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
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
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