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Tour of the Universe
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Depeche Mode performing at the O2 Arena in London on 15 December 2009.
Tour by Depeche Mode
Locations Asia, Europe, North America,
South America
Supporting album Sounds of the Universe
Start date 6 May 2009
End date 27 February 2010
Legs 5
Shows 102 (current)

70 in Europe
27 in North America
4 in South America
1 in Asia
17 cancelled

Depeche Mode tour chronology
Touring the Angel
Tour of
the Universe


Tour of the Universe is a current concert tour by English electronic band Depeche Mode in support of the group's 12th studio album, Sounds of the Universe, which was released in April 2009.

The Live Nation produced tour, which was announced in October 2008 in Berlin,[1] kicked off with a warm-up show in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg in May 2009. By the end of the year, the tour had reached Europe, Asia, North America and South America.

Keyboardist Andrew Fletcher confirmed to a Spanish fan club that the concerts in Barcelona, Spain held at Palau Sant Jordi would be filmed for a future DVD release.



The first leg of the trek was disrupted when lead singer Dave Gahan was struck by a severe bout of gastroenteritis, which occurred before the band were to take to the stage in Athens.[2] Sixteen dates in total were subsequently cancelled or postponed. Gahan reportedly flew to the U.S. for treatment;[3] a low-grade malignant tumour in his bladder was found and successfully removed.

In June 2009, the band played their first show following Gahan's illness in Leipzig, Germany, resuming a European leg which eventually wrapped up in Bilbao, Spain. The tour was cut short after Gahan tore a calf muscle, forcing the cancellation of two dates.

In July 2009, the group commenced a tour of the U.S. and Canada. The leg, which featured a headline slot at the Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago,[4] began in Toronto and culminated in Sunrise, Florida in early September. In August, two dates in California were cancelled after Gahan received doctor's orders to serve a period of complete vocal rest.[5]

In October 2009, the band returned to North America to play four dates in Mexico. The leg continued on to Costa Rica and South America, their first shows in these territories since the Exotic Tour in 1994.

The group received attention in the media following the group's performance in Peru after it was reported that Gahan thanked the wrong country. According to reports, Gahan said: "Thank you very much, Chile" towards the end of the concert held in Lima.[6] However, this claim was later disputed by a band representative, who quoted Gahan as saying: "Thank you very much, good night" instead.[7] The leg eventually finished up in Buenos Aires. Later in the month, the act began a European leg of indoor venues, which kicked off in Oberhausen, Germany and culminated mid-December in Manchester, U.K..

In January 2010, the group commenced a third European leg starting in Berlin; it will eventually end late February in Düsseldorf, Germany. The tour includes a date as part of a series of concerts in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust, to be held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The leg also includes five shows that were rescheduled following Gahan's illness during the summer of 2009.


Setlist for
Asia, Europe, Leg #1,
North and South America
  1. "In Chains"
  2. "Wrong"
  3. "Hole to Feed"
  4. "Walking in My Shoes"
  5. "It's No Good"
  6. "A Question of Time"
  7. "Precious"
  8. "Fly on the Windscreen"
  9. Song performed by Martin Gore
  10. Song performed by Martin Gore
  11. "In Your Room"
  12. "I Feel You"
  13. "Enjoy the Silence"
  14. "Never Let Me Down Again"

  15. "Personal Jesus"
  16. "Waiting for the Night"
Setlist for
Europe, Leg #2 and #3

  1. "In Chains"
  2. "Wrong"
  3. "Hole to Feed"
  4. "Walking in My Shoes"
  5. "It's No Good"
  6. "A Question of Time"
  7. "Precious"
  8. "World in My Eyes"
  9. "Fly on the Windscreen"
  10. Song performed by Martin Gore
  11. Song performed by Martin Gore
    • "Home"
    • "Miles Away/The Truth Is"
    • "Come Back"
  12. "Policy of Truth"
  13. "In Your Room"
  14. "I Feel You"
  15. "Enjoy the Silence"
  16. "Never Let Me Down Again"

  17. Song performed by Martin Gore
    • "Somebody"
    • "A Question of Lust"
    • "Dressed in Black"
    • "One Caress"
  18. "Stripped"
  19. "Behind the Wheel"
  20. "Personal Jesus"

Note #1:

Note #2:

Setlist additions featuring multiple songs are options which are rotated between dates.

