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Depeche Mode plans North American concert tour this summer

March 11, 2013 at 1:33 PM
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LOS ANGELES, March 11 (UPI) -- British electronic band Depeche Mode announced plans Monday for a North American concert tour this summer.

The group is to kick off its tour Aug. 22 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Detroit. Shows are scheduled through Oct. 8 at the Desert Sky Pavilion in Phoenix.

"I'm really looking forward to getting out there and performing. There are so many diehard Depeche Mode fans who have been with us every step of this journey that I can't wait to see. I also hope that we gain some new fans with the release of 'Delta Machine,' and I look forward to exposing them to a great Depeche Mode live performance," lead singer Dave Gahan said in a statement.

"I enjoy being in front of an audience because our songs really take on a life of their own when performed live. When we're performing, the stage almost becomes a mirror for the people who have been there since the beginning, and we become a reflection of our audience. I'm looking forward to this tour for that very reason," keyboard and guitar player Martin Gore said.

The band is to make a rare U.S. television appearance Monday night on "The Late Show with David Letterman."

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