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Depeche Mode cancel US tour debut
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Depeche Mode are promoting their new album
Depeche Mode have cancelled the opening night of their US tour because of problems caused by Hurricane Wilma.

The band scrapped their appearance in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Wednesday due to power outages and curfews resulting from last week's storm.

They will now launch their Playing The Angel tour in St Petersburg, western Florida, on Thursday night.

The electro-pop band, best known for hits like Just Can't Get Enough, last toured the US in 2001.

'Excited'

Hurricane Wilma struck Florida's southwest coast on 24 October, and crossed the peninsula to the Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach region, leaving millions without power.

Most of it has been restored, but the area is still affected by debris, downed power lines and trees.

The situation led Depeche Mode to cancel the concert at Fort Lauderdale's Bank Atlantic Center.

The band's manager, Jonathan Kessler, said: "Depeche Mode were excited to launch the tour in south Florida.

"However, they're not willing to jeopardize the safety of their fans, who would be putting themselves at risk travelling to and from the event under dangerous conditions."

Refunds will be available for fans that purchased tickets for the Fort Lauderdale show who are not able to attend the St Petersburg concert.




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