U.K. synth-pop act Depeche Mode presented its plans for the “Tour of the Universe 2009" during an announcement at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.

In front of over 350 media representatives from all over Europe and about 1,000 fans today (Oct. 6), Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andrew Fletcher announced details of the European leg of the tour.

The tour will kick off in Tel Aviv (Ramat Gans Stadium) on May 10 2009. It will call at 28 cities in 22 countries, including six German open-air arenas in Hamburg (HSH Nordbank Arena), Dusseldorf (LTU Arena), Leipzig (Zentralstadion), Berlin (Olympiastadion), Frankfurt (Commerzbank Arena) and Munich (Olympiastadion). The tour will end on July 11 2009 in Portugal (Porto's Superbock Super Rock Festival). There are also dates in Greece, Turkey, U.K., Italy, Belgium, France, Denmark, Sweden and countries in Eastern Europe.

According to concert promoter Marek Lieberberg, managing director of MLK in Frankfurt, Depeche Mode will play to over 1.3 million fans. “It will be their first tour since 2006 [‘Playing The Angel Tour’] and that sold 1.8 million tickets in over 87 shows,” Lieberberg said.

The last concert of that tour was due at Tel Aviv's Hayarkon Park on Aug. 3 2006 and was cancelled because of the conflict with Lebanon. “That also is the reason why this time the band wanted to start in Israel," says Lieberberg.

During the press conference, snippets from the new album were played although the band did not want to comment on the record, refusing even to mention the title.

Andy Fletcher said: “There is still work in progress." He did announce that they have just concluded a new global deal with Mute/EMI.

Dave Gahan added: “This press conference is simply on the tour. Touring has always been our inspiration." After the European leg of the tour North America and South America dates will follow.

Asked about the name of the tour, Gahan said: “We have been told from somebody in the U.S. that we well find life from other planets."

Black-market dealers have already been offering tickets for the 2009 Depeche Mode tour ahead of the announcement.

"An attempt is being made to lure fans into a trap by using made-up tour dates without the slightest hope of being able to participate in normal advance ticket ordering,” said Lieberberg. "We reject all forms of collaboration with [secondary] ticket platforms and see absolutely no justification for them. Fans can obtain their tickets at the original price free of any additional surcharges directly from CTS Eventim in Bremen and the official affiliated outlets without any need to resort to a middleman."

All tickets for the Depeche Mode tour will be sold via a single authorised ticketer, CTS Eventim, at fixed prices plus fees. “To prevent unauthorised reselling of tickets, the number of tickets will be limited to four per order and sale. As well as this, the tickets will bear an express caution warning that commercial reselling of the tickets is not permitted", said Lieberberg. MLK concerts is owned by CTS Eventim.

Lieberberg continued: “We also have to blame the fans that they are buying at these platforms and allow such things to happen. This is not a particularly German phenomenon and the damages are enormous. We will follow each of the black market dealers with injunctions and any legal measures we have."

Dave Gahan added: “We are in close contact with Marek Lieberberg about this matter and are very conscious about our ticket prices. It is ridiculous what other acts are demanding in terms of ticket prices." Ticket prices are between €50 ($67) and €55 ($74) plus booking fees.