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Depeche Mode‘s Tour of the Universe European leg announced last week has seen record number of tickets sold since going on sale last Friday (October 10).

A spokesman for the 02 Arena where DM will play their only UK date on May 30, 2009 says that tickets: “Sold out in literally minutes blocking phone lines and crashing websites as fans scrambled for tickets, all European promoters are reporting record sales with early sell outs across mainland Europe.”

Adding: “This is remarkable in light of the fact that tickets went on sale 8 months before the first show and we will not be hearing anything from the new record until the new single hits radio in February and the new album is not out until April next year.”

This is Depeche Mode’s first tour since 2006’s ‘Playing the Angel’ concerts, which broke records with 1.8 million tickets sold.

Depeche Mode are set to play the following mammoth venues next year:

TEL AVIV, Ramat Gan Stadium, Israel (May 10)
ATHENS, Terra Vibe Park, Greece (12)
ISTANBUL, Venue TBA, Turkey (14)
BUCHAREST, Parc Izvor, Romania (16)
SOFIA, Vasil Levski Stadium, Tuborg Greenfest, Bulgaria (18)
BELGRADE, USCE Park, Tuborg Greenfest, Serbia (20)
ZAGREB, Arena, Tuborg Greenfest, Croatia (21)
WARSAW, Gwardia Stadium, Poland (23)
RIGA, Skonto Stadium, Latvia (25)
VILNIUS, Zalgirio Stadionas, Lithuania (27)
LONDON, O2 Arena, UK (30)
HAMBURG, HSH Nordbank Arena, Germany (June 2)
DUSSELDORF, LTU Arena, Germany (4)
LEIPZIG, Zentralstadion, Germany (7)
BERLIN, Olympiastadion, Germany (10)
FRANKFURT, Commerzbank Arena, Germany (12)
MUNICH, Olympiastadion, Germany (13)
ROME, Stadio Olimpico, Italy (16)
MILAN, Stadio San Siro, Italy (18)
WERCHTER, TW Classic Festival, Belgium (20)
BRATISLAVA, Inter Stadium, Slovakia (22)
BUDAPEST, Puskas Ferenc Stadium, Hungary (23)
PRAGUE, Slavia Stadium, Czech Republic (25)
PARIS, Stade De France, France (27)
COPENHAGEN, Parken Stadium, Denmark (30)
BERGEN, Koengen, Norway (July 2)
ARVIKA, Arvika Festival, Sweden (3)
PORTO, Super Bock Super Rock Festival, Portugal (11)

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