Politico had a funny Depeche Mode related news bit up a few days ago. As it happens Luxembourg’s top politicians arrived at the NATO summit in Vilnius on a plane covered in the current Depeche Mode logo, which is a skull.
Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn, and Defense Minister François Bausch were surprised to see the “big red skull” on the plane, as they had expected to be flying on a more official government jet. The band itself joined in on the fun, posting about it on social media.
Below you see the Luxembourg’s NATO delegation descending Depeche Mode’s jet. The image is a still from a video from ZDF heute-Journal.
It turns out that Luxembourg’s army had tried to book a flight through the European Air Transport Command, but there weren’t enough private jets available. So, they chartered the Depeche Mode plane instead. Depeche Mode are currently on a world tour for their new album, “Momento Mori.” They flew to Rome on Wednesday for their next gig.
Your little #Luxembourg anecdote from the NATO summit here in Vilnius. The photos from the arrival of FM Asselborn and PM Bettel shows a big red skull on the plane used by peaceful little Luxembourg.— Philip Crowther (@PhilipinDC) July 11, 2023
It turns out they chartered a plane also used by the band @depechemode on tour. pic.twitter.com/VgBCEb6K7Q
The moral of the story is: If you want to fly to a NATO summit, make sure you book your flight early!
Depeche Mode recently announced an extensive list of new shows for 2024. The newly announced Memento Mori world tour dates are as follows:
- Jan 22: London O2 Arena, UK
- Jan 24: Birmingham Utilita Arena, UK
- Jan 29: Manchester AO Arena, UK
- Jan 31: Glasgow OVO Hydro, UK
- Feb 03: Dublin 3Arena, Ireland
- Feb 06: Antwerp Sportpaleis, Belgium
- Feb 08: Amsterdam Ziggo Dome, Holland
- Feb 10: Copenhagen Royal Arena, Denmark
- Feb 13: Berlin Mercedes-Benz Arena, Germany
- Feb 15: Berlin Mercedes-Benz Arena, Germany
- Feb 17: Hamburg Barclays Arena, Germany
- Feb 22: Prague O2 Arena, Czech Republic
- Feb 24: Prague, CZ O2 Arena, Czech Republic
- Feb 27: Lodz Atlas Arena, Poland
- Feb 29: Lodz Atlas Arena, Poland
- Mar 03; Paris Accor Arena, France
- Mar 05; Paris Accor Arena, France
- Mar 07: Munich Olympiahalle, Germany, Germany
- Mar 12: Madrid Wizink Center, Spain
- Mar 14: Madrid Wizink Center, Spain
- Mar 16: Barcelona Palau Sant Jordi, Spain
- Mar 19: Lisbon Altice Arena, Portugal
- Mar 21: Bilbao BEC, Spain
- Mar 23: Torino Pala Alpitour, Italy
- Mar 26: Budapest MVM Dome, Hungary
- Mar 28; Milan Mediolanum Forum, Italy
- Mar 30; Milan Mediolanum Forum, Italy
- Apr 3: Cologne Lanxess Arena, Germany
- Apr 5: Cologne Lanxess Arena, Germany
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