitheater

Dec. 7; Seattle, Wash., Key Arena

Dec. 9; Sacramento, Calif., Arco Arena

Dec. 11; Oakland, Calif., Oakland Coliseum

Dec. 14; Phoenix, Ariz., America West Arena

Dec. 15; San Diego, Calif., Cox Arena

Dec. 18; Inglewood, Calif., Great Western Forum