Depeche Mode have a busy year planned for 2009. A brand-new posting on DM’s official website reveals that the ‘80s legends are currently at work on their twelfth studio album. The follow-up to 2005’s well-received Playing the Angel, which is still without a title, is presumably expected in 2009.

The band has also announced a full schedule of European dates for May and June, as part of their so-called “Tour of the Universe” (check the full schedule after the jump). The site indicates that July dates in Spain are forthcoming. No US dates as of yet, but if it really is a tour of the entire universe, it’s only a matter of time.

Tour dates after the jump.

Depeche Mode’s Tour of the Universe:

05.10 – Tel Aviv, ISR – Ramat Gan Stadium
05.12 – Athens, GRE – Terra Vibe
05.15 – Istanbul, TUR – Santral Istanbul
05.18 – Sofia, BUL – Levski Stadium
05.20 – Belgrade, SER – USCE Stadium
05.21 – Zagreb, CRO – Arena
05.23 – Warsaw, POL – Gwardia Stadium
05.25 – Riga, LAT – Skonto Stadium
05.27 – Vilnius, LIT – Stadium Zalgiris
05.30 – London, UK – O2 Arena
06.02 – Hamburg, GER – HSH Nordbank Arena
06.04 – Dusseldorf, GER – LTU Arena
06.07 – Leipzig, GER – Zentralstadion
06.10 – Berlin, GER – Olympiastadion
06.12 – Frankfurt, GER – Commerzbank Arena
06.13 – Munich, GER – Olympiastadion
06.16 – Rome, ITA – Curva Stadio Olimpico
06.17 – Milan, ITA – Stadio Giuseppe Meazza
06.20 – Werchter, BEL – Festival Grounds (TW Classic)
06.22 – Bratislava, SLA – Inter-Bratislava Stadium
06.23 – Budapest, HUN – Puskas Ferenc Stadium
06.25 – Prague, CZE – Slavia Stadium
06.27 – Paris, FRA – TBA
06.30 – Copenhagen, DEN – Parken National Stadium Denmark
07.02 – Bergen, NOR – TBA
07.03 – Arvika, SWE – Festival Grounds (Arvikafestivalen)
07.11 – Lisbon, POR – Parque Tejo (Super Bock Super Rock Festival)

-Sean H.