Touring the Angel

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Touring the Angel
Concert by Depeche Mode
Tierecke gahan.jpg
Depeche Mode performing at the O2 Wireless Festival in London on 25 June 2006.
Associated albumPlaying the Angel
Start date28 October 2005
End date1 August 2006
No. of shows124
85 in Europe
39 in North America
Depeche Mode concert chronology

Touring the Angel was a 2005/2006 concert tour by English electronic group Depeche Mode in support of the act's 11th studio album, Playing the Angel, which was released in October 2005.

The tour, which was officially announced in June 2005 in Düsseldorf, Germany, kicked off in October with a warm-up show in New York City called "Starting the Angel", it encompassed two continents, Europe and North America, with two legs between each.

The concerts held in Assago, near Milan, Italy were filmed and later released on a DVD release entitled Touring the Angel: Live in Milan.


The stage set, which was designed by Anton Corbijn,[1] was elaborate compared to previous Depeche Mode tours, it consisted of specially constructed pods to contain the act's MIDI controllers. Hidden screens at the rear of the stage, which displayed distorted images of the band members and movies related to the song being performed, were unveiled midway during the group's performance; these screens were accompanied by a large grey ball-shaped prop on the left of the stage, which contained an additional screen as well as a LED display which emitted various messages.

The tour began in late October 2005 with a special rehearsal show in New York City, dubbed "Starting the Angel"; the date was exclusive to invited guests, most of whom won access through radio station and internet contests. The first full-fledged show was in Tampa, Florida in early November, kicking off a six-week North American leg; the tour was supposed to begin in Sunrise, Florida, but that date was cancelled due to the after-effects of Hurricane Wilma,[2] which had spread across southern Florida a week prior to the show. The first leg ultimately concluded mid-December at the annual Almost Acoustic Christmas show, organised by radio station KROQ, in Universal City, California; the unique performance saw the band play a selection of songs in a stripped down acoustic set.

In January 2006, the group kicked off an extensive tour of Europe, beginning in Dresden, Germany; the leg lasted twelve weeks and included multiple shows in a number of cities. It also saw the addition of "Leave in Silence" in the group's setlists, which had not been performed live since the Black Celebration Tour in 1986; the tour eventually finished in early April with two dates in London; the band were the first act to perform in the newly refurbished Wembley Arena.[3]

The group following a performance at the O2 Wireless Festival in London in June 2006.
l-r: Peter Gordeno, Christian Eigner,
Dave Gahan, Martin Gore, Andrew Fletcher

In April 2006, the group returned to North America for a second round of shows, taking place in a mixture of indoor and outdoor venues; the leg began in Mountain View, California, followed by an appearance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California.[4]

In May 2006, the tour was slightly disrupted when lead singer Dave Gahan developed laryngitis during the group's performance at the Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri. Six tracks into the concert, Gahan left the stage for Martin Gore to begin his solo set performance, which was promptly extended by four additional songs until Gahan's condition was clarified; the show was officially cut and the concert to be held the following night in Chicago was cancelled. A press release regarding the cancellations stated that Gahan's voice was "challenged throughout the concert by the unusually cold temperatures at the venue" as well as a result of "coming off three concerts in Mexico."[5] No make-up date was announced to compensate for the axed performance in Kansas City; the tour resumed in Wantagh, New York and concluded later in the month in Bristow, Virginia.

In June 2006, the group began a second leg in Europe. All shows, apart from one in Dublin, were held outdoors. A number of dates were festival appearances, from the Heineken Jammin' Festival in Italy to the Benicàssim Festival in Spain; the leg kicked off in Nuremberg, Germany at the Rock im Park Festival.

Two dates on this leg were cancelled. A show to be held in Lisbon was pulled after it was claimed that the organisation promoting the shows had failed to pay suppliers' bills.[6] Another date, to be held in Tel Aviv, Israel, was cancelled due to the Second Lebanon War,[7] it was stated that the group's technical support team refused to travel to the region, citing "security fears".[8] The show was to be their first ever in Israel, as well as the sole Asian performance and final date of the entire tour; the trek instead culminated in Athens at Terra Vibe Park in early August, after nine months and 124 shows. In total, the band played to more than 2.8 million people across 32 countries.[9] The group eventually performed in Israel on Tour of the Universe in 2009.

Speaking about the tour, Gahan praised it as "probably the most enjoyable, rewarding live show we've ever done; the new material was just waiting to be played live. It took on a life of its own. With the energy of the crowds, it just came to life."[10]

Audio recordings of concerts on Touring the Angel were made available through the band's website on double CD format or as a digital download under the generic name Recording the Angel. All dates on the second legs of North America and Europe, excluding the shows in Kansas City, Kristiansand and Benicàssim, were released.

