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Re: 2017: Spirit and Global Spirit Tour
« Reply #45 on: 06 October 2016 - 20:57:11 »
2016-10-06 - Radio FFH (Germany) - Geheimnisvolle Pressekonferenz In Mailand

http://www.ffh.de/musik/hit-news/toController/Topic/toAction/show/toId/80938/toTopic/depeche-mode-geheimnisvolle-pressekonferenz-in-mailand.html

Geheimnisvolle Pressekonferenz In Mailand
Depeche Mode haben eine ganze Weile nichts von sich hören lassen, jetzt ist es wieder soweit: Am kommenden Dienstag, dem 11. Oktober gibt's in der norditalienischen Metropole Mailand eine geheimnisvolle Pressekonferenz, auf der Bedeutsames für Band und Fans verkündet werden soll.
Neues Album? Neue Tour? Neues Bandmitglied? Die Rückkehr von Vince Clark? Was genau ansteht, ist noch nicht bekannt. Aber die Fans seien beruhigt: Es wird wohl - bei diesem Anlauf, den Dave und Co zur Verkündigung nehmen - nichts Negatives sein...
Mit HIT RADIO FFH zur geheimnisvollen Pressekonferenz von Depeche Mode!
Du bist Hessens größter Depeche Mode-Fan? Dann bist du vielleicht live dabei, auf der exklusiven Pressekonferenz in Mailand. Was werden Dave Gahan, Martin Gore und Andrew Fletcher verkünden? Wir fliegen dich nach Italien – zu einer der erfolgreichsten Bands der Welt: Depeche Mode!
Ruf Freitag früh ab fünf in der FFH-Morningshow an: 069/19725. Wir losen unter allen Anrufern aus.
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Re: 2017: Spirit and Global Spirit Tour
« Reply #46 on: 08 October 2016 - 21:16:28 »
2016-10-08 - Ticketmaster.fr (France) - Tickets for Lille 2017 for sale

[Several fans have reported that for about two hours, they could buy concert tickets for Lille on Mai 29th 2017 on this site: http://www.ticketmaster.fr/fr/manifestation/depeche-mode-billet/idmanif/387185. The page has been taken offline since then. (In unrelated news, several Polish fansites stated today that they are sure that DM will play in Warsaw on 2017-07-21, such as this site.) Several fans have posted photos of their Lille ticket purchases.
Photo sources:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/119831635205/permalink/10158399936560206
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154976123538912&set=a.10150442405628912.366005.580983911&type=3
https://www.facebook.com/DepecheModeTatooDevotees/photos/a.485406314849922.105174.485404714850082/1245921698798376/?type=3



[This local newspaper has reported on the incident:]

https://www.facebook.com/groups/devoteesoftheuniverse/permalink/1518810261478213/



http://www.lavoixdunord.fr/56489/article/2016-10-08/comment-une-grosse-erreur-nous-revele-que-depeche-mode-sera-au-stade-pierre

VILLENEUVE D’ASCQ
Comment une grosse erreur nous a révélé que Depeche Mode sera au Stade Pierre-Mauroy le 29 mai
Par B. MASSEBOEUF

Les tickets pour le concert des Britanniques au Stade Pierre-Mauroy ont temporairement été mis en vente ce samedi après-midi sur un site de billetterie. Une grosse erreur, à deux jours et demi de l’annonce de la prochaine tournée mondiale, prévue en grande pompe mardi à Milan.

Damien Castelain, président de la Métropole Européenne de Lille, l’annonçait récemment : le grand stade allait vibrer en 2017, prédisant « quatre à six concerts de classe et de rayonnement internationaux », sans pouvoir en dire plus alors. Il attendait les annonces officielles dans les semaines suivantes.
Parmi elles, on peut déjà confirmer le nom de Depeche Mode, qui évoluera en configuration « boîte à spectacle », le lundi 29 mai, trois ans et demi après un premier rendez-vous manqué faute de chauffage. Les places, bientôt ouvertes à la vente, iront de 59 à 89,90€.

Énorme « fail »
Tout était pourtant calé pour la conférence de presse événement, organisée à Milan mardi 11. Un teasing soigné pour faire monter la pression, avec un mystérieux compte à rebours sur le site officiel du groupe.
C’est là et pas ailleurs que devaient être dévoilées aux fans et à la presse les dates de leur future tournée mondiale et, sans doute, la sortie d’un nouvel album.

Un énorme fail en a décidé autrement. Ce samedi, à 13h, des personnes « initiées » ont pu acheter des places pour le concert lillois du 29 mai, sur le site de Ticketmaster. La vente a fonctionné pendant près de deux heures, avant d’être fermée en milieu d’après-midi !
Cette énorme erreur a aussi permis d’en savoir plus sur le nom du futur album, « Global Spirit » avec la tournée « Global Spirit Tour » qui en découle.
Il y a dû avoir quelques noms d’oiseaux échangés du côté de Live Nation ces dernières heures...


[And this website reported on it in video format:]

http://www.vip.de/videos/vip-videos/depeche-mode-dumm-gelaufen-468825.html

Depeche Mode: Dumm gelaufen!
Eigentlich wollte die Band die Fans informieren
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Re: 2017: Spirit and Global Spirit Tour
« Reply #47 on: 09 October 2016 - 01:45:43 »
2016-10-08 - New photo has been leaked:

[Looking scrutinously at the exact moment when this photo appeared on all social media, it seems that this Tumblr user has uploaded this photo first: http://lelikblaster.tumblr.com/post/151527562964.]

