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1997: Ultra
« on: 06 May 2012 - 00:35:52 »
This thread contains all news items regarding the release of Ultra. The thread starts with Alan's statement about his departure, and ends with all news items from the year 1997.

Please let us know if you have any more news items.
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Re: 1997: Ultra
« Reply #1 on: 06 May 2012 - 00:36:44 »
1995-03-15 - MTV (US) - GuestsMTV: Dave Gahan online chat

[In 1995, a charity called Board AID against AIDS held a 3-day benefit at Snow Summit, Big Bear Lake, CA. Dave Gahan was invited as a guest to enjoy the event and then MTV asked him to participate in the online chat. I cut out the chat with the other musicians and kept only Dave's part:]

http://www.radcyberzine.com/text/non-rad/mvt.aol.int.html

MTVeeeee : The MTV Board AID name is going to be GuestsMTV... which will include a full roster of participants in this years Board AID..
GuestsMTV : Hi everybody. All the guests will by using this screenname. And we'll let you know who they are. Right now we're here with Scott Ian from Anthrax, and more guests will be stopping by in a little bit. So send your questions our way.
(…)
GuestsMTV: Dave Gahan from Depeche Mode is here. Throw him some questions.
GuestsMTV: Dave: I got roped into doing this. I'm just having fun. We're just quiet at the moment, I'm good, I'm healthy, I've just been in rehab for a while, I've got like 40 days. This is the first time I've really been out to anything in a while. I have a really good time, skied, came up with the wife & a few friends. Didn't know if I could still ski, but I had a really good time. I've got the flu, but I had a good time. I'm going to England in April, I'll see the guys from the band, we'll talk then about the future. But I haven't spoken to them in awhile.
Question: What was your favorite group as a teen?
GuestsMTV: Dave: Stones
GuestsMTV: Dave: Now I like Mazzy Star
GuestsMTV: Dave: And Howard Stern in the morning.
Question: How was this year's Board AID compared to last year?
GuestsMTV: Dave: Much more organized.
MTVixen: Could you guys describe what's happening there a little?
GuestsMTV: Dave: Everyone's snowboarding and skiing. It's good fun. I'm glad I came. It's expensive for the ski tickets. It's different, there's so many kids into it. It’s really cool. And Porno for Pyros are playing right now.
Question: How was the boarding today?
GuestsMTV: Dave: I skiied.
Question: Does Dave like to snowboard?
GuestsMTV: Dave: I'm gonna try it tomorrow.
Question: are you guys getting paid to do this?
GuestsMTV: Dave: No. I come up here for fun.
Question: Is Depeche Mode really french for "we're wussies", like Beavis & Butthead say???
GuestsMTV: Dave: We were doing some gigs and we didn't have a name. I was in college and a magazine that was just sittin there. So that just became our name. They got pissed off at first and tried to sue us. Then we got a bit more successful than the magazine, so they liked us.
Question: Do any of you guys know someone with AIDS?
GuestsMTV: Dave: A friend of mine died of AIDS. He fought with it for a long while, had his fill. He went off all the drugs and tried to do it the healthy way. Then he got tuberculosis and died.
Question: Can you guys hear Porno for Pyros? Hows the new stuff?
GuestsMTV: Dave: Vaguely. I'd like to go check em out.
Question: Dave, tell me what are the hottest bands out today. Please.
GuestsMTV: Dave: I really like Soundgarden, I think they've gotten better And better. Mazzy Star. I've been in rehab, so I haven't been out listening to any music. But I'm much better now.
Question: Does KMFDM really mean kill m.f. Depeche Mode?
GuestsMTV: Dave: Apparently not, but we thought it was for a while. We got people saying that for a long while but I think that's crap.
Question: Dave, when are you guys planning to tour again?
GuestsMTV: Dave: Not for awhile. We haven't even talked about going on the road again. We did 18 months of the last tour and it really burned us out. We haven't even talked about our next record. It's been 15 years of being together and everybody just needs a break. I think we'll get back together, but at the moment everybody's happy just having a bit of private time.
Question: Where do you guys live?
GuestsMTV: Dave: I live in LA and London, spending time between both places.
Question: Is this the coolest thing you've ever done for charity?
GuestsMTV: Dave: I've done things for young kids with cancer. There's a charity in London that's involved with terminally ill kids. Their courage is amazing to watch. There's a lot of stuff done for AIDs, which is great, but so many more people get killed of cancer. They need money, research. It's nice to be able to do something like that, you know.
GuestsMTV: Dave's gonna head out.
Question: We hope you stay healthy Dave.



