Depeche Mode line up 1st album, tour in over 5 years

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Depeche Mode have lined up a brand new album and the band’s first dwell reveals in greater than 5 years, an announcement that comes months after the demise of founding member Andy “Fletch” Fletcher.


The band stated in Berlin on Tuesday that the album, “Memento Mori,” might be launched subsequent spring. The accompanying tour will begin with what’s billed as a “particular, restricted collection of North American enviornment dates” beginning March 23, forward of a summer time stadium tour in Europe.


Lead singer Dave Gahan stated he and fellow band mainstay Martin Gore began speaking in January about engaged on a brand new mission collectively. Gore had been writing “for some time, by way of the pandemic,” and got here up with the title — Latin for “Remember that you should die.”


“I preferred that instantly, simply because it kinda felt prefer it was proper for the imagery that was already creating in the songs — that life may be so fleeting and simply be there after which gone the subsequent minute,” Gahan informed The (*5*) Press.


“Living or not residing, and what are we doing whereas we live right here, that is … kinda what it is about,” he stated. “The album goes to take you on a little bit journey.”


Keyboardist Fletcher was about to affix the workforce in Santa Barbara, California, when he died in May and did not get to listen to any of the fabric, Gahan stated.


“I’m positive he would have had loads to say,” he added. “Probably the very first thing he would have stated was, `Why are there so many songs about demise?”‘


Fletcher fashioned the group that will develop into giants of British electro-pop together with fellow synthesizer gamers Gore and Vince Clarke, and Gahan, in Basildon, England in 1980.


“I’m positive that his absence in the studio in a way adjustments what we did, and that may occur once we carry out on stage as effectively,” Gahan stated. “We haven’t any intention of changing Fletch on stage. He did his personal factor there.”


“Memento Mori” might be Depeche Mode’s fifteenth studio album and the primary since 2017’s “Spirit.” What will come after that is not but clear.


“I do not know what there’s for us in the long run,” Gahan stated. “I by no means do. We by no means actually plan to do something past what we’re doing in the second.”


Next 12 months’s tour will take the band to New York’s Madison Square Garden, Chicago’s United Center, Los Angeles’ Kia Forum and Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena, amongst different stops. In Europe, venues will embody the Stade de France in Paris, Berlin’s Olympic Stadium and London’s Twickenham Stadium.

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