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Re: 2017: Spirit and Global Spirit Tour
« Reply #48 on: 11 October 2016 - 23:42:49 »
2016-10-11 - Depeche Mode - Press Release

http://www.depechemode.com/article/the-global-spirit-tour

Depeche Mode Announce Global Spirit Tour

Tour to kick off May 5, 2017 in Stockholm, Sweden Depeche Mode’s new studio album Spirit to be released in early 2017

MILAN, ITALY (October 11, 2016) – Depeche Mode, one of modern music’s most influential artists, announced today at a special event in Milan that they will be embarking on a world tour in May 2017 to support their new studio album, Spirit, due to be released in early 2017. Following the release of the album, the Global Spirit Tour will provide lifelong fans and new fans alike with an opportunity to see the band’s ground-breaking and intensely emotive shows.

The first leg of the Global Spirit Tour will see Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher play to more than 1.5 million fans in 32 cities in 21 countries across Europe. The tour starts at Stockholm’s Friends Arena on May 5, 2017, and will play fan-favourite venues including Paris’ Stade de France, San Siro in Milan, and Berlin’s Olympiastadion. Additional tour stops include new stadiums for the band such as London Stadium, Otkritie Arena in Moscow, and Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The European leg ends July 23 with a final stadium show in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Please see below for full tour routing and information.

Following the European tour dates in Summer 2017, the Global Spirit Tour will continue with shows in North and South America. The Global Spirit Tour will be the band’s 18th tour and will mark their first live performances in over three years. The band’s last tour, the Delta Machine Tour, played to over 2.5 million fans at sold-out shows across Europe and North America and was one of 2013’s largest and best selling tours. On the Global Spirit Tour the band will continue their charity partnership with Swiss watch maker Hublot, raising money and awareness for Charity: Water toward their mission of providing safe drinking water to everyone in the world.

Spirit will be the musical pioneers’ 14th studio album and the follow-up to 2013’s critically acclaimed Delta Machine, which reached a top five chart position in 26 countries and the number one position in 12 countries. Spirit is being produced by James Ford, founding member of the band Simian Mobile Disco, whose recent production work includes albums by Florence and the Machine and Arctic Monkeys. Spirit will be released in early 2017 via Columbia Records worldwide.

Speaking in Milan, Dave Gahan commented, “We’re exceptionally proud of Spirit’s sound and energy, and we’re excited to get back on tour to share it with our fans around the world.”

Having sold over 100 million records and played live to more than 30 million fans worldwide, Depeche Mode refuse to become complacent, with innumerable artists citing them as inspirations and critics celebrating them as “still blazing trails” and “becoming more and more significant as time passes”. Spirit and the Global Spirit Tour are poised to continue this history of musical innovation and the band’s critical and commercial success.

The Global Spirit Tour – Summer 2017 European Tour Dates

May 5 Stockholm, Sweden Friends Arena
May 7 Amsterdam, Netherlands Ziggo Dome
May 9 Antwerp, Belgium Sportpaleis
May 12 Nice, France Stade Charles-Ehrmann
May 14 Ljubljana, Slovenia Dvorana Stožice
May 17 Athens, Greece Terra Vibe Park
May 20 Bratislava, Slovakia Štadión Pasienky
May 22 Budapest, Hungary Groupama Aréna
May 24 Prague, Czech Republic Eden Aréna
May 27 Leipzig, Germany Festwiese
May 29 Lille, France Stade Pierre-Mauroy
May 31 Copenhagen, Denmark Telia Parken
June 3 London, United Kingdom London Stadium
June 5 Cologne, Germany RheinEnergieStadion
June 9 Munich, Germany Olympiastadion
June 11 Hannover, Germany HDI Arena
June 18 Zurich, Switzerland Letzigrund Stadion
June 20 Frankfurt, Germany Commerzbank-Arena
June 22 Berlin, Germany Olympiastadion
June 25 Rome, Italy Stadio Olimpico
June 27 Milan, Italy Stadio San Siro
June 29 Bologna, Italy Stadio Rentao Dall’Ara
July 1 Paris, France Stade de France
July 4 Gelsenkirchen, Germany Veltins-Arena
July 6 Bilbao, Spain BBK Live Festival
July 8 Lisbon, Portugal NOS Alive Festival
July 13 St. Petersburg, Russia SKK
July 15 Moscow, Russia Otkritie Arena
July 17 Minsk, Belarus Minsk-Arena
July 19 Kiev, Ukraine Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex
July 21 Warsaw, Poland PGE Narodowy
July 23 Cluj-Napoca, Romania Cluj Arena
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Re: 2017: Spirit and Global Spirit Tour
« Reply #49 on: 11 October 2016 - 23:48:04 »
2016-10-11 - Depeche Mode - Press conference (livestream)

[It was first announced on DepecheMode.com that the livestream could be watched there, but its server quickly crashed. Luckily the press conference was also streamed live on Facebook, where it did not crash and where the video can still be watched. The press conference started with a teaser that had snippets of songs of the new album.]

https://www.facebook.com/depechemode/videos/10155177520110329/

[Towncivilian transcribed the entire livestream for this site: https://www.depechemode-live.com/wiki/2016-10-11_Press_Conference,_Teatro_dell%27Arte,_La_Triennale_di_Milano,_Milan,_Italy.]

