Depeche Mode plans North American concert tour this summer

Depeche Mode plans North American concert tour this summer

LOS ANGELES, March 11 (UPI) -- British electronic band Depeche Mode announced plans Monday for a North American concert tour this summer.
New Depeche Mode album set for March release

New Depeche Mode album set for March release

NEW YORK, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Depeche Mode is to release a new album in March, then embark on a European concert tour to support it, Columbia Records said Tuesday.
Depeche Mode resumes tour

Depeche Mode resumes tour

LONDON, June 10 (UPI) -- The British rock band Depeche Mode has resumed its tour after front man Dave Gahan's surgery to remove a low-grade malignant tumor from his bladder.
Depeche Mode singer has cancer surgery

Depeche Mode singer has cancer surgery

LONDON, May 28 (UPI) -- Dave Gahan, the lead singer of Depeche Mode, has undergone surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his bladder, the British band said on its Web site.
Depeche Mode scraps concert dates

Depeche Mode scraps concert dates

LONDON, May 15 (UPI) -- Depeche Mode has been forced to cancel concert dates in Turkey, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Croatia, the British band's spokesman said.
Depeche Mode frontman hospitalized

Depeche Mode frontman hospitalized

ATHENS, Greece, May 13 (UPI) -- Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan has been hospitalized for an undisclosed illness, forcing his bandmates to cancel a gig in Greece, concert organizers said.

Depeche Mode singer goes solo again

NEW YORK , Oct. 23 (UPI) -- Dave Gahan of the British band Depeche Mode says his second solo album came as something of a surprise.
Dave Gahan
Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode arrives for the special screening of "Sweeney Todd" for the New York Goth community at the Chelsea West Theater in New York on December 20, 2007. (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh)

Dave Gahan (pronounced /ˈɡɑːn/; born 9 May 1962 in Epping, Essex, United Kingdom) is the baritone lead singer for the British electronic band Depeche Mode, and is also an accomplished solo artist.

Born into a working class family, to parents Sylvia (a conductress on London's buses known as "a clippy") and Len (a bus driver), Gahan was six months old when his father left the family. Sylvia and Len divorced two years later and his mother moved Gahan and sister Sue (born 1960) to Basildon, Essex, after Sylvia met and married her second husband Jack (an administrator with Shell Oil). The Gahan family continued to grow with the birth of two more brothers Peter (born 1966) and Phil (born 1968). Dave and Sue were raised under the impression that their mother's second husband, Jack Gahan, was their natural father.

In 1972, when Gahan was ten, his stepfather died. Gahan recalls how he "came home one day and found this bloke at home". Of the incident, he has said: "I'll never forget that day. When I came home from school, there was this stranger in my mum's house. My mother introduced him to me as my real dad. I remember I said, that was impossible because my father was dead. How was I supposed to know who that man was? From that day on, Len often visited the house, until one year later he disappeared again. Forever this time. Since then he had no contact with us. By growing older, I thought about him more and more. The only thing my mother would say, was that he moved out to Jersey to open a hotel". "Mum had kept it back from me 'til there was a need to tell me about my birth father, it's a different generation and you can understand I guess she thought she was doing the right thing".

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