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.”

Insomniac browser for ticketing professionals

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 10 Tel Aviv, ISR Ramat Gan Stadium
May 12 Athens, GRE Terra Vibe
May 14 Istanbul, TUR TBA
May 16 Bucharest, ROM Parc Izvor
May 18 Sofia, BUL Vasil Levski Stadium
May 20 Belgrade, SER USCE Park
May 21 Zagreb, CRO Arena
May 23 Warsaw, POL Gwardia Stadium
May 25 Riga, LAT Skonto Hall
May 27 Vilnius, LIT Zalgirio Stadionas
May 30 London, ENG The O2 Arena
June 2 Hamburg, GER HSH Nordbank Arena
June 4 Dusseldorf, GER LTU Arena
June 7 Leipzig, GER Zentralstadion
June 10 Berlin, GER Olympiastadion
June 12 Frankfurt, GER Commerzbank
June 13 Munich, GER Olympiastadion
June 16 Rome, ITA Stadio Olimpico
June 18 Milan, ITA San Siro Stadium
June 20 Werchter, BEL TW Classic Festival
June 22 Bratislava, SLA Inter Stadium
June 23 Budapest, HUN Puskas Ferenc Stadium
June 25 Prague, CZE Slavia Stadium
June 27 Paris, FRA TBA
June 30 Copenhagen, DEN Parken National Stadium
July 2 Bergen, NOR Bergenshalle
July 3 Arvika, SWE Arvikafestivalen
July 11 Lisbon, POR Super Bock Super Rock