World Violation Tour

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World Violation Tour
Concert by Depeche Mode
Associated albumViolator
Start date28 May 1990
End date27 November 1990
No. of shows88
43 in North America
38 in Europe
6 in Asia
1 in Oceania
Depeche Mode concert chronology

The 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.[1] It was estimated that by the end of the tour, Depeche Mode had toured to 1.2 million fans.[2]

Tour details[edit]

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).[3]

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;[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] The jaunt lasted two months and concluded with the final show of the tour in Birmingham, UK, 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.[4]

The performance of the group's cover of "Route 66", which was originally recorded with lead vocals by Martin Gore, was sung live by lead singer Dave Gahan on this tour.

Industrial band Nitzer Ebb opened for the band in North America.[6] 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."[6]


  1. "Kaleid-Crucified" (Intro)
  2. "World in My Eyes"
  3. "Halo"
  4. "Shake the Disease"
  5. "Everything Counts" (Tim Simenon/Mark Saunders Remix)
  6. "Master and Servant"
  7. "Never Let Me Down Again" (Split and Aggro Mixes)
  8. "Waiting for the Night"
  9. Song performed by Martin Gore
  10. Song performed by Martin Gore
  11. "Clean"
  12. "Stripped"
  13. "Policy of Truth"
  14. "Enjoy the Silence" (with bits from the 'Bass Line' remix)
  15. "Strangelove"
  16. "Personal Jesus"
    encore 1
  17. "Black Celebration"
  18. "A Question of Time"
    encore 2
  19. "Behind the Wheel"
  20. Song performed by Dave Gahan

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue/Event
North America
28 May 1990 Pensacola United States Pensacola Civic Center
30 May 1990 Orlando Orlando Arena
31 May 1990 Miami Miami Arena
2 June 1990 Tampa USF Sun Dome
4 June 1990 Atlanta Coca-Cola Lakewood Amphitheatre
6 June 1990 Columbia Merriweather Post Pavilion
8 June 1990 Saratoga Springs Saratoga Performing Arts Center
9 June 1990 Mansfield Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts
10 June 1990
13 June 1990 Philadelphia The Spectrum
14 June 1990
16 June 1990 East Rutherford Giants Stadium
18 June 1990 New York City Radio City Music Hall
21 June 1990 Montreal Canada Montreal Forum
22 June 1990 Toronto CNE Grandstand
24 June 1990 Burgettstown United States Coca-Cola Star Lake Amphitheater
25 June 1990 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center
26 June 1990 Cuyahoga Falls Blossom Music Center
28 June 1990 Clarkston Pine Knob Music Theatre
29 June 1990
30 June 1990 Milwaukee Marcus Amphitheater
2 July 1990 Tinley Park World Music Theatre
3 July 1990
5 July 1990 The Woodlands Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
6 July 1990
8 July 1990 Dallas Coca-Cola Starplex Amphitheatre
9 July 1990
11 July 1990 Morrison Red Rocks Amphitheatre
12 July 1990
14 July 1990 Calgary Canada Olympic Saddledome
16 July 1990 Vancouver Pacific Coliseum
18 July 1990 Portland United States Memorial Coliseum
20 July 1990 Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheatre
21 July 1990
22 July 1990 Sacramento Cal Expo Amphitheatre
25 July 1990 Salt Lake City Salt Palace
27 July 1990 Phoenix Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum
28 July 1990 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena
29 July 1990
31 July 1990
1 August 1990 Universal City Universal Amphitheatre
4 August 1990 Los Angeles Dodger Stadium
5 August 1990
31 August 1990 Sydney Australia Hordern Pavilion
4 September 1990 Fukuoka Japan Shimin Kaikan Dai Hall
6 September 1990 Kobe World Memorial Hall
8 September 1990 Kanazawa Ishikawa Kōsei Nenkin Kaikan
9 September 1990 Nagoya Nagoya Civic Assembly Hall
11 September 1990 Tokyo Nippon Budokan
12 September 1990
28 September 1990 Brussels Belgium Forest National
29 September 1990 Dortmund Germany Westfalenhallen
30 September 1990
2 October 1990 Copenhagen Denmark Valby-Hallen
3 October 1990
5 October 1990 Gothenburg Sweden Scandinavium
6 October 1990 Stockholm Stockholm Globe Arena
8 October 1990 Frankfurt Germany Festhalle Frankfurt
9 October 1990 Hanover Messehalle Hanover
11 October 1990 Lyon France Halle Tony Garnier
12 October 1990 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion
14 October 1990 Frankfurt Germany Frankfurt Festhalle
15 October 1990 Stuttgart Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle
17 October 1990 Munich Olympiahalle
21 October 1990 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
22 October 1990
23 October 1990
25 October 1990 Liévin Stade Couvert Régional
26 October 1990 Rotterdam Netherlands Rotterdam Ahoy
28 October 1990 Hamburg Germany Alsterdorfer Sporthalle
29 October 1990
31 October 1990 Berlin Deutschlandhalle
1 November 1990
3 November 1990 Strasbourg France Rhénus Sport
5 November 1990 Barcelona Spain Palau Sant Jordi
7 November 1990 Madrid Palacio de Deportes
9 November 1990 Marseille France Palais des sports de Marseille
11 November 1990 Milan Italy Palatrussardi
12 November 1990 Rome PalaEur
14 November 1990 Bordeaux France Patinoire de Mériadeck
15 November 1990
17 November 1990 Brest Parc des expositions de la Penfeld
19 November 1990 London United Kingdom Wembley Arena
20 November 1990
22 November 1990 Birmingham NEC Arena
23 November 1990 London Wembley Arena
26 November 1990 Birmingham NEC Arena
27 November 1990

