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The Singles Tour

1998

premier et dernier concerts

02.09.1998 Tartu, Estonie Song Festival Grounds

22.12.1998 Anaheim, USA Honda Center

legs de la tournée

Europe 1998
USA & Canada 1998

pays visités

Allemagne, Angleterre, Autriche, Belgique, Canada, Danemark, Espagne, Estonie, Finlande, France, Italie, Lettonie, République Tchèque, Russie, Suède, Suisse, USA

musiciens sur scène

David Gahan

Martin Gore

Andrew Fletcher

Christian Eigner

Peter Gordeno

Janet Cooke

Jordan Bailey

informations générales

époque

The Singles Era

en chiffres

audience de la tournée

1.187.480 spectateurs potentiels

1.175.605 spectateurs estimatifs

concerts et géographie

65 concerts

17 pays visités

58 villes visitées

58 lieux visités

2 concerts annulés

chansons et périodes

22 chansons jouées

1286 titres interprétés

histoire

Le 2 septembre 1998, à Tartu, Depeche Mode joue son tout premier concert en Estonie. Et entame sa première tournée depuis l'époque Devotional et le départ de Wilder.

La tournée est réduite à deux parties, et 65 dates au total, avec un passage en Europe, un tout premier concert en Russie, et un passage aux Etats-Unis.

La configuration scénique s'est étoffée, pour palier au départ de Wilder : Christian Eigner à la batterie, et Peter Gordeno au clavier, rejoignent le groupe. Andrew Philpott a également été appelé à l'aide pour assurer la production des versions jouées en live, travail traditionnellement assuré par Alan Wilder, dont on se rend compte alors du rôle crucial qu'il jouait dans la vie du groupe.

Le visuel, conçu par Corbijn autour d'une sorte de pôle central garni d'écrans multi-directionnels, fait défiler des images de clips et des petites scènes plutôt drôles enregistrées à l'attention de la tournée, par le groupe et son inséparable directeur artistique. Corbijn signe là sa quatrième conception de scène pour Depeche Mode.

A noter la présence sensationnelle du groupe, en clôture du KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Show, au Shrine Expo Hall, à Los Angeles, le 12 décembre 1998. avec une setlist particulière, des titres retravaillés, et la présence de Billy Corgan en duo avec Dave, sur Never Let Me Down Again. Le concert est retransmis à la radio. C'est véritablement le point d'orgue d'une tournée de transition, qui n'avait pas, par ailleurs, l'énergie des tournées précédentes, mais qui, au moins, a eu le mérite d'exister, ce qui n'était pas gagné.

