The concert in Bucharest has been set for May 16 next year in Izvor Park and will be organized by promoter EMag!c Entertainment, which also brought the band to for Romania for the first time, three years ago. Depeche Mode have so far not announced the name of their new album since it is currently in the making, but estimate it will be finished by Christmas, according to frontman David Gahan. Apart from members of the press, for the first time the press conference was open to 1,300 fans who came from all over Europe. The entrance to Berlin's Olympia stadium was taken by storm by fans who wanted to gain access and a place as close to the stadium's stage as possible.
“We have written so many songs that we would need a triple album to include them all,” said Andy Fletcher, the spokesman member of the band, explaining that the group was more inspired than ever and enjoyed working in the studio and penning new songs together.
Unlike other tours they have done in the past, Tour of the Universe will take place only in stadiums or open spaces (no halls included) to allow more of their fans to see them live. It will also be their biggest tour yet, with only the dates of the European leg having been announced so far. Things will kick off in Tel Aviv, where the band cancelled a concert during their previous tour due to the political climate, and will include 28 cities in 22 countries. In total, 1.3 million fans are expected to attend the gigs in Europe alone. “Some very serious people, the US army, said we will one day meet extra-terrestrial civilizations. It seems we are the first band on earth that is really prepared for this,” joked Fletcher, referring to the name of the tour.
Tickets for the Bucharest concert will be available from October 27 on the site www.myticket.ro and from the Diverta store network.