1995-05-27 - Mute Records BBS - Alan Wilder leaving

http://web.archive.org/web/19980223195459/http://commline.com/~bratmix/Alan_Press.html
telnet://mutelibtech.com/

This was the Mute Records BBS announcement of Alan leaving Depeche Mode, on Saturday, May 27th, 1995:
You have reached MLT, Mute Records' BBS.

I've been given the following statement from Mute about Depeche Mode:
We are very sorry to have to inform you that Alan Wilder has decided to leave Depeche Mode after over 13 years.

The band have no plans to replace Alan, and Martin is currently writing new material. Martin, Dave and Fletch intend to continue as Depeche Mode.

That's all we know right now, but if we hear any more, we'll let you know, of course. Head to the Depeche Mode forum if you want to tell everyone what you think or read what other people are saying.



1995-05-27 - Mutefax - Alan Wilder Leaves

[Scanned by me, taken from the German book Monument.]





1995-06-01 - Mute Records UK FTP - Message from Alan Wilder

http://web.archive.org/web/19980223195459/http://commline.com/~bratmix/Alan_Press.html
ftp://mutelibtech.com/libtechPub/Artists/DepecheM


This is the actual announcement from Alan regarding him leaving Depeche Mode (June 1st, 1995), taken from the The Mute Records UK FTP Site
: ALAN WILDER STATEMENT
---------------------

"Due to increasing dissatisfaction with the internal relations and working practices of the group, it is with some sadness that I have decided to part company from Depeche Mode. My decision to leave the group was not an easy one particularly as our last few albums were an indication of the full potential that Depeche Mode was realising.

Since joining in 1982, I have continually striven to give total energy, enthusiasm and commitment to the furthering of the group's success and in spite of a consistent imbalance in the distribution of the workload, willingly offered this. Unfortunately, within the group, this level of input never received the respect and acknowledgement that it warrants.

Whilst I believe that the calibre of our musical output has improved, the quality of our association has deteriorated to the point where I no longer feel that the end justifies the means. I have no wish to cast aspersions on any individual; suffice to say that relations have become seriously strained, increasingly frustrating and, ultimately, in certain situations, intolerable.

Given these circumstances, I have no option but to leave the group. It seems preferable therefore, to leave on a relative high, and as I still retain a great enthusiasm and passion for music, I am excited by the prospect of pursuing new projects.

The remaining band members have my support and best wishes for anything they may pursue in the future, be it collectively or individually."

1st June, 1995.
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Re: 1997: Ultra
« Reply #2 on: 06 May 2012 - 00:38:25 »
1995-06-xx - Bong Newsletter

[Taken from the now-defunct website www.sacreddm.net.]



[3] - c. June 1995
            Brief announcement on the departure of Alan Wilder. [view transcript]

[Bong Newsletter [3] - c. June 1995.]
Depeche Mode - Alan Wilder
Dear Fan Club member
    We are very sorry to have to inform you that Alan has decided to leave the Band, after over thirteen years. Some of you may have already heard rumours to this effect. Mute Records are expected to issue a press release very soon. [1]
    The band have no plans to replace Alan, and Martin is currently writing new material. We just want to assure all of you that Martin, Dave and Fletch intend to continue as Depeche Mode.
    Thank you for your support.
    Yours sincerely
    The Depeche Mode Fan Club
[1] - A transcript of the press release later issued by Mute can be found on this website: http://www.tuug.utu.fi/~jaakko/dm/alan.html



1995-06-xx - Bravo (Germany) - End of Depeche Mode?

http://ff-tech.nazwa.pl/black-angels/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=19:materiay-prasowe-z-lat-1994-1996



Hungarian version (thanks to ScannedPress of Scannedpress.blogspot.com for scanning this):

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Re: 1997: Ultra
« Reply #3 on: 06 May 2012 - 00:41:37 »
1995-07-xx - BONG 25:

[Text taken from the now-defunct website www.sacreddm.net. Thanks to Maudy for having scanned this BONG issue for the DMTVA!]