liste des dates

Europe 1998

02.09.1998 Tartu, Estonie Song Festival Grounds

03.09.1998 Riga, Lettonie Jurmala Tennis Hall

05.09.1998 Moscou, Russie Olimpiski

07.09.1998 Saint Petersbourg, Russie SKK Arena

09.09.1998 Helsinki, Finlande Hartwall Arena

11.09.1998 Copenhague, Danemark Valby Hallen

12.09.1998 Goteborg, Suède Scandinavium

13.09.1998 Stockholm, Suède Globen

15.09.1998 Prague, République Tchèque Sports Hall

16.09.1998 Vienne, Autriche Vienna Stadthalle

18.09.1998 Berlin, Allemagne Waldbuhne

19.09.1998 Berlin, Allemagne Waldbuhne

20.09.1998 Erfurt, Allemagne Erfurt Messehalle

22.09.1998 Bruxelles, Belgique Forest National

23.09.1998 Stuttgart, Allemagne Martin Schleyer Halle

25.09.1998 Zurich, Suisse Hallenstadion

26.09.1998 Bologne, Italie Palasport

27.09.1998 Milan, Italie Fila Forum

29.09.1998 Londres, Angleterre Wembley Arena

30.09.1998 Londres, Angleterre Wembley Arena

02.10.1998 Manchester, Angleterre Nynex

03.10.1998 Birmingham, Angleterre N.E.C.

05.10.1998 Cologne, Allemagne Koln Arena

06.10.1998 Cologne, Allemagne Koln Arena

07.10.1998 Paris, France Palais Omnisports de Bercy

09.10.1998 Hannovre, Allemagne Hannover Messehalle

10.10.1998 Leipzig, Allemagne Leipzig Messehalle

11.10.1998 Francfort, Allemagne Festhalle

13.10.1998 Munich, Allemagne Olympiahalle

15.10.1998 Saragosse, Espagne Sports Palace

16.10.1998 Barcelone, Espagne Palau Sant Jordi

17.10.1998 San Sebastien, Espagne Velodromo de Anoeta

USA & Canada 1998

27.10.1998 Worcester (MA), USA Centrum

28.10.1998 New York (NY), USA Madison Square Garden

29.10.1998 New York (NY), USA Madison Square Garden

01.11.1998 Philadelphie (PA), USA The Spectrum

05.11.1998 Toronto, Canada Sky Dome

06.11.1998 Montreal, Canada Molson Centre

08.11.1998 Cleveland (OH), USA Gund Arena

09.11.1998 Detroit (MI), USA The Palace of Auburn Hills

11.11.1998 Fairfax (VA), USA Patriot Center

13.11.1998 Miami (FL), USA Miami Arena

14.11.1998 Orlando (FL), USA Orlando Arena

15.11.1998 Tampa (FL), USA Ice Palace

18.11.1998 Houston (TX), USA Compaq Center

19.11.1998 Dallas (TX), USA Reunion Arena

20.11.1998 San Antonio (TX), USA Alamodome

22.11.1998 Nouvelle Orleans (LA), USA UNO Lakefront Arena

24.11.1998 Chicago (IL), USA Rosemont Horizon

25.11.1998 Chicago (IL), USA Rosemont Horizon

29.11.1998 Denver (CO), USA McNichols Arena

01.12.1998 Salt Lake City (UT), USA Delta Centre

02.12.1998 Boise (ID), USA Idaho Centre

04.12.1998 Vancouver, Canada Pacific Coliseum

06.12.1998 Portland (OR), USA Rose Garden Arena

07.12.1998 Seattle (WA), USA KeyArena at Seattle Center

09.12.1998 Sacramento (CA), USA Arco Arena

11.12.1998 Oakland (CA), USA Oakland Coliseum

12.12.1998 Los Angeles (CA), USA Shrine Expo Hall

14.12.1998 Phoenix (AZ), USA America West Arena

15.12.1998 San Diego (CA), USA Cox Arena

18.12.1998 Inglewood (CA), USA Inglewood Forum

19.12.1998 Inglewood (CA), USA Inglewood Forum

20.12.1998 Anaheim (CA), USA Arrowhead Pond

22.12.1998 Anaheim (CA), USA Arrowhead Pond

concerts annulés

18.09.1998 Munich, Allemagne Olympiahalle

13.10.1998 Marseille, France Le Dôme

informations

tous les titres interprétés

A Question of Lust, A Question of Time, Barrel of a Gun, Behind the Wheel, Condemnation, Enjoy the Silence, Home, I Feel You, In Your Room, It's No Good, Just Can't Get Enough, Never Let Me Down Again, Only When I Lose Myself, Painkiller, Personal Jesus, Policy of Truth, Sister of Night, Somebody, Stripped, Useless, Walking In My Shoes, World In My Eyes

artistes en premières parties

Purity, Stabbing Westward, Tim Simenon

top 5 pays

The Singles Tour

USA

30 concerts

Allemagne

10 concerts

Angleterre

4 concerts

Espagne

3 concerts

Canada

3 concerts

occurences titres

The Singles Tour

65 Barrel of a Gun, Enjoy the Silence, In Your Room, It's No Good, Never Let Me Down Again, Personal Jesus, Policy of Truth, Walking In My Shoes
64 A Question of Time, Home, Just Can't Get Enough, Only When I Lose Myself, Somebody, Useless, World In My Eyes, Painkiller
62 Condemnation, I Feel You
61 A Question of Lust
56 Stripped
8 Behind the Wheel
5 Sister of Night

histoire

Le 2 septembre 1998, à Tartu, Depeche Mode joue son tout premier concert en Estonie. Et entame sa première tournée depuis l'époque Devotional et le départ de Wilder.

La tournée est réduite à deux parties, et 65 dates au total, avec un passage en Europe, un tout premier concert en Russie, et un passage aux Etats-Unis.

La configuration scénique s'est étoffée, pour palier au départ de Wilder : Christian Eigner à la batterie, et Peter Gordeno au clavier, rejoignent le groupe. Andrew Philpott a également été appelé à l'aide pour assurer la production des versions jouées en live, travail traditionnellement assuré par Alan Wilder, dont on se rend compte alors du rôle crucial qu'il jouait dans la vie du groupe.

Le visuel, conçu par Corbijn autour d'une sorte de pôle central garni d'écrans multi-directionnels, fait défiler des images de clips et des petites scènes plutôt drôles enregistrées à l'attention de la tournée, par le groupe et son inséparable directeur artistique. Corbijn signe là sa quatrième conception de scène pour Depeche Mode.

