Depeche Mode 'Exciter Tour' 2001

Name tour:  

Exciter Tour

Tour dates:  

Start: 04 June 2001 / End: 05 November 2001

Total executed:  

28 songs

Total show:  



Dave Gahan:  

lead vocals

Martin Gore:  

guitar, synthesizers, lead and backing vocals

Andy Fletcher:  


Backup musicians:

Peter Gordeno:  

synthesizers, backing vocals

Christian Eigner:  


Jordan Bailey:  

backing vocals

Georgia Lewis:  

backing vocals



As their haunting new single "Dream On" gets ready to impact radio in a few days, DAVE GAHAN, MARTIN GORE and ANDREW FLETCHER today (March 13) announced the dates of DEPECHE MODE's "ExcitER Tour," a massive five-month, 24-country world tour, at a press conference in Hamburg, Germany. In America, "EXCITER TOUR" is being presented by MTV2.

The tour takes its name from the title of DEPECHE MODE's forthcoming album EXCITER, due out May 15 on Mute/Reprise. The journey launches June 15 in Montreal, Canada; reaches the United States June 19 in Minneapolis, Minnesota for a summer-long run of arenas and sheds; touches down overseas August 28 in Tallin, Estonia; and concludes October 30 in Istanbul, Turkey. This marks DEPECHE MODE's first concert tour since 1998's "The Singles Tour," where they played to over 1,000,000 fans in 18 countries.

Testifying to the vitality and growing popularity of DEPECHE MODE, the tour will bring the pioneering band, who've sold over 50 million albums, to such countries as Ukraine and Turkey for the first time. Says GORE: "We consider it our good fortune that our concert itinerary has expanded. Performing in front of new fans for the first time is an added bonus and inspires us to keep pushing forward creatively."

"ExcitER Tour" will again feature the innovative stage design of their longtime artistic collaborator Anton Corbijn. "Always weird, very Anton" is how GAHAN describes the unique visual element that Anton–who's photographed and created classic videos for the band–brings to their stage show. "Anton is someone who doesn't merely listen to our music, he gets inside of it and interprets it in a way that always surprises us."

From their 10 studio albums, DEPECHE MODE started with a list of 100 potential songs to perform, "narrowing it down to 25," reveals FLETCHER. Classic DEPECHE MODE songs will mingle with various songs from Exciter, which signals a new era of creativity for the band. Working for the first time with producer Mark Bell (best known for producing Bjork's Homogenic and Selmasongs), they've come up with an album where the sounds (electronic and acoustic) are strikingly varied, the songs are emotionally rich, and GAHAN's vocals are even more resonant than before. Which songs from EXCITER will make the set list? "We're actually wrestling with that decision right now," says FLETCHER.

For the upcoming dates, DEPECHE MODE are welcoming the return of the musicians who accompanied them on their last tour: Christian Eigner (drums), Peter Gordino (keyboards), and Janet Ramus and Jordan Bailey (backing vocals).

Meanwhile, the release of "Dream On" to radio will be followed shortly thereafter by the debut of the Stephane Sednaoui-directed video, shot in February in the desert near Barstow, California. Expect a video that will be as mysterious as the song itself, which contrasts skittering beats with acoustic guitars and lyrics like "It sucked you in, it dragged you down/To where there is no hallowed ground/Where holiness is never found." Fans anticipating EXCITER have been logging into the band's website ( to hear 30-second snippets of various songs from the album.

The initial "Exciter tour" dates are as follows. Note: venues for the North American dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

Press Release Date: Tue, 2001-03-13, 20:00


"One Night In Paris" 2001


Press Conference Depeche Mode 'Exciter Tour', Hamburg, Germany 13.03.2001


01. "Easy Tiger/Dream On" (Intro)

02. "The Dead of Night"

03. "The Sweetest Condition"

04. "Halo"

05. "Walking in My Shoes"

06. "Dream On"

07. "When the Body Speaks"

08. "Waiting for the Night"

09. "The Bottom Line" (Song performed by Martin Gore)

* "Surrender" (Song performed by Martin Gore)