PERSONAL FILES
Summary: Updated personal files for the three remaining band members, Martin's answers being as barmy as ever. [728 words]

David Gahan
Date of Birth: 9th May 1962
Place of Birth: Epping
Star Sign: Taurus
Colour of Eyes: Green / Brown
Colour of Hair: Brown
Height: 5ft 11ins [1]
Family details: Mother Sylvia Ruth, sister Susan Christine, brothers Peter Eric and Philip Michael
Hobbies: I don’t have hobbies as such, usual stuff, going out, movies, gigs, clubs, going to dinner with friends, etc.
Previous jobs: Various, but I spent 3 years at Southend Art College, finding myself
Previous bands: None to mention
Favourite city (visited): Rome & Los Angeles (a love / hate relationship)
Favourite country (visited): Italy & U.S.A. west coast
Favourite food: Thai & Italian
Favourite drink: Vodka, wine (French, red or white)
Favourite sport: Ice Hockey
Favourite colour: Black, purple & aqua green
Favourite film: Pulp Fiction (very funny!!)
Favourite book: Not being a great reader, can’t really say I have one
Favourite TV show: I like watching films, Vanessa Warwick Sunday Night Snow on MTV and Simpsons on CNN
Favourite radio station: Classic Rock stations in the States
Favourite magazine: Q, I buy a lot of magazines, then they sit around forever until I’ve read them all
Favourite song: 3 Days and Nothing Shocking by Jane’s Addiction & Sympathy For The Devil by The Rolling Stones – I have many favourites
Favourite DM song: The same here, not really one favourite but I always enjoyed I Feel You on the last tour – it’s hard to pick one favourite
Favourite album: First Zeppelin album, Nothing Shocking by Jane’s Addiction
Favourite DM album: Songs Of Faith And Devotion
Favourite DM video: I Feel You & Walking In My Shoes
Favourite band: Consistently, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin + late sixties through seventies
Biggest niggle: Flying, airports, customs
Most hated thing ever: Flying back and forth from London to L.A.
What one thing would you take if you were stranded on a desert island: Theresa

Andrew John Fletcher
Date of Birth: 8th July 1961
Place of Birth: Nottingham
Star Sign: Cancer
Colour of eyes: Blue
Colour of hair: Strawberry blonde
Height: 6ft 3ins
Family details: Wife Grainne, two children Megan (3 ½ years) and Joseph (7 months)
Hobbies: Football, reading, arguing
Previous jobs: Paper boy, toilet cleaner, city worker
Previous bands: C. O. S.
Favourite city (visited): New York
Favourite country (visited): South Africa
Favourite food: Any apart from corned beef
Favourite drink: Diet tango, wine
Favourite sport: Football, table tennis
Favourite colour: Royal blue
Favourite film: Not at the moment
Favourite book: Anything by Mary Higgins-Clark
Favourite TV show: Chalker
Favourite radio station: Radio 5
Favourite magazine: Esquire
Favourite song: I change my mind all the time
Favourite DM song: Somebody
Favourite album: No favourite
Favourite DM album: Violator
Favourite DM video: Enjoy The Silence
Biggest niggle: Being late, Chelsea losing
Most hated thing ever: Snakes
What one thing would you take if you were stranded on a desert island: Boxes of tissues

Martin Lee Gore
Date of birth: 23rd July 1961
Place of birth: London
Star sign: Leo
Colour of eyes: Green
Colour of hair: Fair
Height: 5ft 7in
Family details: Married (wife Suzanne) with one daughter Viva Lee
Hobbies: Reading, computer games, falling over
Previous jobs: I was the eggman
Previous bands: Norman and The Worms
Favourite city (visited): Cape Town
Favourite country (visited): South Africa (it was a tough choice!)
Favourite food: Indian, Japanese
Favourite drink: Lager, bitter, port, red wine, etc., etc.
Favourite sport: Football / Soccer (recognised sport)
Favourite colour: Black (nobody got the last answer)
Favourite film: Shoah
Favourite book: Diary of a Drug Fiend by Aleister Crowley
Favourite TV show: The World At War
Favourite radio station: I never listen to the radio unless I’m in the car with somebody else at the controls
Favourite magazine: New Scientist
Favourite song: Dark End Of The Street by James Carr
Favourite DM song: Policy Of Truth because it’s time I changed this answer
Favourite album: White Album by The Beatles
Favourite DM album: Violator + Songs Of Faith And Devotion equally
Favourite DM video: Enjoy The Silence
Favourite band: The Velvet Underground
Biggest niggle: Laws that should have been abolished at least 200 years ago
Most hated thing ever: Hatred
What one thing would you take if you were stranded on a desert island: A pretty female psychiatrist who is good at building houses with raw materials and can light fires with twigs

[1] - This is what Dave has said pretty much consistently in these features over the years, but those who have met him up close would knock at least two inches off of that.