Andrew "Fletch" Fletcher: "Hi everyone."

Dave Gahan: "Ciao, Milano."

Audience member: "Dave sei unico." (Dave, you are unique!)

Dave: "Exactly!"

Dave: "So uhm... you have to bear with me, I have some cards here to help me get through this. So first we want to welcome all of the press, and the fans, and all the guests who are here with us today. And of course, to all the fans online watching this live now. We appreciate being here today, speaking for Martin and Fletch and myself. We're really happy to be here together."

Dave: "I'm excited to announce that we spent the last couple of years writing and recording a new record. Don't all applause at once!"

Dave: "We've been working together this year in Santa Barbara and in New York, and it's all coming together really well. We're really pleased with what we're doing. And we've brought a really small sample here of what we've been working on to just give you a little taste of what we're doing. And we'd like to play that for you now if that's alright. Should be a little film. So, enjoy it."

[album snippets play]

Dave: "Thank you. As you saw, the new album is going to be called 'Spirit', and we're working to get that album out early next Spring."

Dave: "We've been working on the album with a new team, it's been produced by James Ford, and he's helped us to make what we feel is a very incredible sounding record. We hope you like it, we're very proud of it. Right boys?"

Fletch and Martin Gore in unison: "We are."

Dave: "Alright, well, I think that's about it."

Fletch: "Haven't we forgot something else that's happening next year?"

Dave: "Uhh... let me think about that..."

Martin: "Was it about the hair dresser?"

Dave: "Oh yeah, we've got to announce that we don't have a hair dresser on the next tour."

Dave: "We want to announce that we will be going on the road, of course, once the album is released in the spring. And we're going to be calling the tour the 'Global Spirit' tour."

Dave: "At this point, I'd like to bring out our touring host here in Italy, Roberto Di Luca, and our dear friend, Marek Lieberberg from Germany, to talk a little bit more about the tour. So thanks."

Roberto Di Luca: "Thank you, grazie. [Italian dialog regarding tour]"

Marek Lieberberg: "Thank you Roberto. I will now translate this..."

Marek: "First and foremost, it's Triennale Theatre le Arte, almost three years later, more than three years, but it seems to be that's the rhythm... and of course we're very grateful and very excited that Depeche Mode will be going on the "Global Spirit" tour. The band is going to reach out to one-and-a-half million fans all over Europe. It's going to be 32 concerts, mostly open-air and stadiums, in 21 countries. The last tour that Depeche Mode did, the 'Delta Machine' tour, it had about 2.5 million people. So in this, leg by leg, step by step, we go on and Europe is one-and-a-half, so I think that is an amazing figure. The tour is going on sale this week, and I'd like to tell you it starts off in Stockholm, Sweden on May 5th, it then goes to Amsterdam, to Antwerp, Nice, Ljubljana in Slovenia, Athens, Bratislava in Slovakia, Budapest, Prague in the Czech Republic, then our first German show in Leipzig on May 27th, followed by Lille in France, Copenhagen, (who put together this tour plan? sorry, heh), London at the London Stadium I believe that is; Cologne, Germany; Munich, Germany; Hannover, Zurich, Frankfurt, Berlin, Rome, Milano, and Bologna. Paris, France; Gelsenkirchen, Germany; Bilbao, Spain; Lisbon; St. Petersburg in Moscow; Minsk in Belarus; Kiev in Ukraine; Warsaw, Poland; and finishing up on July 23rd in Cluj, Romania. Quite amazing. As I said, the tour is going on sale at the end of this week or Thursday / Friday tickets will be on sale, but really we want to open this up now as usual to the floor with questions from the media, questions from the Internet, questions from fans... and before we open that up, really Martin, I have a question, and I think it's very important, very dear to all of you, Andy, and Dave, and that's charity: water; I think this tour also is going to be for charity: water, it's going to collect money for charity, it's going to raise awareness; maybe you'll tell us a little bit about your charity: water."

Martin: "Yes. I also have some notes, even though I only have a little bit to say. [laughter] We want to announce that we will be partnering with our friends at Hublot again to continue our support of charity: water. If you don't know charity: water, you should. They're an amazing organization whose goal is to bring clean, safe drinking water to everybody on the planet. On the last tour, with our fans' help, we were able to raise over 1.4 million for charity: water."

Martin: "Those funds specifically brought clean water to people in Kenya, Cambodia, Ethiopia, and Rwanda. We'll be announcing more information soon on this important project, and how you can get involved. There are still a lot of people in the world without clean drinking water. The end."

Dave: "I'd just like to say one more thing as well, just a big thanks of course to... he's not-often-mentioned, but he's sitting over there, Mr. Jonathan Kessler, our manager, and ....... have helped put this all together as well. Without them we wouldn't be sitting here, so I wanted to say thanks. And I guess we're now going to answer some questions."

Marek: "We explained already people are going to raise their hands, and then we're going to have our wonderful helpers to hand them over the microphone, it's one question per person, they'll attempt it to be in English, which is the language of our press conference, and now Mr. Roberto Di Luca, please would you choose a member of the cherished Italian press team to put the first question to the band."

Roberto: "Okay, let's start down there ... Luca ... are you there? Okay, here you are. Do you want to start?"