Remaining contents of the tour[edit]

Even though the tour is one of the most popular among fans, Depeche Mode never released any official content from the World Violation Tour for commercial purposes.

For a fan question, then-member Alan Wilder stated that the reason behind that was the fact that there was too little time lapsed from Music For The Masses Tour to release a new live EP from the tour, as the previous one was filmed and was released on the famous 101.[7]

The lack of commercial release doesn't mean that there is no professional recording from the tour. Two concerts of the American leg of the tour, one in San Francisco and one in LA, were recorded by the staff of the stadium. The second one was even released on a small series promotional CD in Latvia, with as many as 250 printed copies.[8]

The band thought for more than a decade that there were only short scenes filmed from the tour by TV channels. But the previously mentioned LA tour has a whole length video recording as well, which still waits to be fully released, as the band only issued 90 seconds long parts of each song on their website in 2012.[9] They recalled the discovery that way.

"While on a week long break in England back in 2002, the band's webmaster raided their office in London. Among the treasures discovered was a videotape with a very simple, hand-written label ("Dodgers 080490″). Dust covered, and sitting in the office since the end of the tour, this tape would have surely been lost and/or forgotten, if the webmaster had not "borrowed" it from the offices."

The videoclip of World In My Eyes includes live footages made by Anton Corbijn at Depeche's two-nights gig in Tinley Park, IL, 02-03. July 1990.


  • Dave Gahan – lead vocals
  • Martin Gore – guitar, synthesizers, samplers, percussion pads, lead and backing vocals
  • Alan Wilder – synthesizers, samplers, percussion pads, drums, backing vocals
  • Andrew Fletcher – synthesizers, samplers, percussion pads, backing vocals


  • Miller, Jonathan. Stripped: The True Story of Depeche Mode. Omnibus Press, 2004. ISBN 1-84449-415-2


  1. ^ "Depeche Mode".
  2. ^ Weidenbaum, Marc (May 1993), "Fashion Victims", Pulse! Magazine (114): 48–53
  3. ^ a b Giles, Jeff (12–26 July 1990), "Depeche Mode Interview", Rolling Stone magazine (582/583): 60–65
  4. ^ a b Miller, p. 299
  5. ^ Miller, p. 301
  6. ^ a b "Rolling Stone Summer Music Guide 1990", Rolling Stone magazine insert, 1990, page 4
  7. ^ [url],_Mountainview,_San_Francisco,_CA,_USA/Source_1[/url]
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