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With over 100 million albums and singles sold, Depeche Mode is one of the biggest electronic music bands of all time. The group is hitting the road in support of their latest album, Delta Machine. Claim your spot by getting Depeche Mode tickets.
|First Album:||Speak & Spell (1981)|
The beginnings of Depeche Mode can be traced back to a number of bands formed in the late 1970s, the direct descendent of which was called Composition of Sound, formed in 1979 by Vince Clark, Andrew Fletcher, and Martin Gore. Shortly after forming the band, they recruited Dave Gahan, shed every instrument except their synthesizers, and renamed themselves Depeche Mode. The band released its debut album Speak & Spell in 1981, which reached number 10 on the UK's BPI chart.
Clark left the band shortly afterward, but despite the loss, Depeche Mode powered on and released A Broken Frame in 1982 to a #8 ranking. The album spawned two singles, including the top ten hit "See You." The next album, Construction Time Again, improved the band's popularity even more, and the 1984 release of Some Great Reward gave the band commercial success on both sides of the Atlantic for the first time. The rise of alternative music at the end of the decade turned their seventh album, Violator, into a smash hit. It was the band's first record to receive multi-platinum status, selling over three million copies in the United States. The following album, Songs of Faith and Devotion, gave them their first number one charting album in the United States.
In 1995, Wilder left the group after 13 years, and Gahan faced heroin addiction, eventually entering a rehabilitation facility after a suicide attempt. After a four-year hiatus from recording, the band came back with Ultra in 1997, which gave them a second number one hit in the U.S. The first decade of the 21st century has seen moderate successes in the form of 2001's Exciter, which has charted at number nine in the U.S. and eight in the U.K., and 2005's Playing the Angel, which charted at number six and seven respectively. In 2006, the band headlined at Coachella and in 2007 they announced that they were heading back to the studio for the recording of their twelfth studio album Sounds of the Universe, which was released in April of 2009.
Depeche Mode has always been known for their sell-out tours. For example, the final show of the 1987 Music for the Masses tour at the Pasadena Rose Bowl drew over 60,000 attendees, while the mid-'90s World Violation Tour saw crowds of 40,000 at Giants Stadium and Dodger Stadium.