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Depeche Mode tour
Eighties electro pop legends have announced first tour since 200607 October 2008 - Depeche Mode have announced a massive World Tour for 2009.
The Tour of the Universe will coincide with a new album from the band and will see them playing the O2 Arena in London on 30 May, their only UK date.
Their 12th album is scheduled for release in April and the European leg will see Depeche Mode perform in 28 cities, in 28 countries.
One thousand fans were invited to the news conference in Berlin’s Olympic stadium yesterday (6 October).
On their last tour, the icons – who formed in 1980 - sold nearly two million tickets.
As for what we should expect on the tour, lead singer Dave Gahan says: "You can expect a lot of songs that I hope you have grown to love as much as we have and some new songs as well, hopefully from the new album.
"There is a lot of people involved in what we do, we have worked with great people over the years. Some of those people we will continue to work with and some will be new.
“But it's always a challenge for us to work with people and for them to come up with new ideas of how we will present the songs."
It kick starts in Tel Aviv on 10 May and speaking at a press conference, the band insisted that they have no issues with playing the country, despite having to cancelling a concert there two years ago due to security concerns.
Keyboardist Andy Fletcher said: “We don't regard Israel as being permanently in a war situation. It just was very unlucky at the last tour, it just happened for that period, so we were very unlucky. But we've never been scared going to places like Belfast, places that had conflicts. But we wouldn't go into a war territory."
It winds up at Porto’s Superbock Super Rock Festival on 11 July.
Fans can purchase tickets from livenation.co.uk.
"You can expect a lot of songs that I hope you have grown to love as much as we have and some new songs as well."
Full World Tour dates below:
Sun 10 - TEL AVIV, Ramat Gan Stadium Israel
Tue 12 - ATHENS, Terra Vibe Park Greece
Thu 14 - ISTANBUL, Santral Istanbul Turkey
Sat 16 - BUCHAREST, Parc Izvor Romania
Mon 18 - SOFIA, Vasil Levski Stadium, Tuborg Greenfest Bulgaria
Wed 20 - BELGRADE, USCE Park, Tuborg Greenfest Serbia
Thu 21 - ZAGREB, Arena, Tuborg Greenfest Croatia
Sat 23 - WARSAW, Gwardia Stadium Poland
Mon 25 - RIGA, Skonto Stadium Latvia
Wed 27 - VILNIUS, Zalgirio Stadionas Lithuania
Sat 30 - LONDON, O2 Arena UK
Tue 2 - HAMBURG, HSH Nordbank Arena Germany
Thu 4 - DUSSELDORF, LTU Arena Germany
Sun 7 - LEIPZIG, Zentralstadion Germany
Wed 10 - BERLIN, Olympiastadion Germany
Fri 12 - FRANKFURT, Commerzbank Arena Germany
Sat 13 - MUNICH, Olympiastadion Germany
Tue 16 - ROME, Stadio Olimpico Italy
Thu 18 - MILAN, Stadio San Siro Italy
Sat 20 - WERCHTER, TW Classic Festival Belgium
Mon 22 - BRATISLAVA, Inter Stadium Slovakia
Tue 23 - BUDAPEST, Puskas Ferenc Stadium Hungary
Thu 25 - PRAGUE, Slavia Stadium Czech Republic
Sat 27 - PARIS, Venue TBC France
Tue 30 - COPENHAGEN, Parken Stadium Denmark
Thu 2 - BERGEN, Koengen Norway
Fri 3 - ARVIKA, Arvika Festival Sweden
Sat 11 - PORTO, Superbock Super Rock Festival Portugal