Setlists differ between dates, with rotated songs, possible minor song order changes and song omissions.
See below for further reference.

Listed below are the numerous variations on the setlist for this tour, assigned by the touring legs at which they were performed. Songs marked in bold are options among multiple choices which are rotated between dates; as such these are where the differences between setlists are most prominent. Omitted songs or song options, if any, are noted at the bottom of each variation. In the "Tour dates" section these setlists are represented in the "#" column, denoting which variation was performed at each date.

Israel and Europe, Leg #1

North and South America

Europe, Leg #2 and #3

Tour dates


Israel and Europe, Leg #1

Support act:

Date City Country Venue #
02009-05-066 May 2009 Luxembourg Esch-sur-Alzette Luxembourg Rockhal 1
02009-05-1010 May 2009 Israel Tel Aviv Israel Ramat Gan Stadium 1
02009-06-088 June 2009 Germany Leipzig Germany Zentralstadion 2
02009-06-1010 June 2009 Germany Berlin Germany Olympiastadion 2
02009-06-1212 June 2009 Germany Frankfurt Germany Commerzbank-Arena 2
02009-06-1313 June 2009 Germany Munich Germany Olympiastadion 3
02009-06-1616 June 2009 Italy Rome Italy Stadio Olimpico 4
02009-06-1818 June 2009 Italy Milan Italy Stadio San Siro 4
02009-06-2020 June 2009 Belgium Werchter Belgium TW Classic Festival 4
02009-06-2222 June 2009 Slovakia Bratislava Slovakia Štadión Pasienky 4
02009-06-2323 June 2009 Hungary Budapest Hungary Stadion Puskás Ferenc 2
02009-06-2525 June 2009 Czech Republic Prague Czech Republic Stadion Eden 4
02009-06-2727 June 2009 France Paris France Stade de France 4
02009-06-2828 June 2009 France Nancy France Le Zénith 4
02009-06-3030 June 2009 Denmark Copenhagen Denmark Parken Stadium 4
02009-07-011 July 2009 Germany Hamburg Germany HSH Nordbank Arena 1 4
02009-07-033 July 2009 Sweden Arvika Sweden Arvika Festival 5
02009-07-066 July 2009 France Carcassonne France Esplanade Gambetta 4
02009-07-088 July 2009 Spain Valladolid Spain Estadio José Zorrilla 4
02009-07-099 July 2009 Spain Bilbao Spain BBK Live Festival 5

1 = Rescheduled from 2 June 2009.

U.S. and Canada

Support act:

Date City Country Venue #
02009-07-2424 July 2009 Canada Toronto, ON Canada Molson Amphitheatre 6
02009-07-2525 July 2009 Canada Montreal, QC Canada Bell Centre 7
02009-07-2828 July 2009 United States Bristow, VA United States Nissan Pavilion 7
02009-07-3131 July 2009 United States Mansfield, MA United States Comcast Center 8
02009-08-011 August 2009 United States Atlantic City, NJ United States Borgata Event Center 9
02009-08-033 August 2009 United States New York City, NY United States Madison Square Garden 7
02009-08-044 August 2009 United States New York City, NY United States Madison Square Garden 10
02009-08-077 August 2009 United States Chicago, IL United States Lollapalooza Festival 11
02009-08-1010 August 2009 United States Seattle, WA United States KeyArena 12
02009-08-1616 August 2009 United States Los Angeles, CA United States Hollywood Bowl 13
02009-08-1717 August 2009 United States Los Angeles, CA United States Hollywood Bowl 14
02009-08-1919 August 2009 United States Anaheim, CA United States Honda Center 15
02009-08-2020 August 2009 United States Santa Barbara, CA United States Santa Barbara Bowl 16
02009-08-2222 August 2009 United States Las Vegas, NV United States Pearl Concert Theater 17
02009-08-2323 August 2009 United States Phoenix, AZ United States US Airways Center 18
02009-08-2525 August 2009 United States West Valley City, UT United States The E Center 19
02009-08-2727 August 2009 United States Morrison, CO United States Red Rocks Amphitheatre 20
02009-08-2929 August 2009 United States Dallas, TX United States Center 21
02009-08-3030 August 2009 United States The Woodlands, TX United States Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion 22
02009-09-011 September 2009 United States Atlanta, GA United States Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood 20
02009-09-044 September 2009 United States Tampa, FL United States Ford Amphitheatre 20
02009-09-055 September 2009 United States Sunrise, FL United States BankAtlantic Center 23

