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Depeche Mode is preparing its 1st album, which has been on tour for more than 5 years

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Musicians Martin Gore, left, and Dave Gahan of British band Depeche Mode stand in front of a photo wall during a photoshoot in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, October 4, 2022. (Britta Pedersen/dpa via AP)

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Depeche Mode has lined up a new album and the band’s first gigs in more than five years, an announcement that comes months after founding member Andy “Fletch” Fletcher passed away.

The band said in Berlin on Tuesday that the album “Memento Mori” will be released next spring. The accompanying tour will kick off with what is billed as a “special, limited series of North American arena dates” starting March 23, before a summer stadium tour of Europe.

Singer Dave Gahan said he and fellow actor Martin Gore started talking in January about working on a new project together. Gore had written “for a while, during the pandemic” and came up with the title – Latin for “Remember you must die”.

“I liked it immediately, just because I felt like it was just for the imagery that was already developing in the songs – that life can be so fleeting and just be there and then go again the next minute. “, Gahan told The Associated Press.

“To live or not to live, and what do we do while we live here, that’s… kind of what it’s about,” he said. “The album will take you on a little journey.”

Keyboardist Fletcher was about to join the team in Santa Barbara, Calif., when he died in May and couldn’t hear any of the tracks, Gahan said.

“I’m sure he would have had a lot to say,” he added. “Probably the first thing he would have said was, ‘Why are there so many songs about death?'”

Fletcher formed the band that would become giants of British electro-pop with fellow synthesizers Gore and Vince Clarke, and Gahan, in Basildon, England in 1980.

“I’m sure his absence in the studio changes what we’ve been doing in some way, and it will also happen when we perform on stage,” Gahan said. “We don’t intend to replace Fletch on stage. He did his own thing there.

“Memento Mori” will be Depeche Mode’s 15th studio album and first since “Spirit” in 2017. What will come after that is still unclear.

“I don’t know what’s in store for us in the future,” Gahan said. “I never do. We never really plan on doing anything beyond what we’re doing right now.

Next year’s tour will take the band to Madison Square Garden in New York, the United Center in Chicago, the Kia Forum in Los Angeles and Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, among others. In Europe, venues will include Stade de France in Paris, Olympic Stadium in Berlin and Twickenham Stadium in London.

This story was originally published October 4, 2022 11:11 a.m.