British synth-pop band Depeche Mode is planning a new album and worldwide tour that will take its members to North America in 2013.
Bandmates Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher announced their plans in Paris on Wednesday, joking that they'd never expected to have such longevity in music.
With hits like People are People and Barrel of a Gun, the band has sold 100 million records since emerging as pioneers of New Wave in the 1980s. The band last toured in 2009 and 2010.
"Performing onstage is really what it’s all about these days," Gahan said at Wednesday's press conference.
"It’s very different from what it was 20 years ago. You get the energy from the performance."
The tour launches in Tel Aviv on May 7, 2013, which will be followed by 34 shows in Europe and a leg in North America (with dates to be released).
Performing today is "really an emotional thing," Gahan added.
"It’s really raw and emotional to the point where at the end of tours, it’s hard to say goodbye."
Very few details of Depeche Mode's new recording, the band's 13th studio album, have been released. The trio say they've recorded 20 tracks, with five of the songs written by Gahan and most of the others by Gore, the band’s principal songwriter.
Earlier this year, frontman Gahan collaborated on an album with indie band The Soulsavers.