Like U2, DM did the work. They toured endlessly and repetitively, and didn't flake out cancelling tours. For example, Moz cancelled a lot of shows or didn't tour (especially in the US), and New Order abdicated touring in the 90's, playing just 17 shows between 1989 and 2001.
In the same period, U2 and DM toured the US at stadium and arena level 4 times. And that's why DM play stadiums. They kept the momentum going. If you got into New Order in 1989 aged 16 but just missed them - unless you saw one of their 9 arena shows in the 1993 - you likely didn't get a chance to really see them in the US until you were 32 in 2005.
The quality of the shows are totally different... As I said before, Dave IS an entertainer, reminds me a little bit of Robbie Williams in that sense.
But Sumner can't entertain even the pensioners his age that go to his concerts. It also doesn't help when you insult your audience or go on stage totally drunk/high like the 81 Glastonbury festival. If you watch the footage on YT there was a lot of people saying they'd ask for their money back if there.
Depeche Mode: Sounds Of The Universe The 12" Singles.
Released 04/08/2023 via Sony
7LP Black Vinyl Box Set - £166.99
"Sounds of The Universe The 12" Singles, a deluxe collector's edition box set, contains seven 12" vinyl discs presenting singles-including Wrong, Peace, the double A-side Fragile Tension/Hole To Feed-alongside B-sides, remixes, dub versions and other recordings contemporaneous to Depeche Mode's 12th studio album, Sounds Of The Universe, originally released by Mute Records in April 2009.
Sounds of The Universe The 12" Singles offers a full range of ear-grabbing mixes-radio, club, dub and more-of Depeche Mode originals with three discs (Discs Two, Four and Seven) newly compiled for this collection, bringing together B- sides and mixes first released across CD and maxi -singles contemporaneous to the albums release."