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Depeche Mode readies for its record-setting headlining run at the Hollywood Bowl

By in Press Enterprise on October 4, 2017

By Kelli Skye Fadroski

After wrapping up its lengthy Delta Machine Tour in support of its 13th studio album, “Delta Machine,” in 2014, English electronic band Depeche Mode decided to take a bit of a break.

The trio – including vocalist Dave Gahan, vocalist, guitarist and keys player Martin Gore and bassist and keys player Andrew “Fletch” Fletcher – didn’t stay dormant for long and reemerged in February with their brand new and politically timely single, “Where’s the Revolution.” The group also dropped its 14th studio album, “Spirit,” on March 17.

“You have to remember that Martin wrote these songs two years ago,” Fletcher said during a promotional press day in Los Angeles back in April before the Global Spirit Tour kicked off in Sweden on May 5. “That’s how his mind was thinking back then – things were bad with Brexit and then Trump is president – so Martin was already thinking back then that things were going to be bad.”

Of course the band, which has been an area favorite since the mid-’80s, even selling out the Rose Bowl in Pasadena with a crowd of 65,000 in 1988, wasn’t going to skimp on its shows in the Los Angeles area. At first, Depeche Mode announced two nights at the Hollywood Bowl, Thursday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Oct. 14. As tickets began to sell out quickly, the band added Monday, Oct. 16 and a few days later, announced a venue record-setting fourth show on Wednesday, Oct. 18. Depeche Mode is the first band to play that many consecutive concerts at the iconic 18,000-capacity Los Angeles venue.

“We’ve always kind of held a special positioning here in Los Angeles,” Fletcher said. “Even from our early gigs in clubs to the Rose Bowl and it was a big deal for us when we played the Hollywood Bowl the very […]    

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