Depeche Mode To Play Music Awards

Depeche Mode has been added to the bill for the Echo German Music Awards, which take place at Berlin’s O2 World Feb. 21.
U2, Katy Perry, Amy Macdonald, Udo Lindenberg and Silbermond are among the other acts on the bill.

Depeche Mode put its upcoming Tour Of The Universe on sale in October, at the same time as other acts including AC/DC, Oasis, The Kings Of Leon and The Killers. The band benefited from the fact that the recession apparently hadn’t devastated the live music business.

Depeche Mode, which has German shows in Hamburg, Leipzig, Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich, reportedly shifted 250,000 tickets in three days.

The other acts also sold well. Marek Lieberberg sold 70 percent of the 360,000 Depeche Mode tickets for the German dates within a week of going on sale, and also had a more or less instant sellout with seven Metallica shows.

Lieberberg said the Depeche Mode campaign was kick-started by an Oct. 6 press conference in Berlin, which was attended by the 1,500 lucky fans who won tickets in a raffle and more than 300 journalists.

They awards show will be hosted by Barbara Schöneberger and Oliver Pocher and broadcast live by German TV channel ARD.