Luca: "Thank you for the start Roberto, and thank you for being here in Italy to start this trip that is going to be very very long. I would like to know something about the aesthetic of what we are going to see, because every three years almost you do a new album, now this is going to be out ... I just listened to maybe one of the songs, is it true that the title is, I wrote to myself, 'Western Revolution', as you sing in the song?"

Martin: "No."

Luca: "And anyway... what about the text and what about the ... we will see on the stage, it's going to be really different from 'Delta Machine', it's going to be a change also in the way that you want to show up during the live concerts, and can you tell us something about the aesthetic also of the inside of the album?"

Martin: "Well, for the tour, we haven't really got together with Anton yet, who will be doing the visuals again, but we are meeting up with him in November and shooting some films. And I believe we are doing a video with him too. So, we don't really know what those visuals are going to look like yet. It's still very early days, I mean we're not starting the tour until next May, we've got a long time to go before then to arrange everything."

Fletch: "We're sure as well, that it's going to be as good or better than the last tour, that's what we're aiming for all the time with Depeche Mode."

Martin: "I just want to make it clear that it didn't say 'Western Revolution'. It was 'where's the revolution?' [laughter]

Dave: "We're asking you!"

Roberto: "Okay, grazie Luca. Grazie millie. [Italian]"

[Journalist]: "What do you think about the rock, is it dead? Completely dead? And, do we need now a different, a new vision about music, about sound, about words, about ??"

Dave: "Well, yeah, I mean, for us, you know, we're alive and kicking here. We're still making music together that we're really proud of, and we still want to perform that music for you, and I think collectively we still believe that music is one of the, possibly only, forms that actually brings people together into one place and you're all there for one reason, and that's to experience something that is moving. And hopefully that's something that we still continue doing. So, I think there's great music out there, you really gotta just look for it."

Marek: "Thank you very much. From Facebook, we have Tish Liob, who's asking, 'are you coming to North America?'"

Dave: "Yes. We will be coming. Yea, we didn't mention that, did we? That will be part of the tour, and I'm hoping also to get down to South America as well. So those dates will eventually be announced, we're still working on that."

Marek: "Thanks a lot. Next question here."

[Journalist]: "Pretty obvious question, when it comes to the title of the record, how would you describe the spirit of the record? Is it comparable to 'Delta Machine', is it more harsh, is it more soft, is it more melancholic, is it more sex, is it more ... whatever?"

Fletch: "Definitely more sexy."

[audience cheering / laughter]

Fletch: "That was a joke, actually. Maybe. I mean, at the moment, we haven't finished the album, we're still working on it, but it's sounding very exciting at the moment, we're very proud of it, and we think it's gonna be as good or a lot better than the last album, which we try and do all the time."

Dave: "We worked with James Ford, it's different, we've been working with Ben Hillier as a producer for the past few records and it was time for us to change that up, so James really kind of came in fresh, he had no real agenda and he's not just a great producer, he's a great musician, so he was able to really kind of guide us. Martin had written some great songs and demo'd them, and I had too as well, so he kind of able to like take those songs and take them to another level. It was really interesting to be working with him."

[Journalist]: "Dave, your shoes are stealing the show."

Dave: "I know, aren't they? [waves shoes, laughter] I got good socks, too! Thank you, thank you."

Fletch: "He always tries to overdo us."

[Journalist]: "As a fan but also a journalist from Budapest, Hungary, I find it more than amazing that also on this tour, you stop by at this small Eastern Central-European country; you could have skipped it by saying you've been there nine times already, given ten concerts, which is a Hungarian record as far as a major act is concerned. There must be a special bond also from your side; is it so?"

Dave: "I would say yes; we're very fortunate that we have fans all over the world. The difficulty is always trying to reach all of them, and go to all these cities and places; the tours that we do could go on forever, to be honest. We're very fortunate, and our fan base seems to grow stronger and stronger every time we put a record out. We're very grateful for that."

Fletch: "Budapest was also one of the... we were fortunate enough when the Iron Curtain was still there, that we visited a lot of these countries and it was a great experience. The fans really liked it as well that we'd come."

Martin: "I think that we were one of the first bands, I think; we were there in 85, in Budapest, in Warsaw, and Prague... it was not done back then."

[Journalist]: "Hello, I'm Peter Fisher from the Dutch / Netherlands website writteninmusic.com, are you also planning to do festivals next summer, or is it still unsure, Martin?"

Martin: "I think that's still ... you mean, the following summer?"

[Journalist]: "The following summer, yeah."

Martin: "I think that's still unsure. Like we said, we haven't announced the American tour yet, or South America, so there will be more dates added. But we just don't know yet, what they will be. Maybe."

[Journalist]: "Hi guys, I'm Julia from Virgin Radio. Thank you for being here. The guy over there, we're talking about war. I was thinking of all the shit going on in the world, at the moment, at this period; did it affect your songwriting and the atmosphere of the new record?"

Martin: "I think it did, but we don't really want to get in to the new album too much at this point because it's not released until next spring. So we'll be coming back to do more promotion and to talk about that then."

[Journalist]: "Good afternoon gentlemen, Sir Igor from Kiev, Ukraine; thank you for great news. I would like to ask you, I guess it's really hard, you've got hundreds of released songs. So I think it's really hard to choose them to play them at live gigs. Which criteria does Depeche Mode use to update the next live set / tour; maybe your personal opinion, maybe expert opinion, or maybe you use focus groups? Thank you."

