World Violation Tour
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|Concert by Depeche Mode|
|Start date||28 May 1990|
|End date||27 November 1990|
|No. of shows||88
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. 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, 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.
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" (Split Mix version)
- "Waiting for the Night"
- Song performed by Martin Gore
- Song performed by Martin Gore
- "Policy of Truth"
- "Enjoy the Silence" (with bits from the 'Bass Line' remix)
- "Personal Jesus"
- encore 1
- "Black Celebration"
- "A Question of Time"
- encore 2
- "Behind the Wheel"
- "Route 66" (Nat King Cole cover)
|Note:||Setlist additions featuring multiple songs are options which were rotated between dates.|
Remaining contents of the tour
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.
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.
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. 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."
- 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
- 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