Mexico, Central and South America

Support act:

  • Feedbackers (Lima only)
Date City Country Venue #
02009-10-011 October 2009 Mexico Guadalajara Mexico Arena VFG 20
02009-10-033 October 2009 Mexico Mexico City Mexico Foro Sol 20
02009-10-044 October 2009 Mexico Mexico City Mexico Foro Sol 24
02009-10-066 October 2009 Mexico Monterrey Mexico Arena 20
02009-10-088 October 2009 Costa Rica Alajuela Costa Rica Autódromo La Guácima 25
02009-10-1010 October 2009 Colombia Bogotá Colombia Parque Simón Bolívar 20
02009-10-1313 October 2009 Peru Lima Peru Explanada Estadio Monumental 20
02009-10-1515 October 2009 Chile Santiago Chile Club Hipico 20
02009-10-1717 October 2009 Argentina Buenos Aires Argentina Personal Fest 26

Europe, Leg #2

Support act:

Date City Country Venue #
02009-10-3131 October 2009 Germany Oberhausen Germany König Pilsener Arena 27
02009-11-011 November 2009 Germany Bremen Germany AWD-Dome 28
02009-11-033 November 2009 Germany Hannover Germany TUI Arena 29
02009-11-077 November 2009 Germany Mannheim Germany SAP Arena 30
02009-11-088 November 2009 Germany Stuttgart Germany Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle 31
02009-11-1010 November 2009 Switzerland Geneva Switzerland Palexpo 31
02009-11-1212 November 2009 Spain Valencia Spain Recinto Ferial 31
02009-11-1414 November 2009 Portugal Lisbon Portugal Pavilhão Atlântico 32
02009-11-1616 November 2009 Spain Madrid Spain Palacio de Deportes 32
02009-11-1717 November 2009 Spain Madrid Spain Palacio de Deportes 33
02009-11-2020 November 2009 Spain Barcelona Spain Palau Sant Jordi 34
02009-11-2121 November 2009 Spain Barcelona Spain Palau Sant Jordi 35
02009-11-2323 November 2009 France Lyon France Halle Tony Garnier 36
02009-11-2525 November 2009 Italy Bologna Italy Futurshow Station 36
02009-11-2626 November 2009 Italy Turin Italy PalaOlimpico 37
02009-11-2828 November 2009 Germany Erfurt Germany Messehalle 38
02009-11-3030 November 2009 Netherlands Rotterdam Netherlands Ahoy 38
02009-12-011 December 2009 Germany Nuremberg Germany Arena 38
02009-12-033 December 2009 Austria Vienna Austria Stadthalle 38
02009-12-066 December 2009 Switzerland Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion 38
02009-12-077 December 2009 Switzerland Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion 39
02009-12-1010 December 2009 Republic of Ireland Dublin Ireland The O2 38
02009-12-1212 December 2009 United Kingdom Glasgow United Kingdom SECC 38
02009-12-1313 December 2009 United Kingdom Birmingham United Kingdom LG Arena 37
02009-12-1515 December 2009 United Kingdom London United Kingdom O2 Arena 38
02009-12-1616 December 2009 United Kingdom London United Kingdom O2 Arena 40
02009-12-1818 December 2009 United Kingdom Manchester United Kingdom Evening News Arena 38

Europe, Leg #3

Support act:

