Earlier this year, Depeche Mode were rocked by the sudden death of founding keyboardist Andy "Fletch" Fletcher, who passed in May at age 60. In his honor, surviving band members Dave Gahan and Martin Gore will continue onward, and today (October 4th) they've announced two major reasons for Depeche Mode fans to be excited.
One is a new album, titled Memento Mori, which is set to arrive in spring 2023. It's the new-wave band's 15th studio album overall and first since 2017's Spirit, and the band said that it will reflect the downcast vibes of the pandemic's onset in early 2020.
"We started work on this project early in the pandemic, and its themes were directly inspired by that time," Gore said in a press statement. "After Fletch's passing, we decided to continue as we're sure this is what he would have wanted, and that has really given the project an extra level of meaning."
"Fletch would have loved this album," Gahan added. "We're really looking forward to sharing it with you soon, and we can't wait to present it to you live at the shows next year."
That's the second piece of big news. To pair with Memento Mori's release next year, Depeche Mode will embark on a massive world tour that begins in North America in March 2023 and wraps up in Oslo, Norway, in August. It'll be the 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee's first live shows in five years, and the kickoff goes down in Sacramento on March 23rd.
We'll have to wait a little longer to hear a single from Memento Mori, but for now, you can see the full list of Depeche Mode tour dates below. More information on ticket on-sale dates is available here.
Depeche Mode 2023 tour dates:
03-23 Sacramento, CA - Golden 1 Center
03-25 San Jose, CA - SAP Center
03-28 Los Angeles, CA - Kia Forum
03-30 Las Vegas, NV - T-Mobile Arena
04-02 San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center
04-05 Chicago, IL - United Center
04-07 Toronto, Ontario - Scotiabank Arena
04-09 Quebec City, Quebec - Videotron Centre
04-12 Montreal, Quebec - Centre Bell
04-14 New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
05-16 Amsterdam, Netherlands - Ziggo Dome
05-20 Antwerp, Belgium - Sportpaleis Antwerpen
05-23 Stockholm, Sweden - Friends Arena
05-26 Leipzig, Germany - Leipziger Festwiese
05-28 Bratislava, Slovakia - Národný Futbalový Štadión
05-31 Bordeaux, France - Matmut Atlantique
06-02 Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival
06-04 Dusseldorf, Germany - Merkur Spiel-Arena
06-06 Dusseldorf, Germany - Merkur Spiel-Arena
06-09 Madrid, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival
06-11 Bern, Switzerland - Stadion Wankdorf
06-14 Dublin, Ireland - Malahide Castle
06-17 London, England - Twickenham Stadium
06-20 Munich, Germany - Olympiastadion
06-22 Lille, France - Stade Pierre Mauroy
06-24 Paris, France - Stade de France
06-27 Copenhagen, Denmark - Parken
06-29 Frankfurt, Germany - Deutsche Bank Park
07-04 Lyon, France - Groupama Stadium
07-07 Berlin, Germany - Olympiastadion
07-12 Rome, Italy - Stadio Olympico
07-14 Milan, Italy - San Siro
07-16 Bologna, Italy - Stadio Renato Dall'Ara
07-21 Klagenfurt, Austria - Wörthersee Stadion
07-23 Zagreb, Croatia - Arena Zagreb
07-26 Bucharest, Romania - Arena Națională
07-28 Budapest, Hungary - Puskás Aréna
07-30 Prague, Czechia - Letňany Airport
08-02 Warsaw, Poland - PGE Narodowy
08-06 Tallinn, Estonia - Tallinna Lauluväljak
08-08 Helsinki, Finland - Kaisaniemen Puisto
08-11 Oslo, Norway - Telenor Arena