30 years in the making!
It’s been a long wait for Depeche Mode fans in Australia, but it seems the band are finally set to announce their return.
As noted by Aussie fan page Depeche Down Under, in a new interview with Italian blog Pierluigi Piccini, vocalist Dave Gahan let slip that they’ll be heading our way in support of their new album, Memento Mori.
Speaking about future plans, Gahan revealed they have “a series of as-yet-unannounced dates in Asia and Australia, through spring 2024”, their first down under in 30 years.
A petition was launched last year when Depeche Mode’s ‘world tour’ was announced and excluded Australia.
The British band’s last tour of Australia was in 1994 in support of Songs Of Faith And Devotion.
Set for release this Friday, Memento Mori is the first Depeche Mode album since the passing of keyboardist and founding member Andrew Fletcher last May.
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It’s the follow-up to 2017’s Spirit and will see them embark on a massive tour this week that currently runs until December.
At a press conference in Berlin last October announcing their 15th studio album and accompanying tour dates, Martin Gore stated: “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.”
The Guardian has described Memento Mori as a "life-affirming farewell for Fletch", noting: "For a record preoccupied by death, its big heart bursts with life."