Fletch: "We have sort of a Eurovision song contest, where we vote for songs and the songs that get the most votes are more likely to get in the set. But there's only three of us, so it's difficult."

Dave: "I think as well, we... for instance, we have such a big choice, and you can only do so many songs, but predominantly, of course... we have the new album, we want to experiment and do new songs, and that's always a challenge and it's exciting, and then we'll find songs that work along side those as well. I'm sure we'll be doing all the favourites..."

Martin: "And I'm sure we'll upset a lot of you. [laughs]"

Dave: "We can't please all of you!"

[Journalist]: "Hi, my name is Gabby, I'm from Warsaw, Poland, and in terms of upsetting, my question would be: what irritates you most in the nowadays music industry?"

Fletch: "I find it frustrating that smaller bands find it more difficult to get to the top, with very low record sales, and radio stations not really playing much new stuff. So I think that's very frustrating and sort of makes us very lucky that when we were around, it was totally different."

Martin: "We still are around."

Fletch: "Yes we are."

[Journalist]: "Hello, I'm Max, and first time I see Depeche Mode concert was from Violator tour, and I remember amazing songs of course but ... an amazing work you did with Anton Corbijn, maybe for the first time; the previous tour was Masses tour, I think? Anyway, what about the next tour, I mean about working with Anton anyway?"

Dave: "I'm sorry, if you haven't had an album before "Violator", we can't answer your question cause you're obviously not a true fan. [laughs]"

Dave: "I'll answer your question. We are going to work with Anton, as Martin had said earlier, and we've worked with him earlier this year, doing some photographs and started discussing ideas; album artwork, and how we can incorporate that into what we do visually as well. And like Mart said, it's a work in progress. Anton is, of course, a very busy man, but he wants to of course do something that is beyond what he's done before, and there's a lot of things you can do with technology as well. It's moved on quite a lot even from when we did the last tour, so a lot of that will be incorporated as well, I should imagine."

Marek: "We'd like to take a question from the balcony please..."

Fletch: "Is there anybody up there?"

[Journalist]: "I'm here, I'm here! Thank you so much. I'm Sonya Multury (?) from Italy, and I'd like to ask if you can tell us something about very funny moments or special moments that happened during the recording of the album. Thank you so much, and welcome back."

Dave: "It's really hard when you can't see someone who's answering the question, but... if anyone's got a flashlight or something... where are you? Hi!"

Dave: "Well, you know, loads of great things happen when you're recording. For me, it's quite often when it's a bit spontaneous as well, like you get an unexpected surprise. There was one point during the recording when James Ford, the producer, discovered that there was a pedal steel guitar of Martin's, in the studio, and I think he taught himself how to play it within a day."

Martin: "I think it was an hour!"

Dave: "Yeah, and it found its way to quite a few of the songs. It's always exciting in the studio because Martin brings in a lot of his equipment from his own studio, so we have tons of stuff to play with. Like we said, we worked with a completely new team as well. When things come together, and they are coming together quite quickly with James, he likes to work fast, he likes to get ideas flowing fast, so there's plenty of moments."

Marek: "Thank you. We return now to the gentleman here..."

[Journalist]: "Hi guys, <name>, Italia. How would you describe the chemistry within the band after so many years of music, and are there some key factors that drove you to make this record, even some notable personal factors from all of you?"

Martin: "Like we said, it's difficult for us to talk too much about the new album without giving too much away, too early. We like making music, so that's why we get together and we make albums. We have fun doing it. That's about all we can say at this point."

Dave: "There's a chemistry that happens, and you're never sure of when you go back into the studio again, after all these years and all the music we've made together, you don't really know what's going to happen or if that the chemistry between us is still going to be there. It's not something you can really talk about; there is something ... music is magic, it can be, and when it all comes together, you feel it. And then once again when we take that to the next level and we go on stage and we perform that, it takes on another life, and of course you're involved in that, because we get to then all be part of something together. We're excited to see what's going to happen with this stuff."

Fletch: "It's quite nice, the two halves of our career. The first half, the creative part in the studio, and then followed by the tour, which is completely a different type of thing altogether. It makes being in a band really good."

Martin: "It's weird, because when we're making music, we're kind of isolated. And we actually jumped today when we came out of the hotel and there was a whole load of fans scream suddenly. We're not used to that, cause we've been away from it for quite a while. [laughs] But we'll get used to it again. [laughs]"

Marek: "Thank you very much. We return to fan from Leipzig! Here you go."

[Fan]: "Hello guys, my name is Bianca, I'm from Leipzig in Germany. My question is, especially to Dave and Martin too, sorry Fletch, have you already on stage forgotten the text from an old or a new song, and if yes, what do you do then? How do you react?"

Martin: [quietly to Dave] "Have you forgotten words to a song ..."

Dave: "Oh, yeah, lots. Fortunately, quite often, I can't see that far without my glasses on now... usually, the first few rows, they're singing everything anyway, so I just kind of copy them. Or make it up."

Marek: "The fans on the balcony, please, we can't see a thing, maybe we put a little light up there..."

[Journalist]: "Hello, I'm here, ... I'm Mr. Filpetti from <?>. I have two short questions: the first one being: what makes you keep making more new music after more than 35 years together? The second one is, in the industry, the new fashion seems to be the reunions of bands. So, is there any chance of Alan coming back with you? Thanks."

