‘Touring The Angel: Live In Milan’ DCD/CD

June, 28, 2006 / 0 comments

Depeche Mode - Touring The Angel

“The most popular electronic band the world has ever known” – Q
“One of the greatest British pop groups of all time” – Sunday Telegraph

Depeche Mode’s ‘Touring The Angel’ was one of the most successful, highly grossing and critically acclaimed tours of the last year. Hailed as the greatest live performances of their career, it can be re-lived from September 25th when it’s released as a special edition 3-disc set, featuring the full-length live show and a host of exclusive extras on two DVDs and a live audio CD.

Directed by Blue Leach, who has previously worked with R.E.M, it was recorded at Milan’s Fila Forum on February 18th and 19th 2006 and sees the band at their live best with a pulsing sound, electric stage presence and ecstatic audience.

“Touring the Angel was probably the most enjoyable, rewarding live show we’ve ever done”, says Dave Gahan. “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.”

“It had been four years since the last tour, so we were ready to take the album on the road” adds Andy ‘Fletch’ Fletcher. “For us, everything came together – it was one of our definitive live moments, especially as we got to perform older, equally special tracks.”

The first DVD features over 20 stunning live songs, including the recent hit singles ‘Precious’, ‘A Pain That I’m Used To’, ‘Suffer Well’ and ‘John The Revelator’ plus the definitive ‘Just Can’t Get Enough’, ‘I Feel You’, ‘Enjoy The Silence’ and many more.

DVD2 features a range of exclusive extras, including: two bonus live songs – 1986’s smash-hit ‘A Question of Lust’ and ‘Playing The Angel’s ‘Damaged People’ – plus a 20-minute documentary featuring Anton Corbijn, who directed the video for ‘Suffer Well’ and created the tour’s six stage screens, which also appear here.

“We worked with Anton Corbijn on the stage designs, which gave a continuity from the videos” adds Dave Gahan. “It was definitely felt like one of our strongest tours – both musically and visually.”

Additionally, the DVD boasts the official tour announcement from Germany, Summer 2005, and the previously unreleased ‘Playing The Angel’ electronic press kit. Meanwhile, the audio CD features over thirty minutes of stunning live tracks from the concert.

The European leg of the world tour followed 24 American dates and featured four UK shows – including two at London’s Wembley Arena. It sold-out 69 arena dates throughout 30 countries, with 800,000 tickets sold in Europe alone, and was their first since 2001’s ‘Exciter’, where they played to nearly two million people. In total, Depeche Mode played to 2.5 million people across 31 countries this year.

International sales of ‘Playing The Angel’ have surpassed two million, seeing them reach Number 1 in eighteen countries, plus Top Ten in the UK, US and Canada. The album has been certified multiple platinum and gold in 20 countries.

Source: depeche mode dot com