Depeche Mode have tentatively scheduled their 14th studio album, titled Spirit, for a spring 2017 release.
The band made the announcement at a heavily promoted press conference from Milan, broadcasting the news — as well as a few snippets of new music — live via their social media feeds. Tracked in Santa Barbara and New York with producer James Ford, the new LP reportedly features additional synth programming from techno star Matrixxman.
In addition to releasing Spirit, the veteran trio plan to hit the road for what they're calling the Global Spirit Tour. The band revealed they're beginning in Europe, with 32 shows in 21 countries from May through July. North and South American dates will be announced at a later date. A portion of the tour proceeds is being set aside to benefit the charity: water organization. For complete information, visit Depeche Mode's website.
Depeche Mode's Spirit announcement arrives several weeks after they shared the news of the impending arrival of Video Singles Collection, a triple-disc collection offering a career-spanning visual overview of their singles discography. That set, which offers 55 videos in all, is due Nov. 11.
News of a new Depeche Mode LP, while certainly exciting for fans, is not entirely unexpected. In January, band member Martin L. Gore predicted they'd return to the studio in April — and his comments came several months after singer Dave Gahan mused, "If we were to work in the same pattern that we have over the last, God knows how many years, I suppose our plan would be to go into the studio sometime next year and release an album some point in 2017. … I think we have more in us."
Depeche Mode have extended their tour in support of last year's Spirit into 2018. Specifically, they've added nine more arena shows in select North American cities due to "overwhelming fan demand."
They'll begin on May 22 at the Honda Center in Anaheim, and conclude at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on June 11. In between they'll hit Sacramento, San Antonio, Tulsa, Chicago, Philadelphia, Brooklyn and Boston. Check below for the dates and venues.
Tickets are going on sale to the general public on Feb. 16 at Live Nation and their apps. Times vary based on the location, so check Live Nation for full details. Fans can register for a pre-sale that begins Feb. 12 at 10AM local time though Ticketmaster's Verified Fan program at their website, and Citi cardholders have access to another pre-sale that takes place at Citi PrivatePass, also beginning on Feb. 12 at 10 AM local time.
Last year's Global Spirit Tour played to 1.87 million fans across 73 dates, including four at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, bringing in $141.1 million. It was the sixth highest-grossing tour of 2017, according to concert industry publication Pollstar, with U2 topping the list and Coldplay coming in third.
Depeche Mode Global 'Spirit' Tour - North American 2018 Dates
May 22 -- Anaheim, CA, Honda Center
May 24 -- Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center
May 27 -- San Antonio, TX, AT&T Center
May 29 -- Tulsa, OK, BoK Center
June 1 -- Chicago, IL, United Center
June 3 -- Philadelphia, PA, Wells Fargo Center
June 6 -- Brooklyn, NY, Barclays Center
June 9 -- Boston, MA, TD Garden
June 11 -- Toronto, ON, Air Canada Centre
Press Conference Depeche Mode 'Global Spirit Tour', Milan, Italy 11.10.2017
EUROPA (Part One)
05.05 - Stockholm (Sweden) - Friends Arena
07.05 - Amsterdam (Netherlands) - Ziggo Dome
09.05 - Antwerp (Belgium) - Sportpaleis
12.05 - Nice (France) - Stade Charles-Ehrmann
14.05 - Ljubljana (Slovenia) - Dvorana Stožice
17.05 - Athens (Greece) - Terra Vibe Park
20.05 - Bratislava (Slovakia) - Štadión Pasienky
22.05 - Budapest (Hungary) - Groupama Aréna
24.05 - Prague (Czech Republic) - Eden Aréna
27.05 - Leipzig (Germany) - Festwiese
29.05 - Lille (France) - Stade Pierre-Mauroy
31.05 - Copenhagen (Denmark) - Telia Parken
03.06 - London (United Kingdom) - London Stadium
05.06 - Cologne (Germany) - RheinEnergieStadion
07.06 - Dresden (Germany) - Ostragehege
09.06 - Munich (Germany) - Olympiastadion
11.06 - Hannover (Germany) - HDI Arena
12.06 - Hannover (Germany) - HDI Arena
18.06 - Zurich (Switzerland) - Letzigrund Stadion
20.06 - Frankfurt (Germany) - Commerzbank-Arena
22.06 - Berlin (Germany) - Olympiastadion
25.06 - Rome (Italy) - Stadio Olimpico
27.06 - Milan (Italy) - Stadio San Siro
29.06 - Bologna (Italy) - Stadio Rentao Dall'Ara
01.07 - Paris (France) - Stade de France
04.07 - Gelsenkirchen (Germany) - Veltins-Arena
06.07 - Bilbao (Spain) - BBK Live Festival
08.07 - Lisbon (Portugal) - NOS Alive Festival
13.07 - St. Petersburg (Russia) - SKK
15.07 - Moscow (Russia) - Otkritie Arena
17.07 - Minsk (Belarus) - Minsk-Arena « Cancelled due to illness of Dave Gahan (a disorder of the stomach)
19.07 - Kiev (Ukraine) - Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex
21.07 - Warsaw (Poland) - PGE Narodowy
23.07 - Cluj-Napoca (Romania) - Cluj Arena
23.08 - Salt Lake City, UT (USA) - USANA Amphitheatre
25.08 - Denver, CO (USA) - Pepsi Center
27.08 - Detroit, MI (USA) - DTE Energy Music Theatre
30.08 - Chicago, IL (USA) - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
01.09 - Uncasville, CT (USA) - Mohegan Sun Arena
03.09 - Toronto, ON (Canada) - Air Canada Centre
05.09 - Montreal, QC (Canada) - Centre Bell
07.09 - Washington, DC (USA) - Verizon Center
09.09 - New York, NY (USA) - Madison Square Garden
11.09 - New York, NY (USA) - Madison Square Garden
13.09 - Tampa, FL (USA) - MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre « Cancelled due to Hurricane Irma impact