KESSLER'S KORNER
[Words: Jonathan Kessler.]
Summary: Long-term band collaborator Jonathan Kessler's regular feature explaining the roles of various people working behind the scenes for Depeche Mode, in this instance promoters. [564 words]

    As was briefly explained in BONG 24, we have developed this new feature specially to answer all of your behind-the-scenes questions as they pertain to Depeche Mode and the music business in general.
    Jonathan Kessler first started working with Depeche Mode in 1986, as an Accountant in the Black Celebration Tour. He has been involved in the Band’s affairs ever since.

    Welcome to Kessler’s Korner! I am your new guest contributor, Jonathan Kessler.
    I remember being in the concert crowds in my early days and wondering how such large productions got from town to town, city to city, and even country to country. Since then I have been lucky enough to work within the music industry and now I will let you in on all of their little secrets. Well maybe not “all”.
    The majority of your questions so far have focused on the different roles performed by agents and promoters. Basically it is the promoter who is responsible for bring the shows to all of you in your local cities, so I thought it would be appropriate to start with them.
    The promoter is the local person who contracts to have the band appear in a given city on a given night. The phrase “local person” can be a bit misleading, since some promoters are actually large organisations covering several states or countries. Additionally, it is not uncommon lately for a large promoter to contract for an entire tour world-wide.
    In the general context, the promoter is responsible for everything involved in having a band appear on a given night. These responsibilities typically include: booking the hall, advertising the show, coordinating radio and print advertising and promotion, managing the show production, selling tickets for the event, and last but certainly not least paying the band.
    In the typical scenario a promoter would guarantee Depeche Mode a certain amount of money to appear on a given night, usually two to three months in advance. International touring bands, like Depeche Mode, count on promoters to be in touch with what you want to see and where you want to see it. The most important function the promoter serves, however, is to get the word out to you, the fans. Whether it’s through radio spots and promotions, print ads in the local newspapers, or flyers. All the other logistics don’t mean much if there are no fans to come to the show.
    As Depeche Mode has been touring for so many years, we have developed many strong relationships with certain promoters. These promoters have basically become part of the DM world-wide family. Some of our favourite promoters (my apologies to those names I have missed) include: Harvey Goldsmith at Allied Entertainment in London, Alain Lahana with Canal Productions in France, the distinguished Marek Lieberberg at Marek Lieberberg Konzertagentur GMBH in Germany, the wild outback Michael Gudinsky from Frontier Touring in Australia, and most recently in the new South Africa, Attie Van Wyk and Roddie Quin with Big Concerts.
    Well, I hope this has enlightened you and answered some of your questions about the role of a promoter. As you can see, it is a huge job which encompasses a variety of tasks that are all vital to bringing you, the fans, the final show.
    It is the fans that are important to Depeche Mode – so keep the questions coming and tune in for the next issue.




DEVOTIONAL DIARY IV
[Words: Daryl Bamonte.]
Summary: The fourth and last part Daryl's tour diary, covering the Americas leg where Daryl played live as a stand-in for Fletch. [2282 words]

    This is the fourth and concluding part of Daryl’s Tour Diary bringing you all the details of the final days of the Devotional Tour. We would like to thank Daryl for giving us the opportunity to look behind the scenes of this mega-long tour and be a part of it all… at least through this magazine.

    April 3rd, SAO PAULO: We just did our first run through as a “band”, which I thought went very well but in the “only perfection will do” world of these fascists, it obviously never. Just because I took too long fading the bass out on “Stripped” – Martin’s looking at me as if it’s all been a big mistake but fortunately Dave laughed and Alan remained quietly confident.

    April 4th: SAO PAULO: This is just SO not funny. There’s loads of people screaming and they’re all going to be looking at me, waiting for a mistake so they can laugh and cheer and point and hold up banners saying “Bamonte’s a Wanker” in Portugese but I’ll understand it anyway… I wish I’d never agreed to this and I wish I could stand still.

