.

Dave Gahan Rushed to Hospital, Depeche Mode Cancel Gig

May 12, 2009 6:18 PM ET

Depeche Mode's concert in Athens, Greece, was canceled today, May 12th, after lead singer Dave Gahan reportedly fell ill and was forced to go to the hospital, Reuters reports. "We regret today's performance has to be canceled... David Gahan fell ill in his dressing room," a concert organizer told the audience of 20,000 at the Greek capital's Terra Vibe Park. Details are sketchy, but Gahan was reportedly "rushed" to the hospital. According to the AFP, organizers hinted that Gahan might have suffered from "suspected gastroenteritis" and could potentially perform tomorrow if his condition improved, but no official word has been issued.

The band is currently on tour to promote new album Sounds of the Universe; concerts are booked through 2010. Most notably, the synth-rock icons are also scheduled to headline a night at this year's Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago. No word whether Gahan's illness will result in more cancellations. Stay tuned to Rock Daily for more information as it comes in.

Last month, Depeche Mode drew more than 12,000 fans to their performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, which was the largest crowd the show had ever seen since launching in 2003.

Related Stories:

In the Studio: Depeche Mode Go Spiritual
Q&A: David Gahan
Photo Gallery: Depeche Mode

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

prev
Music Main Next
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.

X

We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“American Girl”

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | 1976

It turns out that a single with "American" in its title--recorded on the Fourth of July during the nation's Bicentennial, no less--can actually sell better in Britain. Coupled with the Heartbreakers' flair for Byrds jangle and Animals hooks, though, is Tom Petty's native-Florida drawl that keeps this classic grounded at home. Petty dispelled rumors that the song was about a suicidal student, explaining that the inspiration came from when he was 25 and used to salute the highway traffic outside his apartment window. "It sounded like the ocean to me," he recalled. "That was my ocean. My Malibu. Where I heard the waves crash, but it was just the cars going by."

More Song Stories entries »
 
www.expandtheroom.com