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Depeche Mode to shut down Hollywood Boulevard

April 21, 2009 |  1:09 pm

Stadium rockers Depeche Mode will shut down part of Hollywood on Thursday evening, performing a free outdoor concert for a late-night talk show. Designed to hype the group's new album, "Sounds of the Universe," the concert will double as a branding event.

The '80s survivalists will perform at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street at 8 p.m., where a new hotel complex is being built. Before the concert, guests can walk a few blocks to the corner of Hollywood and Highland Avenue to shop at another Depche Mode-endorsed brand.

Those hoping to get up close, however, may be out of luck, as Depeche Mode fans have snatched up all the free passes. The Times earlier posted more details:

Parts of the 8 p.m. event will be videotaped for airing later that night on the "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" show.

Concert planners say the event is designed to both promote the band's new "Sounds of the Universe" album and world tour as well as the "return of Golden Age excitement and lifestyle" to Hollywood with the new W Hotel.

The $350-million development, scheduled for completion this fall, includes a 305-room hotel and 143 adjoining luxury condominiums that will come with hotel concierge service.

Promoters said Depeche Mode fans have snapped up all of the free passes for the concert, although 3,000 more have been set aside for KROQ-FM (106.7) and Kimmel's in-studio audience at the nearby El Capitan Entertainment Center. They said that as many as 10,000 can be accommodated in the block-long concert area, which will be equipped with large-screen TVs so those in the back can see the show.

The MTA Red Line's Hollywood and Vine station will remain open, for those who who want to take in the scene. Look for a review of Depeche Mode's "Sounds of the Universe" soon on Pop & Hiss.

-- Todd Martens

Photo: Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times