In September 2006, a live DVD of the group's concerts at the Fila Forum in Milan, Italy was released, entitled Touring the Angel: Live in Milan; the video was filmed and directed by Blue Leach.


Setlist for North America, Leg #1
and Europe, Leg #1
  1. "I Want It All" (Instrumental Intro)
  2. "A Pain That I'm Used To"
  3. "John the Revelator"
  4. "A Question of Time"
  5. "Policy of Truth"
  6. "Precious"
  7. "Walking in My Shoes"
  8. "Suffer Well"
  9. Song performed by Martin Gore
  10. Song performed by Martin Gore
    • "Home" (With bits from the "Air 'Around the Golf'" remix)
  11. "I Want It All"
  12. "The Sinner in Me"
  13. "I Feel You"
  14. "Behind the Wheel"
  15. "World in My Eyes"
  16. "Personal Jesus"
  17. "Enjoy the Silence"
  18. Song performed by Martin Gore
  19. "Just Can't Get Enough"
  20. "Everything Counts"
  21. "Never Let Me Down Again"
  22. "Goodnight Lovers"
General setlist for North America, Leg #2
and Europe, Leg #2
  1. "I Want It All" (Instrumental Intro)
  2. "A Pain That I'm Used To"
  3. "A Question of Time"
  4. "Suffer Well"
  5. "Precious"
  6. "Walking in My Shoes"
  7. "Stripped"
  8. Song performed by Martin Gore
    • "Home" (With bits from the "Air 'Around the Golf'" remix)
  9. Song performed by Martin Gore
  10. "In Your Room" (Zephyr Mix)
  11. "The Sinner in Me"
  12. "John the Revelator"
  13. "I Feel You"
  14. "Behind the Wheel"
  15. "World in My Eyes"
  16. "Personal Jesus"
  17. "Enjoy the Silence"
  18. Song performed by Martin Gore
  19. "Never Let Me Down Again"
Setlist for
Rehearsal Shows for fans
  1. "I Want It All" (Instrumental Intro)
  2. "A Pain That I'm Used To"
  3. "John the Revelator"
  4. "A Question of Time"
  5. "Precious"
  6. "Walking in My Shoes"
  7. "Suffer Well"
  8. Song performed by Martin Gore
  9. "I Want It All"
  10. "The Sinner in Me"
  11. "I Feel You"
  12. "Behind the Wheel"
  13. "World in My Eyes"
  14. "Personal Jesus"
  15. "Enjoy the Silence"
Setlist for KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas
  1. Song performed by Martin Gore
  2. "The Sinner in Me"
  3. "I Feel You"
  4. "John the Revelator"
  5. "Behind the Wheel"
  6. "Enjoy the Silence"
  7. Song performed by Martin Gore
  8. "Never Let Me Down Again"

Tour dates[edit]

