World Violation Tour
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|World Violation Tour|
|Concert tour by Depeche Mode|
|Start date||28 May 1990|
|End date||27 November 1990|
43 in North America
38 in Europe
6 in Asia
1 in Oceania
|Depeche Mode tour chronology|
World Violation Tour was a 1990 concert tour by English electronic group Depeche Mode in support of the act's seventh studio album, Violator, which was released in March 1990. It was estimated that by the end of the tour, Depeche Mode had toured to 1.2 million fans.
The band rehearsed for the tour in Pensacola, Florida, the same city where the tour kicked off. It was the first time the band has performed live in the state, and the band received some flak from locals who didn't understand their appearance ("I've been called a faggot about twenty times today, mostly from guys leaning out of trucks. This is sort of a backward place, isn't it?" noted Alan Wilder).
The tour kicked off with a North American leg in late May, finishing up in early August in Los Angeles at Dodger Stadium. The North American dates were met with high demand with sellouts in Dallas, Chicago, Orlando, Tampa and Miami; 42,000 tickets for the concert at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey had reportedly been sold within four hours of going on sale, while the Dodger Stadium shows had sold out on the first day of sale. Later in the month, the group played a sole date in Australia, in Sydney, prior to a six-date tour of Japan in September. Following the Japanese dates, the band commenced a European tour, beginning in Brussels in late September. The leg included three dates at the Palais Omnisports Bercy in Paris, where the group performed to approximately 50,000 people. The jaunt lasted two months and concluded with the final show of the tour in Birmingham, U.K. in late November.
The projections were made by Anton Corbijn, whose work was projected on large video screens. The tour required approximately 100 stage crew and 11 articulated lorries to transport the stage set.
Industrial band Nitzer Ebb opened for the band in North America. Rolling Stone magazine called out the tour as one of the highlights of the 1990 summer music scene, saying "These British synth poppers offer post-industrial melancholy you can dance to. And their misery certainly loves company - on their last tour, they sold out the Rose Bowl."
- "Kaleid-Crucified" (Intro)
- "World in My Eyes"
- "Shake the Disease"
- "Everything Counts" (Tim Simenon/Mark Saunders Remix version)
- "Master and Servant"
- "Never Let Me Down Again"
- "Waiting for the Night"
- Song performed by Martin Gore
- Song performed by Martin Gore
- "Policy of Truth"
- "Enjoy the Silence"
- "Personal Jesus"
- encore 1
- "Black Celebration"
- "A Question of Time"
- encore 2
- "Behind the Wheel"
- "Route 66"
|Note:||Setlist additions featuring multiple songs are options which were rotated between dates.|
- Dave Gahan – lead vocals
- Martin Gore – guitar, keyboards, percussion pads, lead and backing vocals
- Alan Wilder – keyboards, percussion pads, drums, backing vocals
- Andrew Fletcher – keyboards, percussion pads, backing vocals
- Miller, Jonathan. Stripped: The True Story of Depeche Mode. Omnibus Press, 2004. ISBN 1-84449-415-2
- Weidenbaum, Marc (May 1993), "Fashion Victims", Pulse! magazine (114): 48–53
- Giles, Jeff (12-26 July 1990), "Depeche Mode Interview", Rolling Stone magazine (582/583): 60–65
- Miller, p. 299
- Miller, p. 301
- "Rolling Stone Summer Music Guide 1990", Rolling Stone magazine insert, 1990, page 4