Depeche Mode back in France for 4 concerts

John Medina/Getty Images Following the death of Andy Fletcher in May, Depeche Mode and their leaders Dave Gahan and Martin Gore return to France for four concerts in 2023 (illustrative photo taken in California in October 2017).

John Medina/Getty Images

Following the death of Andy Fletcher in May, Depeche Mode and their leaders Dave Gahan and Martin Gore return to France for four concerts in 2023 (illustrative photo taken in California in October 2017).

MUSIC – They hadn’t come to France since a festival tour in 2018. The orphan of founding member Andy Fletcher, British synthetic pop pioneers Depeche Mode are releasing a new album in 2023. A world tour follows, the first in five years, which will take them notably to France.

This 15th studio album, entitled Memento Mori, is set to be released next March, the group’s lead singer Dave Gahan announced in Berlin on Tuesday. ” We have the opportunity to make music and play for you, hoping to bring you a sense of joy and solidarity in our small setting, in a world that seems to be constantly in some form of turmoil. Gahan said at a news conference.

Inspired by both the Covid pandemic and the loss of Fletcher, who died last May at the age of 60, the album will precede a tour, the band’s 19th, which will begin in March in California, Sacramento. Concerts are notably scheduled for June 24 in London, Berlin and Paris, but also in Bordeaux (May 31), Lille (June 22) and Lyon (July 4). Dates for which tickets go on sale October 11 at 10am

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When we were in the studio we used to joke a lot and talk about certain things and of course we missed ‘Fletch’. said Gahan. Fletcher will therefore take part in the tour” in spirit to judge us Depeche Mode originally consisted of keyboardist/songwriter Vince Clarke, keyboardist/singer/songwriter Martin Gore, keyboardist Andy Fletcher and singer/songwriter Dave Gahan. Vince Clarke left the band in late 1981 and was joined by Alan Wilder two years later replaced.

“Memento Mori” or ” Remember you must die “, in French, ” it looks very morbid but can also be seen in a very positive way, in the sense of ‘live every day to the fullest’ ‘ commented Martin Gore, the group’s main songwriter.

Depeche Mode has sold over 100 million records worldwide. His biggest hits include “Just can’t get enough”, “Everything Counts”, “Never Let Me Down Again” or “Walking in my Shoes”. Pioneers of synthetic pop in the early 1980s, they developed this genre to break free from it, opening up to guitars in the early 1990s.

The group, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2020, had immense success with the album Violator (1990), which notably includes the hits Personal Jesus and Enjoy the Silence. More recently his latest studio album, “Spirits”released in 2017, it was also followed by a tour of Europe and America.

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