List of concerts, showing date, city, country, and venue
Date City Country Venue/Event
North America
28 October 2005 New York City United States Bowery Ballroom
3 November 2005 Tampa St. Pete Times Forum
5 November 2005 Duluth Arena at Gwinnett Center
7 November 2005 Houston Toyota Center
8 November 2005 Dallas American Airlines Center
9 November 2005 San Antonio SBC Center
11 November 2005 Denver Magness Arena
12 November 2005 West Valley City The E Center
15 November 2005 Vancouver Canada General Motors Place
16 November 2005 Seattle United States KeyArena
18 November 2005 San Jose HP Pavilion
19 November 2005 San Diego iPayOne Center
21 November 2005 Los Angeles Staples Center
22 November 2005
23 November 2005 Anaheim Arrowhead Pond
25 November 2005 Glendale Glendale Arena
26 November 2005 Las Vegas The Joint
29 November 2005 Rosemont Allstate Arena
30 November 2005 Auburn Hills The Palace of Auburn Hills
1 December 2005 Toronto Canada Air Canada Centre
3 December 2005 Atlantic City United States Borgata Event Center
4 December 2005 Montreal Canada Centre Bell
7 December 2005 New York City United States Madison Square Garden
8 December 2005
9 December 2005 Fairfax Patriot Center
11 December 2005 Universal City Gibson Amphitheatre (KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas)
13 January 2006 Dresden Germany Messehalle
15 January 2006 Hamburg Color Line Arena
16 January 2006
18 January 2006 Berlin Velodrom
20 January 2006 Düsseldorf LTU Arena
21 January 2006
23 January 2006 Prague Czech Republic Sazka Arena
24 January 2006 Erfurt Germany Messehalle
26 January 2006 Frankfurt Festhalle Frankfurt
29 January 2006 Antwerp Belgium Sportpaleis
31 January 2006 Geneva Switzerland SEG Geneva Arena
1 February 2006 Marseille France Le Dôme de Marseille
3 February 2006 Toulouse Le Zénith
4 February 2006 Lyon Halle Tony Garnier
6 February 2006 Madrid Spain Palacio de Deportes
7 February 2006
8 February 2006 Lisbon Portugal Pavilhão Atlântico
10 February 2006 Barcelona Spain Palau Sant Jordi
11 February 2006
14 February 2006 Munich Germany Olympiahalle
15 February 2006
16 February 2006 Vienna Austria Wiener Stadthalle
18 February 2006 Assago Italy Fila Forum
19 February 2006
21 February 2006 Paris France Palais Omnisports Bercy
22 February 2006
23 February 2006
25 February 2006 Copenhagen Denmark Parken Stadium
26 February 2006 Gothenburg Sweden Scandinavium
28 February 2006 Oslo Norway Oslo Spektrum
1 March 2006 Stockholm Sweden Globe Arena
3 March 2006 Saint Petersburg Russia CKK Arena
4 March 2006 Moscow Luzhniki Palace of Sports
6 March 2006 Helsinki Finland Hartwall Arena
9 March 2006 Stuttgart Germany Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle
10 March 2006 Friedrichshafen Messehalle
11 March 2006 Mannheim SAP Arena
13 March 2006 Graz Austria Messehalle
14 March 2006 Katowice Poland Spodek
16 March 2006 Tallinn Estonia Saku Suurhall Arena
17 March 2006 Riga Latvia Arena Riga
18 March 2006 Vilnius Lithuania Siemens Arena
21 March 2006 Budapest Hungary László Papp Budapest Sports Arena
22 March 2006 Zagreb Croatia Dom Sportova
24 March 2006 Amnéville France Le Galaxie
25 March 2006 Douai Gayant Expo
26 March 2006 Rotterdam Netherlands Rotterdam Ahoy
28 March 2006 Zürich Switzerland Hallenstadion
30 March 2006 Manchester United Kingdom Manchester Evening News Arena
31 March 2006 Birmingham National Exhibition Centre
2 April 2006 London Wembley Arena
3 April 2006
North America
27 April 2006 Mountain View United States Shoreline Amphitheatre
29 April 2006 Indio Empire Polo Club (Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival)
30 April 2006 Las Vegas Theatre Under The Stars
4 May 2006 Mexico City Mexico Foro Sol
5 May 2006
7 May 2006 Monterrey Monterrey Arena
10 May 2006 Kansas City United States Starlight Theatre
13 May 2006 Wantagh Jones Beach Amphitheater
14 May 2006 Holmdel PNC Bank Arts Center
17 May 2006 Montreal Canada Centre Bell
18 May 2006 Toronto Air Canada Centre
20 May 2006 Atlantic City United States Borgata Event Center
21 May 2006 Bristow Nissan Pavilion
2 June 2006 Nuremberg Germany Luitpoldarena (Rock im Park)
4 June 2006 Nürburg Nürburgring (Rock am Ring)
5 June 2006 Bremen Weserstadion
7 June 2006 Aarhus Denmark NRGi Park
9 June 2006 Warsaw Poland Stadion Legii
11 June 2006 Bratislava Slovakia Inter Štadión
12 June 2006 Budapest Hungary Ferenc Puskás Stadium
14 June 2006 Ljubljana Slovenia Bežigrad Stadium
16 June 2006 Imola Italy Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari (Heineken Jammin' Festival)
17 June 2006 Interlaken Switzerland Greenfield Festival
21 June 2006 Sofia Bulgaria Lokomotiv Stadium
23 June 2006 Bucharest Romania Stadionul Național
25 June 2006 London United Kingdom Hyde Park (O2 Wireless Festival)
26 June 2006 Dublin Ireland Point Theatre
28 June 2006 Berlin Germany Waldbühne
29 June 2006 Arras France Grand-Place d'Arras (Main Square Festival)
1 July 2006 Belfort Site Naturel du Malsaucy (Eurockéennes)
2 July 2006 Werchter Belgium Festivalpark (Rock Werchter)
6 July 2006 Kristiansand Norway Quart Festival
7 July 2006 Stockholm Sweden Stockholm Olympic Stadium
10 July 2006 Locarno Switzerland Piazza Grande (Moon and Stars)
12 July 2006 Berlin Germany Waldbühne
13 July 2006
15 July 2006 Leipzig Festwiese
17 July 2006 Rome Italy Stadio Olimpico
19 July 2006 Nyon Switzerland Paléo Festival
20 July 2006 Nîmes France Arena of Nîmes
22 July 2006 San Sebastián Spain Anoeta Stadium
23 July 2006 Benicàssim Festival Internacional de Benicàssim
25 July 2006 Torrevieja Parque Antonio Soria
26 July 2006 Granada Plaza de Toros
30 July 2006 Istanbul Turkey Turkcell Kuruçeşme Arena
1 August 2006 Athens Greece Terra Vibe Park

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