(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —
Depeche Mode has teamed with Ticketmaster for the first-ever digital download, concert ticket pre-sale, on the iTunes Music Store. Depeche Mode fans will have a special opportunity to pre-order the band's new album, Playing the Angel, from the iTunes Music Store and to purchase advance tickets online from Ticketmaster for select dates on the band's upcoming North American tour before the album and tickets go on sale to the general public.
From Sept. 13-26, Depeche Mode fans who visit iTunes Music Store in the U.S. and pre-order the band's new album will receive a password for the chance to purchase up to four tickets from ticketmaster.com for select dates on the band's 2005 North American tour. The pre-sale offers Depeche Mode fans the chance to access priority concert seating before tickets go on sale to the general public beginning Sept. 24. Fans who pre-order Playing the Angel from iTunes will receive the album via digital download when it is released on Oct. 18 on Sire / Reprise Records.
Touring the Angel, Depeche Mode's first North American concert tour in four years, kicks off Nov. 2 in Ft. Lauderdale at Office Depot Center.
"Depeche Mode is once again pushing the wire for its fans and utilizing cutting edge technology to lead toward a better and faster way for fans to access new music and concert tickets," said Jonathan Kessler, Depeche Mode's manager.
Depeche Mode was the first-ever band to offer its fans the opportunity to secure advance concert tickets by pre-ordering its "The Singles 86-98" album online through a promotion with Ticketmaster in 1998.
"Depeche Mode always delivers for its fans," said Ticketmaster's David Goldberg. "Packaging event tickets with music makes sense and Depeche Mode's decision to do it digitally with iTunes is a great win for the band's fans." –Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner