Depeche Mode confirm first live shows in 5 years + new LP ‘Memento Mori’

English electronic dance/rock legends Depeche Mode held a special event in Berlin today, which saw the band announce their first live shows in 5 years in the form of a world tour in 2023. The extensive outing (see dates below) will be in support of the band’s just-revealed new album ‘Memento Mori,’ which drops in the spring.

Here’s more info from the presser:
In a break from tradition, Dave Gahan and Martin Gore revealed today that the Live Nation-presented tour will begin with a special, limited series of North American arena dates starting March 23rd, before the band heads to Europe for their summer stadium tour. These limited North American dates will feature stops at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Chicago’s United Center, Los Angeles’ Kia Forum and Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena, among others. The band will then begin their European stadium tour on May 16th, with noted stops including the Stade de France in Paris, Berlin’s Olympic Stadium, Milan’s San Siro Stadium, and London’s Twickenham Stadium.”

Regarding their new album ‘Memento Mori,’ guitarist and vocalist Martin Gore said,We started work on this project early in the pandemic, and its themes were directly inspired by that time. After Fletch’s passing, we decided to continue as we’re sure this is what he would have wanted, and that has really given the project an extra level of meaning.”

Lead vocalist Dave Gahan added, “Fletch would have loved this album. We’re really looking forward to sharing it with you soon, and we can’t wait to present it to you live at the shows next year.”

As the band note, they are still mourning the death of keyboardist and founding member Andy “Fletch” Fletcher, who passed away earlier this year.

‘Memento Mori’ will follow the band’s 2017 full-length release, ‘Spirit.’

Memento Mori World Tour 2023 (North America):
March 23 Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center [TIX]
March 25 San Jose, CA SAP Center [TIX]
March 28 Los Angeles, CA Kia Forum [TIX]
March 30 Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile Arena [TIX]
April 2 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center [TIX]
April 5 Chicago, IL United Center [TIX]
April 7 Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena [TIX]
April 9 Quebec City, QC Videotron Centre [TIX]
April 12 Montreal, QC Centre Bell [TIX]
April 14 New York, NY Madison Square Garden [TIX]

Memento Mori World Tour 2023 (Europe/UK):
May 16 Amsterdam, NL Ziggo Dome [TIX]
May 20 Antwerp, BE Sportpaleis Antwerpen
May 23 Stockholm, SE Friends Arena [TIX]
May 26 Leipzig, DE Leipziger Festwiese [TIX]
May 28 Bratislava, SK Národný Futbalový Štadión
May 31 Bordeaux, FR Matmut Atlantique
June 2 Barcelona, ES Primavera Sound Festival
June 4 Dusseldorf, DE Merkur Spiel-Arena [TIX]
June 6 Dusseldorf, DE Merkur Spiel-Arena [TIX]
June 9 Madrid, ES Primavera Sound Festival
June 11 Bern, CH Stadion Wankdorf [TIX]
June 14 Dublin, IE Malahide Castle [TIX]
June 17 London, UK Twickenham Stadium [TIX]
June 20 Munich, DE Olympiastadion [TIX]
June 22 Lille, FR Stade Pierre Mauroy
June 24 Paris, FR Stade de France
June 27 Copenhagen, DK Parken [TIX]
June 29 Frankfurt, DE Deutsche Bank Park [TIX]
July 4 Lyon, FR Groupama Stadium
July 7 Berlin, DE Olympiastadion [TIX]
July 12 Rome, IT Stadio Olympico [TIX]
July 14 Milan, IT San Siro [TIX]
July 16 Bologna, IT Stadio Renato Dall’Ara [TIX]
July 21 Klagenfurt, AT Wörthersee Stadion [TIX]
July 23 Zagreb, HR Arena Zagreb
July 26 Bucharest, RO Arena Națională
July 28 Budapest, HU Puskás Aréna
July 30 Prague, CZ Letňany Airport [TIX]
August 2 Warsaw, PL PGE Narodowy [TIX]
August 6 Tallinn, EE Tallinna Lauluväljak
August 8 Helsinki, FI Kaisaniemen Puisto [TIX]
August 11 Oslo, NO Telenor Arena [TIX]

Concert photo by Rodrigo Fredes

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