By Isabela Varela
Since they hit their stride in the mid-80s, Depeche Mode have been making stadium music for misfits and outsiders—for the quirky kids who wore all black in high school, scrawled song lyrics in their notebooks and pledged to never go “mainstream.”
The 2017 version of Depeche Mode fandom is older and wiser, of course, and so are Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher, but they continue to maintain their unique status as cool nonconformists who just happen to have sold 100 million albums over their long career.
Depeche Mode’s 14th studio release, Spirit, may be their most overtly political statement to date—a product of the times we live in—yet their music retains the sinister, sexy undertones that have made the electro-rock pioneers one of the most successful and influential bands of their generation.
The Global Spirit Tour kicked off in May 2017 with a string of sold-out stadium shows in Europe before moving to arenas across North America. Earlier this month the band played a record-breaking four nights at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles—more than any other act in the Bowl’s history. Edmontonians will get to experience the Global Spirit Tour for themselves when the British trio hit Rogers Place on Friday, October 27.