A noter la présence sensationnelle du groupe, en clôture du KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Show, au Shrine Expo Hall, à Los Angeles, le 12 décembre 1998. avec une setlist particulière, des titres retravaillés, et la présence de Billy Corgan en duo avec Dave, sur Never Let Me Down Again. Le concert est retransmis à la radio. C'est véritablement le point d'orgue d'une tournée de transition, qui n'avait pas, par ailleurs, l'énergie des tournées précédentes, mais qui, au moins, a eu le mérite d'exister, ce qui n'était pas gagné.

programme de la tournée

présentation

Le Singles Tour 1998 marque le retour de Depeche Mode sur scène, et ils reviennent d'assez loin. Le programme est à l'image de cette nouvelle tournée, assez timide, avec quelques photographies grand format, une couverture ouvrante du plus bel effet, mais beaucoup moins de pages qu'auparavant. Reprenant le design imaginé par Intro pour la compilation des Singles, il est le premier programme depuis 1987 à ne pas utiliser de créations d'Anton Corbijn. Les photographies sont signées Marina Chavez, qui, toutes descriptives qu'elles soient, sont loins d'avoir la magie des clichés du photographe hollandais. Mais le programme est à l'image de la tournée et même de la compilation : une transition en douceur jusqu'à la prochaine période. Même le texte d'accompagnement est une synthèse un peu froide des 13 dernières années, sans âme réelle.

texte du tourbook

Depeche Mode 86>98

It seems strange that a band's first singles collection should span four years, and yet part two takes half a generation to amass. The reality of it is that the latter period only includes one more album than the former. It would be easy (and cynical) to assume that the "second wave" of this band's impressive catalogue was somehow not as flowing as the first. Not so. The intensity of the songs from Depeche Mode's seemingly never-ending "best years" took the band to another level in the process of album-making and this was matched by an insatiable desire from fans in every corner of the globe to see them in concert. Therefore, the cycle grew....

1986 saw the band in an enviable position. Journalists had (finally) professed admiration, and beyond getting respect, Depeche Mode were finally getting the credit that they deserved. A decision was taken to go once again to Hansa Studios in Berlin, and to continue co-producing with the successful Daniel Miller / Gareth Jones production team. The songs for "Black Celebration", particularly the haunting first single "Stripped", were much darker than those of previous albums, and the band embarked on their biggest tour to date, culminating at the Valby Stadium in Copenhagen. A significant event during the tour was the making of the "Question Of Time" video in Los Angeles, the first time that photographer Anton Corbijn had directed a video for the group....

As 1987 began, Martin already had a clutch of songs demoed, and programming began in London. Never one's to rest on their laurels, the band decided to break up the regular production team and bring in producer Dave Bascombe, a move that was encouraged by Daniel Miller. Fully embracing the spirit of change, Guillame Tell studio in Paris was chosen over Hansa. "Strangelove" was released in spring and gave an indication of the maturity of "Music For The Masses" and this mood carried over into the production of their bigger still world tour, which incorporated the backdrops and running tracks of a visionary stadium into it's stageset. Kicking off in Barcelona in October, by the time it finished in June of the following year, they were in a stadium for real - June 18th 1988 saw 72,000 people cram into the Rosebowl to witness this "Anglo-angst" - music for the masses indeed....

1989 saw the release of "101", and in between premieres for the D.A. Pennebaker film that accompanied the live album (mixed with Alan Moulder,) the band began programming at Mute Records for another studio album. Another significant collaboration was forged, with Flood being introduced as producer. Martin's songs had taken on a different edge, they incorporated new styles, and the theme of his lyrics had become more varied still. A seven week session was booked at Logic studios in Milan. Progress was slow, but when Francois Kevorkian arrived to mix "Personal Jesus", everything seemed to fall into place. Any other band would have panicked about the advent of dance music (especially when you are hailed as "the godfathers of house music), and made a record that they felt suited a press-oriented climate, but Depeche Mode stuck to their principles and made a record that suited them - and several million others. A further recording session at Puk studios in Denmark (where MFTM had been mixed) took on a frenetic pace and by the end of August, "Violator" had taken shape. The band did more recording at The Church studios in north London, while Francois mixed in the room below. "Violator" was finished by Christmas, and meanwhile "Personal Jesus" had already breached the U.S Top 30....

