Tour of the Universe (tour)

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Tour of the Universe
Depeche Mode O2 15 12 09.JPG
Depeche Mode performing at the O2 Arena in London on 15 December 2009.
Concert tour by Depeche Mode
Location Asia, Europe, North America, South America
Associated album Sounds of the Universe
Start date 6 May 2009
End date 27 February 2010
Legs 5
Shows 102
70 in Europe
27 in North America
4 in South America
1 in Asia
Depeche Mode concert chronology
Touring the Angel
(2005–2006)
Tour of the Universe
(2009–2010)
The Delta Machine Tour
(2013–2014)

Tour of the Universe was a 2009/2010 worldwide concert tour by English electronic band Depeche Mode in support of the group's 12th studio album, Sounds of the Universe, which was released in April 2009.

The Live Nation-produced tour, which was announced in October 2008 in Berlin,[1] kicked off with a warm-up show in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg in May 2009. By the end of the year, the tour had reached Europe, Asia, North America and South America.

The concerts in Barcelona, Spain were filmed for the video release Tour of the Universe : Barcelona 20/21.11.09, which was released on 8 November 2010 in Europe and 9 November 2010 in North America on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.[2]

Overview[edit]

The tour commenced in May 2009 with a warm-up show in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg, followed by the first full-fledged date in Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv, Israel. The tour was disrupted as lead singer Dave Gahan was struck by a severe bout of gastroenteritis, which occurred before the band were to take to the stage in Athens.[3] Following subsequent cancellations of eight further shows, the tour was eventually confirmed to recommence in June while Gahan reportedly flew to the United States for treatment;[4] a low-grade malignant tumour in his bladder was found and successfully removed. Although a portion of the cancelled dates were rescheduled, the band's appearance at the Pinkpop Festival in the Netherlands was pulled, while all remaining dates and one of two dates in Leipzig, Germany were cancelled indefinitely due to "scheduling conflicts".

In June 2009, the band played their first show following Gahan's illness in Leipzig, resuming a European leg which eventually wrapped up in Bilbao, Spain. The tour was cut short after Gahan tore a calf muscle, forcing the cancellation of two dates in Porto, Portugal and Seville, Spain respectively.

In July 2009, the group began a tour of the U.S. and Canada. The leg, which featured a headline slot at the Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago,[5] started in Toronto and culminated in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in early September. In August, two dates in California were cancelled after Gahan received doctor's orders to serve a period of complete vocal rest.[6]

In October 2009, the band returned to North America to play four dates in Mexico. The leg continued on to Costa Rica and South America, their first shows in these territories since the Exotic Tour in 1994. The group received attention in the media following the group's performance in Peru after it was reported that Gahan thanked the wrong country. According to reports, Gahan said: "Thank you very much, Chile" towards the end of the concert held in Lima.[7] However, this claim was later disputed by a band representative, who quoted Gahan as saying: "Thank you very much, good night" instead.[8] The leg eventually finished up in Buenos Aires. Later in the month, the act began a European leg of indoor venues, which kicked off in Oberhausen, Germany and culminated mid-December in Manchester, United Kingdom.

In January 2010, the group commenced a third European leg in Berlin. The leg included five shows that were rescheduled following Gahan's illness in the summer of 2009. The tour also included a date as part of a series of concerts in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust, which was held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.[9] During this concert, the performances of "Home", "One Caress" and "Come Back" were accompanied by a seven-piece string section. Additionally, during the encore, former band member Alan Wilder made a surprise appearance onstage, accompanying Martin Gore's performance of "Somebody" on piano.[10] It was the first time Wilder had performed with the band in more than fifteen years, having exited the group in 1995. Speaking about the event, Wilder said that he was "happy to accept" Gahan's proposal to join the group onstage and stated that "[they] were long overdue some kind of reunion of this sort".[11] The entire tour eventually wrapped up in Düsseldorf, Germany in late February, after ten months and 102 shows in 32 countries. In total, the band performed to more than 2.7 million people. As reported by music industry publication Billboard, the tour was one of the most profitable in 2009, ending 20th in the magazine's "Top Tours" list.[12]

Similar to the group's previous tour, Touring the Angel, recordings of some of the tour's concerts were made available on double CD format or as a digital download under the generic name Recording the Universe.[13] A video release of the live concerts held at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona, Spain, titled Tour of the Universe : Barcelona 20/21.11.09, was released on 8 November 2010 in Europe and 9 November 2010 in North America on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. The DVD release was issued in two formats, "Deluxe" and "Super Deluxe", which both include two audio CDs of the live concerts. The "Super Deluxe" edition also includes a second DVD featuring the tour documentary, "Inside the Universe", as well as extra bonus materials.

