After sharing cryptic teasers online, the surviving members of Depeche Mode have announced their new album Memento Mori. They’ve also announce details for their 2023 world tour.
Memento Mori, due for release March 2023, marks Depeche Mode’s 15th album to date and first since the passing of founding member Andy Fletcher. “We started work on this project early in the pandemic, and its themes were directly inspired by that time,” Martin Gore explained in a statement. “After Fletch’s passing, we decided to continue as we’re sure this is what he would have wanted, and that has really given the project an extra level of meaning.”
“Fletch would have loved this album,” Dave Gahan added. “We’re really looking forward to sharing it with you soon, and we can’t wait to present it to you live at the shows next year.”
During the band’s press conference in Berlin, they revealed how the album title was in place before Fletcher’s passing. “It sounds very morbid, but I think you can look at it very positively as well,” Gore said. “In that [you should] live each day to the max. I think that’s how we like to interpret it too.”
Depeche Mode will support the album with a 2023 world tour. The North American leg starts March 23rd in Sacramento, California and runs until April 14th in New York. Afterwards, the band will embark on the European/UK leg which starts May 16th in Amsterdam and wraps up August 11th in Oslo.
Tickets go on sale Friday, October 7th at 10 AM local time. Check out all the dates below.