* "Dressed in Black" (Song performed by Martin Gore)

* "Sister of Night" (Song performed by Martin Gore)

* "Condemnation" (Song performed by Martin Gore)

* "Judas" (Song performed by Martin Gore)

* "It Doesn't Matter Two" (Song performed by Martin Gore)

* "Somebody" (Song performed by Martin Gore)

10. "Breathe"

11. "Freelove"

12. "Enjoy the Silence"

13. "I Feel You"

14. "In Your Room" (Zephyr Mix version)

15. "It's No Good"

16. "I Feel Loved" (04.06 - 08.09)

17. "Personal Jesus"

18. "World Full of Nothing" (Song performed by Martin Gore)

19. "Home" (Song performed by Martin Gore)

* "World Full Of Nothing" (Song performed by Martin Gore) (05.11)

20. "Clean"

* "Condemnation"

21. "Black Celebration"

22. "Never Let Me Down Again"

SETLIST - Warm Up Show / Rehearsal

(04.06.2001 - Los Angeles, CA, USA (Roxy Theatre))

01. "Easy Tiger / Dream On" (Intro)

02. "Walking In My Shoes"

03. "Clean"

04. "Halo"

05. "When The Body Speaks"

06. "Breathe"

07. "Dream On"

08. "Enjoy The Silence"

09. "I Feel You"

10. "In Your Room"

11. "I Feel Loved"

12. "The Bottom Line"

13. "Personal Jesus"

Note: The show was by 600 people!



04.06 - Los Angeles, CA (USA) - Roxy Theatre (Warm Up Show / Rehearsal)

11.06 - Quebec, QC (Canada) - Colisee Pepsi Arena (Concert Rehearsal)

13.06 - Ottawa, ON (Canada) - Corel Centre (Concert Rehearsal)

15.06 - Montreal, QC (Canada) - Molson Centre (Official Start Of Tour)

16.06 - Toronto, ON (Canada) - Molson Amphitheatre

19.06 - St. Paul, MN (USA) - XCEL Energy Center

20.06 - Milwaukee, WI (USA) - Marcus Amphitheatre

22.06 - Chicago (Tinley Park), IL (USA) - New World Music Theater

23.06 - Detroit (Clarkston), MI (USA) - DTE Energy Music Theatre

24.06 - Cleveland (Cuyahoga Falls), OH (USA) - Blossom Music Center

27.06 - New York, NY (USA) - Madison Square Garden

28.06 - New York, NY (USA) - Madison Square Garden

30.06 - Philadelphia, PA (USA) - First Union Center

01.07 - Boston (Mansfield), MA (USA) - Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts

03.07 - Wantagh, NY (USA) - Jones Beach Amphitheatre

05.07 - Washington DC, MD (USA) - Merriweather Post Pavillion

07.07 - Ft. Lauderdale (Sunrise), FL (USA) - National Car Rental Center

08.07 - Tampa, FL (USA) - Ice Palace

09.07 - Atlanta, GA (USA) - Hi Fi Buys Amphitheatre

13.07 - New Orleans, LA (USA) - UNO Lakefront Arena

14.07 - Houston (The Woodlands), TX (USA) - Cynthia Wood Mitchell Pavillion

15.07 - San Antonio (Selma), TX (USA) - South Texas Amphitheatre

17.07 - Dallas, TX (USA) - Smirnoff Music Center

19.07 - Las Cruces, NM (USA) - Pan American Center

20.07 - Albuquerque, NM (USA) - Journal Pavilion

21.07 - Denver (Greenwood Village), CO (USA) - Fiddlers Green Amphitheatre

23.07 - Salt Lake City (West Valley City), UT (USA) - The E Center

27.07 - Portland, OR (USA) - Rose Garden Arena

28.07 - Vancouver, BC (Canada) - Pacific Coliseum

29.07 - Seattle (George), GA (USA) - Gorge Amphitheatre

01.08 - Sacramento (Marysville), CA (USA) - Sleep Train Amphitheatre

03.08 - Concord, CA (USA) - Chronicle Pavilion

04.08 - San Francisco (Mountain View), CA (USA) - Shoreline Amphithetre

05.08 - Santa Barbara, CA (USA) - Santa Barbara Bowl

08.08 - Las Vegas, NV (USA) - The Joint

10.08 - Phoenix, AZ (USA) - America West Arena

11.08 - San Diego (Chula Vista), CA (USA) - Coors Amphitheatre

14.08 - Los Angeles, CA (USA) - Staples Center Arena

15.08 - Los Angeles, CA (USA) - Staples Center Arena

18.08 - Anaheim, CA (USA) - Arrowhead Pond

19.08 - Anaheim, CA (USA) - Arrowhead Pond



28.08 - Tallinn (Estonia) - Lauluväljak

29.08 - Riga (Latvia) - Skonto Stadium

31.08 - Vilnius (Lithuania) - Vingio Parkas

02.09 - Warsaw (Poland) - Tor Służewiec

04.09 - Prague (Czech Republic) - Paegas Arena

05.09 - Berlin (Germany) - Waldbühne

06.09 - Berlin (Germany) - Waldbühne

08.09 - Hamburg (Germany) - Trabrennbahn Bahrenfeld

09.09 - Leipzig (Germany) - Festwiese

11.09 - Vienna (Austria) - Wiener Stadthalle

12.09 - Budapest (Hungary) - Kisstadion

14.09 - Kiev (Ukraine) - Palace of Sports CANCELLED due to problems receiving party (did not provide a decent platform for performances).

16.09 - Moscow (Russia) - Olympiski The organizers of the tour in Moscow, invited the group to make further concert 15.09, but the group refused.

18.09 - St. Petersburg (Russia) - SKK Indoor Arena

19.09 - Helsinki (Finland) - Hartwall Areena

21.09 - Stockholm (Sweden) - Globe Arena

22.09 - Oslo (Norway) - Spectrum

23.09 - Copenhagen (Denmark) Parken Stadium

25.09 - Amnéville (France) - La Galaxie

26.09 - Cologne (Germany) - Cologne Arena

27.09 - Cologne (Germany) - Cologne Arena

29.09 - München (Germany) - Olympiahalle

30.09 - München (Germany) - Olympiahalle

02.10 - Nürnberg (Germany) - Nürnberg Arena

03.10 - Stuttgart (Germany) - Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle

04.10 - Zürich (Switzerland) - Hallensatdion

06.10 - Oberhausen (Germany) - Arena Oberhausen

07.10 - Antwerpen (Belgium) - Sportpaleis

09.10 - Paris (France) - Palais Omnisports Bercy

10.10 - Paris (France) - Palais Omnisports Bercy

11.10 - Frankfurt (Germany) - Festhalle

13.10 - Barcelona (Spain) - Palau Saint Jordi

14.10 - Madrid (Spain) - Palacio Vistalegre

17.10 - London (UK) - Wembley Arena

18.10 - London (UK) - Wembley Arena

20.10 - Manchester (UK) - Manchester Evening News Arena

21.10 - Birmingham (UK) - National Exhibition Centre

23.10 - Lyon (France) - Halle Tony Garnier

24.10 - Milan (Italy) - Fila Forum

25.10 - Bologna (Italy) - PalaMalaguti

28.10 - Athens (Greece) - OAKA Indoor Hall

30.10 - Istanbul (Turkey) - Abdi Ipekci Arena

03.11 - Zagreb (Croatia) - Dom Sportova

05.11 - Mannheim (Germany) - Maimarkthalle


The band is now using session musicians for the second time on stage. Drummer Christian Eigner, keyboardist Peter Gordeno, backup singers Jordan Bailey and Georgia Lewis will complement the stage.

During the tour, the group will visit Lithuania, Turkey and Croatia for the first time.

08.09.2001 Hamburg, Germany, Trabrennbahn Bahrenfeld. 68,000 people at the concert.

09.09.2001 Leipzig, Germany, Festwiese. The biggest European concert has more than 72,000 fans. Despite the huge concert, the band does not perform three songs from the repertoire, due to extremely cold weather.


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