Dave: "That was a lot of questions, wasn't it? I forgot the first part already... yes and no!"

Dave: "We've been lucky; for the last almost 20 years now, we've had Peter Gordeno and Christian Eigner playing with us ... you can put the light on them, I think they're down there somewhere, there are a couple journalists that look suspiciously like Peter Gordeno and Christian Eigner, oh yeah, they are! ... so, that question's kind of redundant really, but we're very lucky to have them play with us for so long."

[Journalist]: "Okay, hello, this is Svetlana from Germany, Germany television... okay, to Dave: first of all, Andy and Martin, you look marvelous, ageless..."

Fletch: "Dave, you look a bit older..."

Dave: "I'm working on it, I'm sorry."

[Journalist]: "No, no... Dave, I wanted to ask you, because we are talking about forgetting, I am wondering if you are still able to make this move, you know, this shaking hip, swinging ... are you still able, I suppose a lot of ladies would like to see it. Would you, could you?"

Dave: "Well, you have it down pretty well, you can come up here and show everyone if you'd like. But no, I'm still in good form, I'm good to go."

Dave: "I'm glad you noticed though, thank you."

[Journalist]: "Hello, my name is Jenna from Germany. Nice to be here. I have a question: you've played with a lot of bands and supporting acts. My question is, is your taste of music an influence for the supporting acts, or are there bands who you'd like to say 'yes, I'd like to play with them!'"

Fletch: "I think there's a bit of both there, sometimes it's bands that we like, but it's bands that we choose. They're not bands that other people choose for us. And it can be dangerous if you're a support band for Depeche Mode, with our rabid fans."

Marek: "If you have further questions, just raise your hands, because we're sort of reaching the end of our ..."

Dave: "How about this gentleman right down here, he's had his hand up a few times... yeah, you, he'll be next, alright, you're next!"

[Journalist]: "Hi guys, I'm Roberto from Czech Republic. A lot of your fans are touring with you across Europe and across the world, including me. When I read their feedback on your shows, it's very positive, always. My feedback is always positive. Thank you for the shows. But a lot of them have one big wish: surprises during the show. Some changes in the set list. What are your plans for the next tour? I mean, changes such as 'Blasphemous Rumours', 'Something To Do', to add to your set list. Thank you."

Dave: "As we've said before, we'll be touring with the new album 'Spirit', and obviously we want to perform some songs from that album. And then we'll pick a bunch of songs that we would like to do. We usually rehearse a lot of songs, and once we've locked in to the set we want to do, it changes a little now and again. Especially if visuals are incorporated with certain songs, there's a reason for that; there's a reason that we're putting on a show in a certain way and that we want people to see that like that, because there's a performance that begins here, it has an arc, and that's where it ends. So, I think there's room within the set to sometimes alternate some songs that feel they're in the same tempo possibly. It's important that when we're presenting a show that we feel that it's to our strength and what we're doing. It's not like we're playing little clubs and we can change the set every night..."

Fletch: "We've got over 200 songs, and we can't play for six or seven hours. And we do try and incorporate some old songs, but we can't incorporate every old song, obviously."

Martin: "We have noticed though, there are quite a few fans that follow us around. In fact, wherever we are, we look out into the first few rows, and it's usually the same people! [laughs]"

[Journalist]: "Hi, my name is Martin. The sample we have heard sounds rather apocalyptic to me. Does the record reflect the state of the world as we know it now, or can we expect a political album..."

Fletch: "Or the way it will be ..."

Dave: "I think that you have to wait and see really, as we said, we're still forming that, but it's definitely I think, a very uplifting and thought-provoking feel and sound to this record."

Fletch: "There is a lot of things happening around the world at the moment, particularly now, and it's hard to completely ignore it completely."

[Journalist]: "My name is Teresa, I'm coming from Portugal. You're going back to Lisbon once again, you have fans there in Portugal from the 50th to the 15. So, with this kind of music, with this new album, are you looking for the youngest people, because it seems to be very powerful also."

Martin: "I think we've always been very fortunate that somehow, our music does appeal to young people as well as the people that have grown with us. We have no idea how that happens, we are very fortunate that it does. Maybe we've been around long enough now that people are just playing, you know, the older generation are playing it to their children, forcing it on their children... it's amazing, we look out into the audiences, and we have 15, 16, 17 year olds there, and that's great."

Marek: "Thank you so much, Dave, Martin, and Fletch, and thank you for being so open and answering all these questions. And by the way, there are some old things that Depeche Mode are carrying around, and that's me! I'm very grateful about that. Thank you very much guys. Thank you everybody here at Teatro dell'Arte. We'll see you on the tour, thank you!"
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Re: 2017: Spirit and Global Spirit Tour
« Reply #51 on: 12 October 2016 - 00:00:05 »
2016-10-11 - RTL2 (France) - Le Drive

[Mathilde Courjeau went to the press conference and says that she did an interview with Martin and Andy that day and will do an interview with Dave the next day.]

http://www.rtl2.fr/actu/ledrivertl2-du-11-octobre-2016-7785233115



2016-10-11 - Mixmag (UK) - DEPECHE MODE ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM WITH JAMES FORD AND MATRIXXMAN

http://mixmag.net/read/depeche-mode-announce-new-album-with-james-ford-and-matrixxman-news

