New wave rock band Depeche Mode has announced plans to return to the world stage after nearly three years off the road. The band...

New wave rock band Depeche Mode has announced plans to return to the world stage after nearly three years off the road. The band will launch the Tour of the Universe 2009 with a European leg, beginning May 10 at Ramat Can Stadium in Tel Aviv, Israel, and continuing through a July 11 gig at the Super Bock Super Rock festival in Porto, Portugal.

Highlights for the European tour include a May 30 gig at the O2 Arena in London, England, and a June 16 show at Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy. Tickets for all shows go on sale to the public at 9 a.m. BST (or 4 a.m. EST) on Friday, October 10.

According to Depeche Mode’s official Web site, July visits to Spain will be announced in the near future. North and South American visits, as of yet unannounced, will follow the European jaunt. Live Nation is promoting the Tour of the Universe.

The trio — comprised of original members Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andrew Fletcher — is currently in the studio recording their 12th record, scheduled for release on April 20 through Mute/EMI. The band recently renewed its long-term deal with the label, which released all Depeche Mode’s records since the band’s 1981 debut, “Speak & Spell.”

The currently unnamed upcoming album is a follow-up to 2005’s “Playing the Angel,” which debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard 200. The record sold more than three million copies around the world, but currently hovers just below Gold certification in the U.S.

Depeche Mode was last on the road during the 2005-2006 season for Touring the Angel, which kicked off in North America before moving on to Europe. According to published reports, the trek was supposed to close on August 3 in Tel Aviv, but the show was cancelled due to safety concerns.

Depeche Mode itinerary:
(Dates subject to change.)

May 10Tel Aviv, ISRRamat Gan Stadium
May 12Athens, GRETerra Vibe
May 14Istanbul, TURTBA
May 16Bucharest, ROMParc Izvor
May 18Sofia, BULVasil Levski Stadium
May 20Belgrade, SERUSCE Park
May 21Zagreb, CROArena
May 23Warsaw, POLGwardia Stadium
May 25Riga, LATSkonto Hall
May 27Vilnius, LITZalgirio Stadionas
May 30London, ENGThe O2 Arena
June 2Hamburg, GERHSH Nordbank Arena
June 4Dusseldorf, GERLTU Arena
June 7Leipzig, GERZentralstadion
June 10Berlin, GEROlympiastadion
June 12Frankfurt, GERCommerzbank
June 13Munich, GEROlympiastadion
June 16Rome, ITAStadio Olimpico
June 18Milan, ITASan Siro Stadium
June 20Werchter, BELTW Classic Festival
June 22Bratislava, SLAInter Stadium
June 23Budapest, HUNPuskas Ferenc Stadium
June 25Prague, CZESlavia Stadium
June 27Paris, FRATBA
June 30Copenhagen, DENParken National Stadium
July 2Bergen, NORBergenshalle
July 3Arvika, SWEArvikafestivalen
July 11Lisbon, PORSuper Bock Super Rock

Last Updated on March 2, 2009 by By Allison Reitz