Setlist[edit]

General setlist for
Israel, Europe, Leg #1,
North and South America
  1. "In Chains"
  2. "Wrong"
  3. "Hole to Feed"
  4. "Walking in My Shoes"
  5. "It's No Good"
  6. "A Question of Time"
  7. "Precious"
  8. "Fly on the Windscreen"
  9. Song performed by Martin Gore
  10. Song performed by Martin Gore
  11. "In Your Room"
  12. "I Feel You"
  13. "Enjoy the Silence"
  14. "Never Let Me Down Again"


  15. "Personal Jesus"
  16. "Waiting for the Night"
General setlist for
Europe, Leg #2 and #3


  1. "In Chains"
  2. "Wrong"
  3. "Hole to Feed"
  4. "Walking in My Shoes"
  5. "It's No Good"
  6. "A Question of Time"
  7. "Precious"
  8. "World in My Eyes"
  9. "Fly on the Windscreen"
  10. Song performed by Martin Gore
  11. Song performed by Martin Gore
    • "Home"
    • "Miles Away/The Truth Is"
    • "Come Back"
  12. "Policy of Truth"
  13. "In Your Room"
  14. "I Feel You"
  15. "Enjoy the Silence"
  16. "Never Let Me Down Again"

  17. Song performed by Martin Gore
    • "Somebody"
    • "A Question of Lust"
    • "Dressed in Black"
    • "One Caress"
  18. "Stripped"
  19. "Personal Jesus"

Note: Setlists differed between dates, with rotated songs (denoted above), possible minor song order changes and song omissions.