As the Eighties drew to a close, it was as if Depeche Mode were released from their shackles, and any preconceptions that one may have had about the group, from the decade that spawned them, were seemingly blown away. "Enjoy the silence" was released in February of 1990 and reached the Top 10 in America, achieving similar success throughout the world, without even breaking into a sweat. Anton Corbijn directed an image of Dave as "The King" into everybody's imagination and Depeche Mode won their first "Brit" award for Best Single. The World Violation tour was a more compact version of The Masses tour, but apart from the USA and Europe, still managed to take in Japan and Australia. The U.S. leg saw the band play Giants Stadium in New York for the first time, but the west coast fans, not to be outdone, bought enough tickets for a second night to be added at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles. Success was snowballing, and "Policy of truth" became the third hit single from "Violator'. Depeche Mode returned to their home country triumphant, and finished "World Violation" with "triple-nighters" at Wembley and Birmingham's NEC....

1991 left a feeling of shell-shock after the previous years events, an exhausting yet exhilarating experience for four people who had literally done it their own way. Three of the band now had children, and it was time for reflection. Martin now had to write the follow up to a six-million selling album, and once again broke peoples pre-conceptions. New influences such as gospel were creeping in, and out of nowhere came the straightforward "rock" of "I feel you".

Flood was on board once again as producer, and brought with him a different idea for recording - a huge villa was rented in a suburb of Madrid, and Depeche Mode built their own (albeit temporary) recording studio. February of 1992 saw everybody uproot and move to Spain. The recording process was sometimes difficult - the band were living in the villa, as well as working there - but the various rooms of the villa were put to good use, and Alan's drumming (in the villa's discotheque of all places) added to the "new sound'. August saw the band return to a conventional studio, and with it a return to recording in Germany. Chateau Du Pape studios in Hamburg was where "Songs of faith and Devotion" achieved the bulk of it's recording, but Flood and the band were working increasingly long hours to have the album ready for mixing by September. Two studios were booked at Olympic in London - Mark "Spike" Stent mixing upstairs, while the band continued recording below him. This was the period where the recording veered into tangents. A 28-piece string orchestra was arranged for "One Caress" and Martin sang live with them, achieving one of his best vocal performances in one take. Hildia Campbell and Samantha Smith were brought in to sing backing vocals on the Gospel/Hip-Hop hybrid "Get right with me'. Never one to resist challenging himself, Dave insisted on singing this track, even though it was pencilled in for Martin, and showed another dimension to his voice. Meanwhile, parallel mixing sessions were happening as fast as the band could record the tracks. Finally the album was mastered just before the end of the year.

January of 1993 saw Depeche Mode back in Los Angeles to shoot the video for "I feel you", provocative even by Corbijn's standards. The gulf war and the subsequent so-called recession had done nothing to harm Depeche Mode's career, and the mood in the camp was of optimism. "I feel you" was well received and grunge passed, as had the dance explosion that preceded it, without making so much as a dent in the band's popularity. Now the time had come to embark on a tour that made the two previous outings seem like holidays. Three solid months in Europe coincided with the release of "Walking in my shoes" and strong sales of "Songs of faith and devotion'. The European tour culminated in another triumphant return to home soil, playing to 35,000 fans at Crystal Palace athletics stadium. "Condemnation" was the third single from the album, featuring two videos - one on location in Hungary and the second filmed live, and later appearing on the "Devotional" video. The autumn of 1993 saw an extensive tour of the United States, and a fourth single, a Butch Vig remix of "In your room", and another Corbijn video, and yes it was shot in Los Angeles....

1994 arrived, and Depeche Mode were still on the Devotional tour. A rather interesting "exotic" leg took the band to South Africa for the first time, as well as debuts in the Philippines and finally South America, having only previously ventured as far south as Mexico in that market. A further 33 dates in the U.S took the tour up to 14 months, a journey that everybody survived. Much is made of the negative or sensational side of the "Devotional" tour, some true, mostly not, but this approach tends to detract slightly from what was truly a great album and an amazing live show. At least that's how true Depeche Mode fans remember it....

After Fifteen long years together, several lifetimes for a lot of bands, restlessness had appeared in one member at least, and Alan Wilder decided to leave Depeche Mode after being with them for all but the formative years. An announcement was made on 1st June 1995, Alan's birthday. Later in the same year, once again defying detractors, the three remaining Mode's entered Eastcote studios to achieve the impossible - to make another album after the Devotional tour. The recording wasn't easy, and as well as Eastcote, took in sessions at Sarm West and Abbey Road in London, and Electric Ladyland in New York, among others. Tim Simenon was appointed as producer, and as recording continued throughout 1996, the style moved away from the "real" instruments of "SOFAD", and more towards the "electronica" style that Depeche Mode had defined in the previous decade.

