David Gahan's severe bout of gastroenteritis has forced Depeche Mode to cancel four more concerts on their Sounds of the Universe tour, the band announced in a statement. Gahan was rushed to the hospital earlier this week shortly before Depeche Mode were scheduled to perform a show in Athens, Greece. Yesterday's concert in Istanbul was also canceled. "Dave is currently undergoing further tests," the band said in the statement. "Depeche Mode apologizes to all their fans for this inconvenience and wish Dave a speedy recovery."
The nixed shows affect Bucharest, Romania; Sofia, Bulgaria; Belgrade, Serbia; and Zagreb, Croatia and mean the tour is shut down until at least May 21st. Ticket holders for all the shows are advised to hold on to their tickets as announcements regarding rescheduled dates or cancellations will be made shortly.
With Depeche Mode's Tour of the Universe booked through 2010, it is imperative that Gahan return to full health. The band is scheduled to come to North America in July, with a headlining gig at Lollapalooza also on the docket. Depeche Mode made a headline-grabbing appearance in Los Angeles earlier this month when they shut down Hollywood Blvd. during an outdoor performance for the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show.