The members of Depeche Mode thought they had said good-bye to the road five years ago, but have decided to mount a tour this fall that will mark the band's first tour since frontman Dave Gahan's 1996 heroin bust and subsequent rehab.
"When we finished the last tour, we thought maybe it would be the last Depeche Mode tour, but we've since recorded what we think is a very good album," keyboardist Andrew Fletcher said at a press conference in Germany last week when the band announced its tour plans.
"We've been in the studio for the last three months, recorded new material. This next tour which we're all very happy about, we think it's going to be one of the best Depeche Mode tours... We're going to be doing all our best tracks from the last 10 to 12 years [800k QuickTime], so it's going to be a historical perspective and we're very much looking forward to it."
The band's setlist looks as if it will echo the
upcoming two-record collection of singles due out in October dubbed "The Singles, 86 to 98." As we reported earlier this month (see "Depeche Mode To Tour U.S. In Winter"), the band's tour will be in support of that CD, which will also feature a couple of new tracks, the first fresh material from the band since 1997's "Ultra." The first single, "Only When I Lose Myself," will be released to radio in late September with the tour kicking off in Eastern Europe earlier that month.
The band said that such a hits-happy setlist in concert is only natural after so many years together.
"I think there's about 16 songs over the last 12 years or so that... we don't even argue about, that we feel we have to play," guitarist Martin Gore added. "You know, that is how it is. There are 16 songs or so that I think people would feel cheated if we didn't play, so we build from that. So there's 16 songs you
probably know we'll play."
"The last 16 singles," [450k QuickTime] Gahan noted.
The U.S. leg of the DM tour starts in late October, with the band promising to play multiple-night stands at arena size venues.
No dates are available just yet, but we'll keep you posted.
There's also a Depeche Mode tribute album due in August, with tracks by Smashing Pumpkins, the Cure, God Lives Underwater, the Deftones, and more.