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue/Event
Israel and Europe, Leg #1
6 May 2009 Esch-sur-Alzette Luxembourg Rockhal
10 May 2009 Ramat Gan Israel Itztadion Ramat Gan
8 June 2009 Leipzig Germany Zentralstadion
10 June 2009 Berlin Olympiastadion
12 June 2009 Frankfurt Commerzbank Arena
13 June 2009 Munich Olympiastadion
16 June 2009 Rome Italy Stadio Olimpico
18 June 2009 Milan Stadio Giuseppe Meazza
20 June 2009 Werchter Belgium TW Classic Festival
22 June 2009 Bratislava Slovakia Štadión Pasienky
23 June 2009 Budapest Hungary Stadion Puskás Ferenc
25 June 2009 Prague Czech Republic Synot Tip Arena
27 June 2009 Saint-Denis France Stade de France
28 June 2009 Nancy Le Zénith
30 June 2009 Copenhagen Denmark Parken Stadion
1 July 2009 Hamburg Germany HSH Nordbank Arena
3 July 2009 Arvika Sweden Arvika Festival
6 July 2009 Carcassonne France Esplanade Gambetta
8 July 2009 Valladolid Spain Estadio José Zorrilla
9 July 2009 Bilbao BBK Live Festival
North America
24 July 2009 Toronto, ON Canada Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
25 July 2009 Montreal, QC Centre Bell
28 July 2009 Bristow, VA United States Nissan Pavilion
31 July 2009 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
1 August 2009 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Event Center
3 August 2009 New York City, NY Madison Square Garden
4 August 2009
7 August 2009 Chicago, IL Lollapalooza Festival
10 August 2009 Seattle, WA KeyArena
16 August 2009 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
17 August 2009
19 August 2009 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
20 August 2009 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
22 August 2009 Paradise, NV Pearl Concert Theater
23 August 2009 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center
25 August 2009 West Valley City, UT The E Center
27 August 2009 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
29 August 2009 Dallas, TX SuperPages.com Center
30 August 2009 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
1 September 2009 Atlanta, GA Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
4 September 2009 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre
5 September 2009 Sunrise, FL BankAtlantic Center
Latin America
1 October 2009 Guadalajara Mexico Arena VFG
3 October 2009 Mexico City Foro Sol
4 October 2009
6 October 2009 Monterrey Arena Monterrey
8 October 2009 Alajuela Costa Rica Autódromo La Guácima
10 October 2009 Bogotá Colombia Parque Simón Bolívar
13 October 2009 Lima Peru Explanada Estadio Monumental
15 October 2009 Santiago Chile Club Hipico
17 October 2009 Buenos Aires Argentina Personal Fest
Europe, Leg #2
31 October 2009 Oberhausen Germany König Pilsener Arena
1 November 2009 Bremen AWD-Dome
3 November 2009 Hannover TUI Arena
7 November 2009 Mannheim SAP Arena
8 November 2009 Stuttgart Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle
10 November 2009 Geneva Switzerland Palexpo
12 November 2009 Valencia Spain Recinto Ferial
14 November 2009 Lisbon Portugal Pavilhão Atlântico
16 November 2009 Madrid Spain Palacio de Deportes
17 November 2009
20 November 2009 Barcelona Palau Sant Jordi
21 November 2009
23 November 2009 Lyon France Halle Tony Garnier
25 November 2009 Casalecchio di Reno Italy Futurshow Station
26 November 2009 Turin PalaOlimpico
28 November 2009 Erfurt Germany Messehalle
30 November 2009 Rotterdam Netherlands Ahoy
1 December 2009 Nuremberg Germany Arena Nürnberger Versicherung
3 December 2009 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle
6 December 2009 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion
7 December 2009
10 December 2009 Dublin Ireland The O2
12 December 2009 Glasgow United Kingdom SECC
13 December 2009 Birmingham LG Arena
15 December 2009 London O2 Arena
16 December 2009
18 December 2009 Manchester Evening News Arena
Europe, Leg #3
9 January 2010 Berlin Germany O2 World
11 January 2010 Budapest Hungary Papp László Sportaréna
14 January 2010 Prague Czech Republic O2 Arena
17 January 2010 Liévin France Stade Couvert Régional
19 January 2010 Paris Palais Omnisports Bercy
20 January 2010
23 January 2010 Antwerp Belgium Sportpaleis
25 January 2010 Malmö Sweden Malmö Arena
26 January 2010 Gothenburg Scandinavium
29 January 2010 Bergen Norway Vestlandshallen
31 January 2010 Stockholm Sweden Ericsson Globe
2 February 2010 Helsinki Finland Hartwall Areena
4 February 2010 Saint Petersburg Russia CKK Arena
6 February 2010 Moscow Olimpiyskiy
8 February 2010 Kiev Ukraine Palace of Sports
10 February 2010 Łódź Poland Atlas Arena
11 February 2010
14 February 2010 Zagreb Croatia Arena Zagreb
17 February 2010 London United Kingdom Royal Albert Hall
20 February 2010 O2 Arena
22 February 2010 Horsens Denmark CASA Arena
23 February 2010
26 February 2010 Düsseldorf Germany Esprit Arena
27 February 2010
Rescheduled dates
21 May 2009 Zagreb, Croatia Arena Zagreb Resheduled to 14 February 2010.
30 May 2009 London, United Kingdom O2 Arena Resheduled to 20 February 2010.
2 June 2009 Hamburg, Germany HSH Nordbank Arena Resheduled to 1 July 2009.
4 June 2009 Düsseldorf, Germany Espirit Arena Resheduled to 26 February 2010.
5 June 2009 Düsseldorf, Germany Espirit Arena Resheduled to 27 February 2010.
2 July 2009 Bergen, Norway Koengen Arena Resheduled to 29 January 2010.
Cancelled dates
12 May 2009 Athens, Greece Terra Vibe Park Performance cancelled due to Dave Gahan's severe bout of gastroenteritis.
14 May 2009 Istanbul, Turkey Santralİstanbul Date cancelled due to Dave Gahan's severe bout of gastroenteritis.
16 May 2009 Bucharest, Romania Parcul Izvor Date cancelled due to Dave Gahan's severe bout of gastroenteritis.
18 May 2009 Sofia, Bulgaria Vasil Levski National Stadium Date cancelled due to Dave Gahan's severe bout of gastroenteritis.
20 May 2009 Belgrade, Serbia Park Ušće Date cancelled due to Dave Gahan's severe bout of gastroenteritis.
23 May 2009 Warsaw, Poland Stadion Gwardii Date cancelled due to Dave Gahan's severe bout of gastroenteritis.
25 May 2009 Riga, Latvia Skonto Stadions Date cancelled due to Dave Gahan's severe bout of gastroenteritis.
27 May 2009 Vilnius, Lithuania Žalgirio Stadionas Date cancelled due to Dave Gahan's severe bout of gastroenteritis.
31 May 2009 Landgraaf, Netherlands Pinkpop Festival Date cancelled due to Dave Gahan's severe bout of gastroenteritis.
7 June 2009 Leipzig, Germany Zentralstadion Date cancelled due to Dave Gahan's severe bout of gastroenteritis.
11 July 2009 Porto, Portugal Super Bock Super Rock Festival Date cancelled due to Dave Gahan's leg injury.
12 July 2009 Seville, Spain Estadio Olímpico Date cancelled due to Dave Gahan's leg injury.
12 August 2009 Mountain View, United States Shoreline Amphitheatre Date cancelled after Dave Gahan was required to serve a period of complete vocal rest.
14 August 2009 Chula Vista, United States Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre Date cancelled after Dave Gahan was required to serve a period of complete vocal rest.
22 October 2009 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Citibank Hall Date cancelled due to "logistics of recently rescheduled European dates".
24 October 2009 São Paulo, Brazil Arena Anhembi Date cancelled due to "logistics of recently rescheduled European dates".
4 December 2009 Graz, Austria Stadthalle Graz Date cancelled due to "rescheduling of a number of postponed dates".