1997 saw the release of "Ultra" and also the release of two singles, "Barrel of a gun" and "It's no good", far removed from each other in style and sound and with videos to match. Both were well received, and although the band decided not to tour, "Ultra" still became one of their best selling albums. "Home" and "Useless" completed a quartet of singles, proving the depth of an album that wasn't supposed to happen.

So now this journey brings us to 1998, Eighteen years into a fascinating career and still Depeche Mode are releasing fresh songs, with an ever-evolving style. "Only when I lose myself" is emotional, honest and serves as a footnote to the story so far.

Truly a time for celebration....

les lieux de la tournée

Palais Omnisports de Bercy

Paris, France

20300 spectateurs

Alamodome

San Antonio, USA

77000 spectateurs

Rosemont Horizon

Chicago, USA

18500 spectateurs

Arco Arena

Sacramento, USA

10333 spectateurs

Molson Centre

Montreal, Canada

15000 spectateurs

Centrum

Worcester, USA

15000 spectateurs

Delta Centre

Salt Lake City, USA

12000 spectateurs

Erfurt Messehalle

Erfurt, Allemagne

12000 spectateurs

Globen

Stockholm, Suède

16000 spectateurs

Festhalle

Francfort, Allemagne

13500 spectateurs

Forest National

Bruxelles, Belgique

7000 spectateurs

Gund Arena

Cleveland, USA

20562 spectateurs

Hallenstadion

Zurich, Suisse

14000 spectateurs

Hannover Messehalle

Hannovre, Allemagne

12000 spectateurs

Hartwall Arena

Helsinki, Finlande

15000 spectateurs

Arrowhead Pond

Anaheim, USA

18900 spectateurs

Idaho Centre

Boise, USA

2900 spectateurs

Inglewood Forum

Inglewood, USA

18000 spectateurs

Jurmala Tennis Hall

Riga, Lettonie

15000 spectateurs

Oakland Coliseum

Oakland, USA

5492 spectateurs

KeyArena at Seattle Center

Seattle, USA

16641 spectateurs

Compaq Center

Houston, USA

16000 spectateurs

Koln Arena

Cologne, Allemagne

20000 spectateurs

Leipzig Messehalle

Leipzig, Allemagne

15000 spectateurs

N.E.C.

Birmingham, Angleterre

15643 spectateurs

Madison Square Garden

New York, USA

20000 spectateurs

Nynex

Manchester, Angleterre

21000 spectateurs

Martin Schleyer Halle

Stuttgart, Allemagne

15500 spectateurs

McNichols Arena

Denver, USA

17171 spectateurs

Fila Forum

Milan, Italie

12000 spectateurs

Miami Arena

Miami, USA

16508 spectateurs

Rose Garden Arena

Portland, USA

15000 spectateurs

Olimpiski

Moscou, Russie

25000 spectateurs

Olympiahalle

Munich, Allemagne

15500 spectateurs

Orlando Arena

Orlando, USA

18039 spectateurs

Pacific Coliseum

Vancouver, Canada

17500 spectateurs

Palasport

Bologne, Italie

15000 spectateurs

Palau Sant Jordi

Barcelone, Espagne

24000 spectateurs

Patriot Center

Fairfax, USA

10356 spectateurs

Reunion Arena

Dallas, USA

19071 spectateurs

Scandinavium

Goteborg, Suède

14000 spectateurs

Shrine Expo Hall

Los Angeles, USA

6300 spectateurs

SKK Arena

Saint Petersbourg, Russie

25000 spectateurs

Sky Dome

Toronto, Canada

55000 spectateurs

Song Festival Grounds

Tartu, Estonie

50000 spectateurs

Sports Hall

Prague, République Tchèque

13150 spectateurs

Sports Palace

Saragosse, Espagne

15000 spectateurs

Ice Palace

Tampa, USA

21500 spectateurs

The Palace of Auburn Hills

Detroit, USA

23000 spectateurs

The Spectrum

Philadelphie, USA

18369 spectateurs

UNO Lakefront Arena

Nouvelle Orleans, USA

10000 spectateurs

America West Arena

Phoenix, USA

19000 spectateurs

Valby Hallen

Copenhague, Danemark

5000 spectateurs

Velodromo de Anoeta

San Sebastien, Espagne

5500 spectateurs

Cox Arena

San Diego, USA

12845 spectateurs

Vienna Stadthalle

Vienne, Autriche

16000 spectateurs

Waldbuhne

Berlin, Allemagne

25000 spectateurs

Wembley Arena

Londres, Angleterre

12500 spectateurs