The legendary synth-pop band returns with a new album and a world tour
Depeche Mode, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees, is back with a new album and a world tour in 2023. The Memento Mori tour will support their 15th studio album, which features their signature dark and catchy songs. The tour will span across North America, Europe, and Mexico, and will include special guests and collaborators. Fans will also get to experience the classic song “Never Let Me Down Again”, which has become a fan favorite and a symbol of unity and euphoria.
Memento Mori: The new album by Depeche Mode
Memento Mori is the title of the new album by Depeche Mode, which will be released in spring 2023. The album is expected to showcase the band’s evolution and innovation over their four-decade career, with influences from electronic, rock, and industrial music. The first single from the album, “Ghosts Again”, has already received critical acclaim and has been featured in the HBO series The Last Of Us.
Memento Mori is a Latin phrase that means “remember that you have to die”, and it is often used as a reminder of the fragility and preciousness of life. Depeche Mode has always explored themes of mortality, spirituality, and humanity in their music, and their new album will be no exception.
The Memento Mori tour: A celebration of life and music
The Memento Mori tour will be the band’s first tour in over five years and will be an opportunity for fans to see why Depeche Mode is still one of the most relevant and exciting bands today. The tour will kick off on March 23, 2023 in Sacramento, CA, and will include multiple nights at iconic venues such as Madison Square Garden in New York, United Center in Chicago, O2 Arena in London, Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, and Accor Arena in Paris. The tour will also feature special guests and collaborators, such as Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, who co-produced some tracks on the new album.
Never Let Me Down Again: A classic song by Depeche Mode
One of the highlights of the tour will be the performance of the classic song “Never Let Me Down Again”, which was released as the second single from the band’s sixth album, Music for the Masses, in 1987. The song is one of the most popular and ambiguous songs by Depeche Mode and has been interpreted as being about drugs, friendship, or escapism. The song features a memorable guitar riff by Martin Gore, a soaring vocal by Dave Gahan, and a catchy chorus that invites the listener to sing along.
The song has become a fan favorite, especially live, where it creates a unique bond between the band and the audience. During the coda section of the song, where Gahan sings “See the stars, they’re shining bright / Everything’s alright tonight”, it is customary for him to wave his arms in the air, and for the fans to mimic his movements. This gesture has been described as a “wind in a cornfield” simulation by the German magazine Music Express and as a symbol of unity and euphoria by the band members.
Depeche Mode: One of the most influential and best-selling musical acts of all time
Depeche Mode is one of the most influential and best-selling musical acts of all time, having sold over 100 million records and played live to more than 30 million fans worldwide. They have also inspired countless artists across genres and generations with their distinctive sound and style. The Memento Mori tour will be a chance for fans to experience the magic of Depeche Mode live once again, and to witness their legacy as one of the greatest bands in music history.