Depeche Mode know how to make a stylish entrance. That’s why they chose an extra chic backdrop for the announcement of their next album and the associated tour: the Berliner Ensemble on Schiffbauerdamm.
Other bands may send out press releases or make a post on their social media accounts, but on Tuesday afternoon Dave Gahan and Martin Gore prefer to take a seat in comfortable gray armchairs that stand in the middle of the stage and chat about the next album.
It will be called “Memento Mori” and will be released at the end of March 2023. They had already chosen the title, which means “Remember that you must die”, before their keyboardist Andrew Fletcher died in May, explains Martin Gore.
“We missed him a lot,” says singer Dave Gahan, who wears tinted glasses. His death changed a lot when working on the songs.
“We’re pretty far along in the recording process. All the tracks are finished but not mixed yet,” Gore explains to press representatives from all over the world and around 200 fans sitting in the hall.
The two musicians only met in person for the first time in July to work on the album. Previously, they sent audio files back and forth. “We ended up working at my house most of the time,” says Gore.
The tour accompanying the album will kick off in Sacramento, California on March 23rd and will take Depeche Mode to Europe starting May 16th when they perform in Amsterdam. The first German date is in Leipzig (May 26), and two concerts are also planned in Düsseldorf (June 4/6), one in Frankfurt (June 29) and a show in Berlin (July 7).
On the tour, Gore and Gahan are supported by the musicians Peter Gordeno and Christian Eigner, who have also come to the Berliner Ensemble and stand up briefly. Photographer Anton Corbijn, who has accompanied the band with his camera for decades, will be there again.
Once again, the musicians come back to their deceased friend and bandmate, who was immensely important for the band’s chemistry. Martin Gore says: “When we came to Berlin on Saturday and went to the hotel bar, I expected Fletch to be standing there.” He was really knocked out not to see him. You can see the emotions in him at that moment. Gahan seems to feel the same way. He says to the tour: “In spirit he will be with us and judge us”.
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