DEPECHE MODE ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM WITH JAMES FORD AND MATRIXXMAN
'Spirit' is due this coming spring alongside a worldwide tour
SYDNEY MEGAN JOW

Synth masters Depeche Mode have announced their next album, 'Spirit', with a repertoire of impressive producers.
'Spirit' will be Depeche Mode's 14th studio album. This time around, the band has enlisted James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco as the lead producer, with the dark and intense Matrixxman giving his hand on a number of tracks.
The upcoming work will follow 2013's 'Delta Machine', produced by 140dB's Ben Hillier.
Depeche Mode plans to embark on a tremendous 32-show tour around the world, running parallel to the album's release. The Global Spirit series will stop at 21 stadium venues and kicks off this coming May.
'Spirit' is set to release in spring 2017 on Columbia Records.
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Re: 2017: Spirit and Global Spirit Tour
« Reply #52 on: 12 October 2016 - 00:07:38 »
2016-10-11 - P3 (Sweden) - Musikguiden i P3

http://sverigesradio.se/sida/avsnitt/790870?programid=4067

Depeche Mode - ett av världens mest inflytelserika band
Idag höll Depeche Mode en presskonferens och meddelade om nytt album och världsturné med start i Sverige. Ikväll kollar vi närmare på de brittiska synthlegendarerna och hur de influerat modern musik.
Det blir även livemusik med Shura från spelningen på Debaser och självklart godbitarna av den bästa nya musiken.
I studion: Tina Mehrafzoon och Jackie Zan.
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Re: 2017: Spirit and Global Spirit Tour
« Reply #53 on: 12 October 2016 - 00:12:59 »
2016-10-11 - Sky (Italy) - Depeche Mode, un nuovo album e il Global Spirit Tour

http://video.sky.it/news/spettacolo/depeche-mode-un-nuovo-album-e-il-global-spirit-tour/v304642.vid
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Re: 2017: Spirit and Global Spirit Tour
« Reply #54 on: 12 October 2016 - 00:27:51 »
2016-10-11 - Concert.ua (Ukraine) - Depeche Mode. Global Spirit Tour. Kyiv, 19.07.2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2-1OQJdK0k
https://www.concert.ua/eventpage/depeche-mode

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Re: 2017: Spirit and Global Spirit Tour
« Reply #55 on: 12 October 2016 - 00:32:14 »
2016-10-11 - DPA (Germany) - Depeche Mode kündigt neue Platte an

https://www.dpa-video.com/video/14654971/depeche-mode-kundigt-neue-platte-an
http://www.sueddeutsche.de/kultur/depeche-mode-kuendigt-neue-platte-an-1.3201077
http://video.mittelbayerische.de/detail/videos/aktuelles/video/5165290117001/depeche-mode-k%C3%BCndigt-neue-platte-an
http://www.wormser-zeitung.de/mediathek/videos/aktuelles/depeche-mode-kuendigt-neue-platte-an_5165145436001.htm
http://www.allgemeine-zeitung.de/mediathek/videos/aktuelles/depeche-mode-kuendigt-neue-platte-an_5165145436001.htm

Depeche Mode kündigt neue Platte an
Nach knapp drei Jahren will die britische Synthie-Pop-Band Depeche Mode im Frühjahr 2017 ein neues Album veröffentlichen. «Wir könnten immer weitermachen», sagte Frontmann und Sänger Dave Gahan bei einer Pressekonferenz in Mailand.
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« Reply #56 on: 12 October 2016 - 00:50:32 »
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Re: 2017: Spirit and Global Spirit Tour
« Reply #57 on: 12 October 2016 - 01:06:04 »
2016-10-11 - Antena 1 (Romania) - Observator

[There is an error with this video, because they uploaded a completely different report.]

http://observator.tv/eveniment/trupa-depeche-mode-va-concerta-la-cluj-187846.html
http://antenaplay.ro/v/JzFS1kJC8Tx

Trupa Depeche Mode va concerta la Cluj

E oficial! Trupa Depeche Mode pleacă în turneu la anul şi va concerta şi în România. Într-o conferinţă de presă care a avut loc azi la Milano, membrii formaţiei britanice au anunţat toate datele etapei europene a turneului "Global Spirit".
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2016-10-11 - Rolling Stone (US) - Depeche Mode Plan New Album 'Spirit,' 2017 Tour

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/depeche-mode-plan-new-album-spirit-2017-tour-w444233

Depeche Mode Plan New Album 'Spirit,' 2017 Tour
Simian Mobile Disco's James Ford helped band create "incredible sounding record"

Depeche Mode announced their new album Spirit will be released in spring 2017. The group will follow the release of the LP with a 32-date European Global Spirit Tour, which begins May 5th in Stockholm, Sweden and ends July 23 in Cluj, Romania.

