Tuesday, July 28, Depeche Mode kicks off the US dates of their Tour Of The Universe.
Already, the TOTU has had its share of setbacks. After playing just two dates of their European tour, lead singer Dave Gahan came down with a sever bout of gastroenteritis minutes before their gig in Athens, Greece, forcing the cancelation of the show. While in the hospital recovering, doctors found a cancerous tumor in Dave’s bladder and immediate surgery was required to remove it. Doctor’s orders required the band to cancel the next nine shows to allow Dave time to recuperate.
The tour resumed on Monday, June 9 in Leipzig, Germany and continued uneventfully until Dave tore a muscle in his leg during a show in Portugal on July 11. The last two concerts of Depeche Mode’s European tour were canceled in order to let Dave recover.
On Friday, Depeche Mode will again resume their tour, this time hitting North America. They will play two shows in Canada before landing on US soil for a concert in Washington DC on Tuesday, July 28. They will play five dates on the East Coast, including two shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden. On Friday, August 7, DM will play a headlining set at Lollapalooza before beginning the West Coast portion of their tour in Seattle on August 10.
The lack of shows in the Midwest portion of the US has sparked speculation that a second North American leg of the Tour Of The Universe will be announced, though any additional show will most likely not take place until after Depeche Mode play some rescheduled dates in Europe in February 2010.
A few tickets are still available for some of the US shows. For a complete list of Depeche Mode Tour Dates, visit depechemode.com.
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