This Week in Electronic Music — Depeche Mode Announces Tour


This week in electronic music, Depeche Mode announced their Global Spirit Tour.

The tour is to support the band’s 14th studio album, Spirit, which is due out March 17.

The tour kicks off in Sweden on May 5 and will make 33 stops in Europe before moving to North America for a 36-date run this summer.

North American dates include Toronto, Montreal, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Vancouver.

For more information on ticket sales and how to purchase them, visit the band’s website.

Depeche Mode Announces Tour

By Chris Molanphy · May 5, 2014

Depeche Mode today announced a mammoth global tour in support of their forthcoming thirteenth studio album, Delta Machine. The rock-electronic pioneers will hit North America late this summer and early fall, beginning with a two-night stand at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on August 22 and 23. From there they’ll make 32 stops, including Chicago’s United Center (9/6), New York City’s Madison Square Garden (9/10), and Toronto’s Air Canada Centre (9/12).

The European leg, which starts October 5 in Nice, France, includes shows at Berlin’s O2 World (11/11), London’s O2 Arena (11/18), and Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome (11/21). An Australian trek follows in March 2015. Tickets for the U.S. dates go on sale Friday, May 16, at 10 am local time.

Delta Machine is out March 26 through Columbia Records.

Depeche Mode has announced plans for a world tour to support their upcoming album Sounds of the Universe. The first leg of the tour, which hits Europe and North America, is scheduled for March through July, with more dates to be added later.

Depeche Mode will launch their tour in Tel Aviv on May 10th and play throughout Europe before starting their North American dates on June 16th in Toronto. The band has not been on tour since 2006, when they played an extensive run in support of their album Playing the Angel.

The band has also released a new single from their upcoming album entitled Wrong. Listen below.

Depeche Mode have announced the first dates of a planned global tour, which will support their upcoming album Sounds Of The Universe.

The band’s first studio album in four years is due out on April 21st. The tour will begin in Berlin on May 10th and continue through June 25th, with additional dates to be announced.

“Our last few albums have been written against the backdrop of some pretty traumatic personal experiences,” singer Dave Gahan said in a statement. “This time around we’ve found ourselves in a much more positive frame of mind and that has fed into the creative process.”

Sounds Of The Universe was produced by Ben Hillier (Blur, Doves) and mixed by Mark “Spike” Stent (U2, Björk). Lyrics for the album were co-written with Christian Eigner and Andrew Phillpott (Depeche Mode touring members since 1996).

Depeche Mode is embarking on a world tour in support of their upcoming album, Sounds of the Universe. The group will play over 40 shows across the globe, beginning in Toronto on May 7th. The band will headline major festivals across Europe before returning to North America for more dates in August and September.

Sounds of the Universe, the band’s 12th studio album and follow-up to 2005’s Playing the Angel, will be released on April 20th through Capitol Records/Mute. The record was recorded in Santa Barbara, California and New York City in 2008, with production by Ben Hillier (Blur, Elbow) and Mark “Flood” Ellis (U2, Nine Inch Nails).

Electronic music is music that employs electronic musical instruments and electronic music technology in its production, an electronic musician being a musician who composes and/or performs such music. In general a distinction can be made between sound produced using electromechanical means and that produced using electronics only. Electromechanical instruments include mechanical elements, such as strings, hammers, and so on, and electric elements, such as magnetic pickups, power amplifiers and loudspeakers. Examples of electromechanical sound producing devices include the telharmonium, Hammond organ, and the electric guitar, which are typically made loud enough for performers and audiences to hear with an instrument amplifier and speaker cabinet. Pure electronic instruments do not have vibrating strings, hammers, or other sound-producing mechanisms. Devices such as the theremin, synthesizer, and computer can produce electronic sounds.

The electronic music pioneers at Deutsche Grammophon have announced their complete remastering of the influential German band’s original catalogue.

The 14-CD boxed set will include the band’s first seven albums, recorded between 1981 and 1988, plus compilations The Singles 81-85, The Singles 86-98 and Remixes 81-04.

The set will be released on May 20.


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