Date City Country Venue #
02010-01-099 January 2010 Germany Berlin Germany O2 World 38
02010-01-1111 January 2010 Hungary Budapest Hungary Papp László Sportaréna 38
02010-01-1414 January 2010 Czech Republic Prague Czech Republic O2 Arena 38
02010-01-1717 January 2010 France Liévin France Stade Couvert Régional
02010-01-1919 January 2010 France Paris France Palais Omnisports Bercy
02010-01-2020 January 2010 France Paris France Palais Omnisports Bercy
02010-01-2323 January 2010 Belgium Antwerp Belgium Sportpaleis
02010-01-2525 January 2010 Sweden Malmö Sweden Arena
02010-01-2626 January 2010 Sweden Gothenburg Sweden Scandinavium
02010-01-2929 January 2010 Norway Bergen Norway Vestlandshallen 2
02010-01-3131 January 2010 Sweden Stockholm Sweden Ericsson Globe
02010-02-022 February 2010 Finland Helsinki Finland Hartwall Areena
02010-02-044 February 2010 Russia Saint Petersburg Russia SKK Arena
02010-02-066 February 2010 Russia Moscow Russia Olimpiisky Sports Complex
02010-02-088 February 2010 Ukraine Kiev Ukraine Palace of Sports
02010-02-1010 February 2010 Poland Łódź Poland Atlas Arena
02010-02-1111 February 2010 Poland Łódź Poland Atlas Arena
02010-02-1414 February 2010 Croatia Zagreb Croatia Arena 3
02010-02-1717 February 2010 United Kingdom London United Kingdom Royal Albert Hall
02010-02-2020 February 2010 United Kingdom London United Kingdom O2 Arena 4
02010-02-2222 February 2010 Denmark Horsens Denmark CASA Arena
02010-02-2323 February 2010 Denmark Horsens Denmark CASA Arena
02010-02-2626 February 2010 Germany Düsseldorf Germany Esprit Arena 5
02010-02-2727 February 2010 Germany Düsseldorf Germany Esprit Arena 5

2 = Rescheduled from 2 July 2009 at Koengen Arena.
3 = Rescheduled from 21 May 2009.
4 = Rescheduled from 30 May 2009.
5 = Rescheduled from 4 June and 5 June 2009 respectively.

Cancelled dates

Date City Country Venue R
12 May 2009 Greece Athens Greece Terra Vibe Park 1
14 May 2009 Turkey Istanbul Turkey SantralIstanbul
16 May 2009 Romania Bucharest Romania Parc Izvor
18 May 2009 Bulgaria Sofia Bulgaria Vasil Levski National Stadium
20 May 2009 Serbia Belgrade Serbia Ušće Park
23 May 2009 Poland Warsaw Poland Stadion Gwardii
25 May 2009 Latvia Riga Latvia Skonto Stadions
27 May 2009 Lithuania Vilnius Lithuania Žalgirio Stadionas
31 May 2009 Netherlands Landgraaf Netherlands Pinkpop Festival
7 June 2009 Germany Leipzig Germany Zentralstadion
11 July 2009 Portugal Porto Portugal Super Bock Super Rock Festival 2
12 July 2009 Spain Seville Spain Estadio Olímpico
12 August 2009 United States Mountain View, CA United States Shoreline Amphitheatre 3
14 August 2009 United States Chula Vista, CA United States Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
22 October 2009 Brazil Rio de Janeiro Brazil Citibank Hall 4
24 October 2009 Brazil São Paulo Brazil Arena Anhembi
4 December 2009 Austria Graz Austria Stadthalle 5



Performance in Athens cancelled due to Dave Gahan's severe bout of gastroenteritis. Following subsequent cancellations of eight further shows, the tour was eventually confirmed to recommence in June as Gahan focused on full recovery. Although a portion of the dates were rescheduled, the band's appearance at the Pinkpop Festival in the Netherlands was pulled, while all remaining dates and one of two dates in Leipzig were cancelled indefinitely due to "scheduling conflicts".

Dates cancelled due to injury; Dave Gahan tore a calf muscle during the group's performance in Bilbao.




Dates cancelled due to "doctor's orders"; Dave Gahan was required to serve a period of complete vocal rest.

Dates cancelled due to "logistics of recently rescheduled
European dates".

Date cancelled due to "rescheduling of a number of postponed dates".



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