"We're working on the album with a new team: it's produced by James Ford [of Simian Mobile Disco], and he's helped us to make what we feel is a very incredible sounding record," said Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan. "He was able to really guide us."
Proceeds from the tour will raise money for charity:water. "If you don't know charity:water, you should," guitarist Martin Gore said. "They're an amazing organization whose goal is to bring clean, safe drinking water to everybody on the planet. On the last tour, with our fans' help, we were able to raise over $1.4 million for charity:water. Those funds specifically brought clean water to people in Kenya, Ethiopia, and Rwanda."
On November 11th, Depeche Mode will also release Video Singles Collection, a retrospective that compiles the group's entire videography from 1981 to 2013. "It's been amazing to go back and relive all the experiences and memories these videos evoke after all these years," the band said in a statement. "It's incredible to have all our videos finally together in one place, and we're hoping our fans enjoy this journey through time as much as we did."
The last Depeche Mode album, Delta Machine, came out in 2013.
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2016-10-11 - AFP (France) - Nouvel album, nouvelle tournée: Depeche Mode profite de sa "liberté"

http://culturebox.francetvinfo.fr/musique/rock/depeche-mode-partir-en-tournee-nous-a-manque-247227
http://www.lepoint.fr/culture/nouvel-album-nouvelle-tournee-depeche-mode-profite-de-sa-liberte-12-10-2016-2075241_3.php
http://www.la-croix.com/Culture/Nouvel-album-nouvelle-tournee-Depeche-Mode-profite-de-sa-liberte-2016-10-11-1300795598
http://actu.orange.fr/societe/culture/nouvel-album-nouvelle-tournee-depeche-mode-profite-de-sa-liberte-CNT000000v8id7.html

Depeche Mode : "Partir en tournée nous a manqué"
Par Culturebox (avec AFP)

Le groupe britannique Depeche Mode a annoncé mardi à Milan la sortie en 2017 d'un nouvel album baptisé "Spirit". Il sera assorti d'une grande tournée du 5 mai au 23 juillet en Europe, qui passera par Nice le 12 mai, à Lille le 29 mai et à Paris le 1er juillet. Martin Gore et Andy Fletcher éclairent cette actualité dans l'entretien ci-dessous.

Plus de 35 ans de carrière, un 14e album, qu'est-ce qui a changé ?
Martin Gore: Les 10 premières années, nous sortions quasiment un album par an et nous partions en tournée avec. Les tournées n'étaient pas si grandes, c'était un peu plus facile. Mais sortir un album par an, c'est beaucoup de pression. Cela requiert beaucoup de créativité et peut-être que tu peux le faire quand tu es plus jeune. Quand tu es plus âgé, tu as besoin de davantage de temps pour maintenir les standards de l'album. Nous avons toujours essayé de maintenir la qualité à un niveau élevé et d'enregistrer des chansons que nous aimions. Et nous avons de la chance car nous continuons de séduire les jeunes, pas seulement les gens qui ont grandi avec nous, les fans des années 1980.
Andy Fletcher: Il y a 30 ans, nous étions dans une situation très différente: nous essayions de faire quelque chose de toujours plus grand... Ces 20 dernières années, nous avons fait un album et une tournée tous les quatre ans, c'est plus sympa et relaxant. Je pense que nous sommes plus libres désormais. Nous avons une règle: chaque album doit être enregistré durant une élection américaine (rires), c'était le cas pour les quatre derniers albums.
 
Où et comment a été réalisé "Spirit"?
Andy Fletcher: Il a été réalisé pour moitié à Santa Barbara et le reste à New York. C'est là que nous avions enregistré les quatre derniers albums, parce que c'est là que Dave et Martin habitent. Nous n'avons pas encore fini d'enregister. Dave a apporté trois ou quatre chansons (...) très bonnes.
 Martin Gore: Nous travaillons comme un groupe en studio sur toutes les chansons, celles de Dave comme les miennes. Nous essayons de suivre tout ce qui se passe du point de vue de la technologie, nous utilisons tous types d'instruments,
nous sommes au courant de ce qui se passe et nous l'adoptons.
Andy Fletcher: (Maintenant, partir en tournée) nous a manqué. C'est chouette de jouer devant un public toutes les chansons sur lesquelles on a travaillé en studio. C'est très excitant.

Quelle influence avez-vous eu, selon vous, sur la musique?
Martin Gore: Nous avons aidé à rendre acceptable la musique électronique. Quand nous avons commencé, c'était une bataille permanente, les gens ne prenaient pas au sérieux la musique électronique. Ce n'était pas considéré comme de la vraie musique, mais comme quelque chose qui disparaîtrait très vite. Désormais, elle est tellement présente, pour le meilleur ou pour le pire, et nous avons contribué à cela. Une des choses dont je suis plutôt fier quand on parle de
notre héritage c'est que nous avons toujours séduit des gens venant de différents types de musique (...), du heavy metal, du blues, du rock....
Andy Fletcher: (Des grands comme Johnny Cash ont repris leurs morceaux) La version de Johnny Cash est très bonne. Martin était un grand fan de Johnny Cash et d'avoir votre héros qui fait une reprise de votre chanson, c'est plutôt spécial.
 
Vous êtes Britanniques, même si Martin et Dave vivent aux Etats-Unis. Quel a été votre sentiment face au Brexit?
 Andy Fletcher: Je suis très déçu, ça a été un vote très serré, quasi 50-50, c'est terrible.
Martin Gore: Le monde entier est en pagaille. Je pense que le Brexit s'est produit pour les mêmes raisons que celles pour lesquelles Donald Trump réussit si bien, et c'est effrayant: beaucoup de gens ne sont pas contents de leur vie et ne savent pas très bien comment l'exprimer, alors ils choisissent des options bizarres, qui ne sont pas forcément les bonnes.

(propos recueillis par Céline Cornu pour l'AFP)
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