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article imageDepeche Mode are back for the Tour of the Universe 2009

By Michael Cosgrove     Apr 26, 2009 in Entertainment
Quintessential British electro-rock band Depeche Mode kick off a gigantic world, sorry, universal, tour on May 6th. It is scheduled to end in February next year, although more dates are still being added to the one hundred already announced.
This is great news for their millions of fans. Depeche Mode are already one of the world’s biggest ever acts, and this tour promises to reinforce that status. Their latest album ‘Sounds of the Universe’ is in your record store now.
Formed in 1980, they immediately took off, and quickly established themselves as one of the leading bands of the British-led electronic New Wave era, along with Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and the Pet Shop Boys. They are still in great shape almost thirty years on and are the only band from that movement which can still fill stadiums all over the world.
The band’s line up has changed slightly over the years, but core members Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, and Andrew Fletcher have remained, and are supplemented on stage by various backing musicians.
Their list of achievements is more than impressive, with over 100 million records sold, over forty charted singles in the UK alone, and number one albums in numerous countries across the world.
Their success is founded upon one simple idea, which is to write instantly catchy and seminal songs, often of anthemic proportions. Worldwide hits include ‘Just can’t get enough’, ‘People are People’, ‘Master and Servant’ and ‘Shake the Disease’, although fans could quite easily come up with twenty others.
If there is anyone on earth still unfortunate enough not to have become familiar with their work, many singles compilations are available, details of which can be found on the band’s website.
One of the best and most original ways of appreciating just how good their songs are, apart from listening to their recordings of course, would be to listen to the tribute album ‘For the Masses’, issued in 1998, which features stunning covers of their songs from the likes of the Cure, Smashing Pumpkins, the Deftones and Rammstein. That groups of this calibre would record covers of Depeche Mode songs is a glowing testimony to the esteem in which they are held by everyone in the music business.
I’m going to buy tickets for their Lyon show quick, before it sells out. A Depeche Mode concert is stellar, and that's when they are having an off day, which is never. They are known for their spectacular lighting sets and wonderful sound.
Oh, and my preferred song? There are too many to be able to choose, but this video of 'I Feel You' from 2006 is pretty good.
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