Box office score data[edit]

Venue City Tickets Sold/Available Gross Revenue
Olympiastadion Berlin 65,657 / 65,657 (100%) $5,222,754
Olympiastadion Munich 60,293 / 60,293 (100%) $4,813,137
Stadio Olimpico Rome 44,070 / 46,018 (95%) $2,659,287
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza Milan 57,544 / 65,194 (88%) $3,226,549
Puskás Ferenc Stadion Budapest 34,716 / 35,034 (99%) $1,962,877
Stade de France Saint-Denis 65,005 / 65,005 (100%) $5,662,502
Le Zenith Nancy 16,763 / 24,000 (69%) $1,152,827
Parken Copenhagen 41,564 / 43,676 (95%) $4,025,283
Molson Canadian Amphitheatre Toronto 16,128 / 16,128 (100%) $891,358
Centre Bell Montreal 10,910 / 12,250 (89%) $956,412
Nissan Pavilion Bristow 13,667 / 22,519 (60%) $485,344
Comcast Center Mansfield 7,672 / 13,805 (55%) $437,544
Madison Square Garden New York City 26,860 / 26,860 (100%) $2,452,781
Lollapalooza Chicago 225,000 / 225,000 (100%) $14,082,461
Key Arena Seattle 9,376 / 9,823 (95%) $596,030
Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles 34,919 / 35,128 (99%) $2,771,625
Honda Center Anaheim 12,430 / 13,094 (94%) $962,349
Santa Barbara Bowl Santa Barbara 4,937 / 4,937 (100%) $374,323
US Airways Center Phoenix 7,635 / 13,617 (56%) $481,535
The E Center West Valley City 6,601 / 9,777 (67%) $368,823
Red Rocks Amphitheatre Morrison 8,679 / 8,726 (99%) $678,597
Superpages.com Center Dallas 14,813 / 19,978 (74%) $737,727
Ford Amphitheater Tampa 9,904 / 11,107 (89%) $420,429
BankAtlantic Center Sunrise 12,665 / 14,537 (87%) $795,039
Arena VFG Guadalajara 14,234 / 14,234 (100%) $1,253,820
Foro Sol Mexico City 88,380 / 99,962 (88%) $4,190,448
Club Hipico Santiago 40,280 / 43,500 (92%) $2,506,375
Personal Fest Buenos Aires 25,468 / 35,000 (72%) $1,809,877
Recinto Ferial Valencia 10,369 / 15,000 (69%) $777,571
Palacio de Deportes Madrid 30,409 / 31,216 (97%) $2,264,030
Palau Sant Jordi Barcelona 34,193 / 35,920 (95%) $2,629,710
Halle Tony Garnier Lyon 15,331 / 16,928 (90%) $1,041,300
Futurshow Station Casalecchio di Reno 12,880 / 12,880 (100%) $868,512
Palasport Olimpico Turin 10,758 / 10,758 (100%) $717,431
Ahoy Rotterdam 10,655 / 10,655 (100%) $701,984
Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre Glasgow 9,587 / 9,587 (100%) $624,252
LG Arena Birmingham 13,014 / 13,014 (100%) $846,222
The O2 Arena London 47,928 / 47,928 (100%) $3,505,430
Evening News Arena Manchester 14,726 / 14,726 (100%) $954,781
Papp László Budapest Sportaréna Budapest 13,345 / 13,345 (100%) $950,155
Stade Couvert Régional Liévin 11,256 / 11,256 (100%) $824,290
Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy Paris 32,239 / 32,239 (100%) $2,326,230
Malmö Arena Malmö 10,967 / 10,967 (100%) $796,804
Scandinavium Gothenburg 10,595 / 10,595 (100%) $824,189
Vestlandshallen Bergen 8,100 / 10,500 (77%) $974,204
Ericsson Globe Stockholm 13,970 / 13,970 (100%) $987,427
Hartwall-areena Helsinki 11,626 / 11,837 (98%) $911,278
Atlas Arena Łódź 31,064 / 31,064 (100%) $1,801,840
Royal Albert Hall London 5,079 / 5,079 (100%) $518,843
Esprit Arena Düsseldorf 90,693 / 93,498 (97%) $7,430,991
TOTAL 1,394,545 / 1,517,821 (91%) $99,255,587

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