Earlier today, legendary synth-pop heroes Depeche Mode took to a stage in Paris to announce details of their upcoming world tour and new album. They were met with a packed audience comprised of journalist and fans alike.

The first tour dates were, unfortunately for American fans, were all European cities. In addition to the dates, Martin Gore, Dave Gahan and Andrew Fletcher described the new ablum, with Gore likened it to a cross between Violator and Songs of Faith and Devotion. “Between us, we probably have 20 songs that we recorded,” said Gahan.

On of the many highlights in the conference included Karen, a self-proclaimed “old French fan,” who asked the band if it was possible to do a show with a classic formation (with an orchestra), to which Martin Gore answers with a smile, “Possible, yes. But we wouldn’t do it though;” causing the crowd to erupt in laughter.

During the 41-minute press conference, the trio shared a short film featuring footage of their recording studio accompanied by a brand new, yet-to-be-named song.


Depeche Mode European dates:

May 7: Hayarkon Park, Tel Aviv, Israel
May 10: Terra Vibe, Athens, Greece
May 12: Georgi Asparuhov Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria
May 15: National Stadium, Bucharest, Romania
May 17: Kucukciftlik Park, Istanbul, Turkey
May 19: Usce Park, Belgrade, Serbia
May 21: Puskas Ferenc Stadium, Budapest, Hungary
May 23: Hippodrome, Zagreb, Republic of Croatia
May 25: Inter Stadium, Bratislava, Slovakia
May 28: O2 Arena, London, England
June 1: Olympic Stadium, Munich, Germany
June 3: Mercedes-Benz Arena, Stuttgart, Germany
June 5: Commerzbank Arena, Frankfurt, Germany
June 7: Stade De Suisse, Berne, Switzerland
June 9: Olympic Stadium, Berlin, Germany
June 11: Red Bull Arena, Leipzig, Germany
June 13: Parken, Copenhagen, Denmark
June 15: Stade De France, Paris, France
June 17: Imtech Arena, Hamburg, Germany
June 22: Locomotive Stadium, Moscow, Russia
June 24: SKK Arena, St. Petersburg, Russia
June 27: Peace & Love Festival, Borlange, Sweden
June 29: Olympic Stadium, Kiev, Ukraine
July 3: Esprit Arena, Dusseldorf, Germany
July 7: Rock Werchter Festival, Werchter, Belgium
July 11: BBK Festival, Bilbao, Spain
July 13: Optimus Alive Festival, Lisbon, Portugal
July 16: Antic Arina, Nimes, France
July 18: San Siro Stadium, Milan, Italy
July 20: Olympic Stadium, Rome, Italy
July 23: Olympic Stadium, Prague, Czech Republic
July 25: National Stadium, Warsaw, Poland
July 27: Vingis Park, Vilnius, Lithuania
July 29: Minsk Arena, Minsk, Belarus

— Jay Tilles, CBS Local

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