Tour of the Universe (tour)

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Tour of the Universe
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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 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 A
Israel and Europe, Leg #1
6 May 2009 Esch-sur-Alzette Luxembourg Rockhal 6,500
10 May 2009 Tel Aviv Israel Itztadion Ramat Gan 51,000
8 June 2009 Leipzig Germany Zentralstadion 50,000
10 June 2009 Berlin Olympiastadion 68,500
12 June 2009 Frankfurt Commerzbank Arena 45,000
13 June 2009 Munich Olympiastadion 65,000
16 June 2009 Rome Italy Stadio Olimpico 50,070
18 June 2009 Milan Stadio Giuseppe Meazza 65,544
20 June 2009 Werchter Belgium TW Classic Festival 47,000
22 June 2009 Bratislava Slovakia Štadión Pasienky 31,500
23 June 2009 Budapest Hungary Stadion Puskás Ferenc 34,716
25 June 2009 Prague Czech Republic Synot Tip Arena 38,200
27 June 2009 Paris France Stade de France 69,005
28 June 2009 Nancy Le Zénith 16,763
30 June 2009 Copenhagen Denmark Parken Stadion 49,564
1 July 2009 Hamburg Germany HSH Nordbank Arena 54,000
3 July 2009 Arvika Sweden Arvika Festival 28,400
6 July 2009 Carcassonne France Esplanade Gambetta 11,500
8 July 2009 Valladolid Spain Estadio José Zorrilla 23,700
9 July 2009 Bilbao BBK Live Festival 26,000
North America
24 July 2009 Toronto, ON Canada Molson Canadian Amphitheatre 18,000
25 July 2009 Montreal, QC Centre Bell 14,000
28 July 2009 Bristow, VA United States Nissan Pavilion 22,000
31 July 2009 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center 17,000
1 August 2009 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Event Center 2,500
3 August 2009 New York City, NY Madison Square Garden 19,800
4 August 2009 19,800
7 August 2009 Chicago, IL Lollapalooza Festival 68,500
10 August 2009 Seattle, WA KeyArena 15,000
16 August 2009 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl 17,564
17 August 2009 17,564
19 August 2009 Anaheim, CA Honda Center 18,000
20 August 2009 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl 4,937
22 August 2009 Paradise, NV Pearl Concert Theater 2,500
23 August 2009 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center 12,000
25 August 2009 West Valley City, UT The E Center 10,000
27 August 2009 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre 9,000
29 August 2009 Dallas, TX SuperPages.com Center 16,000
30 August 2009 The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 14,000
1 September 2009 Atlanta, GA Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood 16,000
4 September 2009 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre 13,000
5 September 2009 Sunrise, FL BankAtlantic Center 16,000
Latin America
1 October 2009 Guadalajara Mexico Arena VFG 14,000
3 October 2009 Mexico City Foro Sol 55,000
4 October 2009 55,000
6 October 2009 Monterrey Arena Monterrey 17,000
8 October 2009 Alajuela Costa Rica Autódromo La Guácima 22,000
10 October 2009 Bogotá Colombia Parque Simón Bolívar 40,000
13 October 2009 Lima Peru Explanada Estadio Monumental 30,000
15 October 2009 Santiago Chile Club Hipico 50,000
17 October 2009 Buenos Aires Argentina Personal Fest 40,000
Europe, Leg #2
31 October 2009 Oberhausen Germany König Pilsener Arena 11,500
1 November 2009 Bremen AWD-Dome 12,000
3 November 2009 Hannover TUI Arena 12,000
7 November 2009 Mannheim SAP Arena 11,500
8 November 2009 Stuttgart Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle 13,000
10 November 2009 Geneva Switzerland Palexpo 20,000
12 November 2009 Valencia Spain Recinto Ferial 12,000
14 November 2009 Lisbon Portugal Pavilhão Atlântico 17,000
16 November 2009 Madrid Spain Palacio de Deportes 15,000
17 November 2009 15,000
20 November 2009 Barcelona Palau Sant Jordi 17,000
21 November 2009 17,000
23 November 2009 Lyon France Halle Tony Garnier 16,500
25 November 2009 Bologna Italy Futurshow Station 13,000
26 November 2009 Turin PalaOlimpico 12,000
28 November 2009 Erfurt Germany Messehalle 12,000
30 November 2009 Rotterdam Netherlands Ahoy 10,000
1 December 2009 Nuremberg Germany Arena Nürnberger Versicherung 10,000
3 December 2009 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle 15,000
6 December 2009 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion 14,000
7 December 2009 14,000
10 December 2009 Dublin Ireland The O2 11,000
12 December 2009 Glasgow United Kingdom SECC 10,000
13 December 2009 Birmingham LG Arena 12,000
15 December 2009 London O2 Arena 15,000
16 December 2009 15,000
18 December 2009 Manchester Evening News Arena 15,000
Europe, Leg #3
9 January 2010 Berlin Germany O2 World 12,000
11 January 2010 Budapest Hungary Papp László Sportaréna 12,000
14 January 2010 Prague Czech Republic O2 Arena 17,000
17 January 2010 Liévin France Stade Couvert Régional 12,000
19 January 2010 Paris Palais Omnisports Bercy 17,000
20 January 2010 17,000
23 January 2010 Antwerp Belgium Sportpaleis 17,000
25 January 2010 Malmö Sweden Malmö Arena 15,000
26 January 2010 Gothenburg Scandinavium 14,000
29 January 2010 Bergen Norway Vestlandshallen 10,000
31 January 2010 Stockholm Sweden Ericsson Globe 14,000
2 February 2010 Helsinki Finland Hartwall Areena 12,000
4 February 2010 Saint Petersburg Russia CKK Arena 19,000
6 February 2010 Moscow Olimpiyskiy 21,000
8 February 2010 Kiev Ukraine Palace of Sports 10,000
10 February 2010 Łódź Poland Atlas Arena 13,000
11 February 2010 13,000
14 February 2010 Zagreb Croatia Arena Zagreb 17,000
17 February 2010 London United Kingdom Royal Albert Hall 5,500
20 February 2010 O2 Arena 15,000
22 February 2010 Horsens Denmark CASA Arena 4,500
23 February 2010 4,500
26 February 2010 Düsseldorf Germany Esprit Arena 46,749
27 February 2010 46,749
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".

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