Depeche Mode tops Billboard’s latest tally of Hot Tours (see list below) with $46.5 million in box office revenue reported from 613,701 sold seats at the first 17 venues on the band’s Global Spirit tour. With shows booked in three continents through next March, the world tour kicked off with an 11-week trek set in stadiums in 33 cities in Europe. Included in this first group of reported concerts is the opening performance on May 5 in Stockholm through shows on June 11 and 12 in Hannover, Germany, the tour’s only two-show engagement during the European run.
The Hannover concerts were held at HDI-Arena, with a total of 73,050 sold tickets logged at both performances. Combined ticket sales topped $6.2 million during the two-night stint. The highest gross among the stadiums that hosted the band for a single concert was reported at London Stadium. Built for the 2012 Summer Olympics, the venue held 65,191 fans for a June 3 concert with $5.2 million in sales. It is the band’s only appearance in the United Kingdom during the summer stretch, although shows at three arenas in the country are booked during a second European leg in November.