Depeche Mode, mourning their keyboardist Andy Fletcher, expect a “painful” tour

The group, which has just announced a new album and a European tour, commemorates the passing of Andy Fletcher, who passed away last May.

Martin Gore, co-founder of Depeche Mode and its lead songwriter, expects to see ghosts during the British group’s world tour following the death of bandmate Andy Fletcher, he said in an interview Wednesday to AFP. .

The sudden disappearance of keyboardist Fletcher in May after four decades of collaboration continues to haunt the British group, which on Tuesday in Berlin announced the release of a new album in 2023 and a world tour in stride, the first in five years. .

“Andy loved hotel bars. As we travel the world, I expect to see him sitting in hotel bars with a pint in front of him. I can’t help it,” says Gore, 61.

“When I got back to the hotel in Berlin, when I saw the bar where I had seen it so many times, I knew it was going to happen again on our next tour,” says the musician. “I realized it was going to be more painful than I imagined,” he adds.

Titled Memento mori, the band’s 15th studio album will be released next March. Inspired by both the pandemic and the loss of Fletcher, who died of aortic dissection at the age of 60, the album will precede a tour, the band’s 19th, which begins in Sacramento, California. Concerts are planned in particular in London, Berlin and Paris.

“His passing has somehow cemented the title of the album,” says Gore. “We thought it was a good title anyway, after his death it felt really right.”

40 years of success

Depeche Mode have sold over one hundred million records worldwide. Among his greatest hits, I just can not get enough, Everything matters, Never let me down againWhere is it walking in my shoes. Pioneers of synthetic pop in the early 80s, they developed this genre to get rid of it by opening up to guitars in the early 90s.

Gore says many of the songs on the new album are inspired by his 60th birthday and a creeping sense of his own finiteness. But he is also happy to see younger generations adopt the band’s music, both his classics and more recent compositions.

“If you have parents who really like a band, who play their music all the time, and that’s right, then the kids will always listen to it too,” says Gore.

“Stay on the cutting edge”

“It’s one of my best theories as to why we have so many young people at our concerts and even waiting outside the hotel to see us. Every time it’s a real surprise.” According to him, the group still considers itself a pioneer of electronic music, a way not to sink into nostalgia.

“We have always tried to keep up with (technology) and it has always been important for us to have young up and coming remixes to do our remixes and keep up with them.” “I think it makes us interesting for a younger generation,” she concludes.

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