    April 5th: SAO PAULO: So what’s up people? Call me Ricco Suave. Hip keyboard session man. Yeh, sure, we did a show last night. It was great… The best bit was walking off after “Personal Jesus” and waiting to do the encores and Martin shouting at me “You did it, you pulled it off, it doesn’t matter about the encores ’cause you did it!” So you think I’d be more relaxed tonight, right? Wrong. Alan the Bastard has decided to change the set tonight and throw in three different songs. At least Dave and Martin look as worried as I do…

    April 8th, BUENOS AIRES: I think we’re witnessing “Beatlemania” down here. These people are crazy about DM and crazy in general. They are all such nice people though. “Kill an Argie, win a Metro” seems like a lifetime away now… Somebody decided to mention something in passing today. There’s going to be 40,000 in there tonight. Thanks for dropping that into the conversation…

    April 10th, SANTIAGO: I had visions of Argentina and Chile being full of fascist juntas and military coups and dissidents with false looking moustaches having electrodes attached to their testicles. Well, they’re not. People don’t go missing in the middle of the night and they don’t hate us Angleterras. Anyway, I’ve done four shows now and I think I’ve got a bit of a routine going.

    April 12th, SANTIAGO: I cannot believe it. We’ve cancelled Columbia. (I mean we’ve cancelled the show.) I really wanted to go there. Great coffee, apparently. It’s probably fortunate that the two places we cancelled were Bogota and Bangkok…

    April 14th, SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA: Help me God… This place is freaking me, and everybody else, out. Alan says he’s never seen me look so freaked out as when we were walking onstage. (And the tap didn’t work in the dressing room…).

    April 16th, MONTERREY: Well, that’s South America out of the way. Six shows under my belt and confidence has crept up. I’ll just pop home for a week to see the nipper and then face the next big test – USA ’94!

    May 11th, SACRAMENTO: We did a good run-through today. Outdoor venue, sun was shining and everyone in shorts and shades. Life is good.

    May 12th, SACRAMENTO: I felt a bit nervous tonight. It’s worse when there’s people you know watching. There seemed to be a lot of our ex-crew members lurking round, waiting to witness this “novelty”. After the show, Theresa’s grandmother gave me a kiss, took my hand and said: “You did a very good show”, which made a refreshing change from some industry wanker saying to me: “Uhh, great show Fletch!”, when you know they spent the entire show in the dressing room because they’re drunk and they have guacamole all down the front of their shirt…

    May 13th, SAN FRANCISCO: We left England to begin this tour exactly 1 year ago today, May 13th 1993. I actually feel about 11 years older. Only 20,000 people tomorrow night. A mere club gig compared to Argentina…

    May 17th, LAS VEGAS: I love this place. Gambled and drank and gambled all night. Good show tonight. I think I almost got on nodding terms with one of Primal Scream tonight, unless he was just twitching…

    May 20th, IRVINE MEADOWS: I have a special affection for this gig. I remember Dave coming round my council flat in Basildon in early 1985 and being very excited because The Hollywood Palladium had sold out in minutes and the promoter had added another show – “Somewhere near Orange County, holds over 12,000 people!” and that’s when it started getting mental. We celebrated with four cans of Fosters and sat down to enjoy another gripping episode of “The Bill” – Ahh, the good old days…

    May 21st, SAN BERNARDINO: We had to stop the car on the way back to San Fran. because MLG wanted to pee. He walked towards the grass as me and John Sampson (security) formed a human shield and as we looked back we were greeted with the sight of just a pair of creepers pointing skywards and strange whimpering. “Shomeone should have shaid shomething” he cried as we pulled him out of the hole…

    May 26th, PARK CITY: Kessler just phoned. The show in Denver is cancelled. That’s a shame. I really like Denver. Myself and another crew member (Andrew “Nobby” Marr) formed a band on the Black Celebration tour called “The Blah Brothers” and we played support to DM here at Park City and also at the famous Red Rocks in Denver. There was no blood red sky though, just a barrage of beer cans…

    May 31, SAN ANTONIO: Getting to know the Primals a bit more now. They’re a good bunch. Six of them were arrested last night for swimming in a river. Charges of disturbing the peace were dropped but the D.A. is pushing a charge of “polluting a public waterway”…

    June 1st, HOUSTON: A security man walked onstage just before the encores with the biggest birthday cake I’ve ever seen. Of course, as I said in Rotterdam, Alan would have another birthday before this tour was out. A monster of confectionery and they STILL had trouble fitting all those candles on… (This year’s party was a little better though…).

    June 4th, DALLAS: I like having Saturday off. I like all day off, actually. This pop-star lark is much better than working. I hate work. As I’ve always said: “Work is the scourge of the drinking classes…”

    June 6th, NEW ORLEANS: Duffy from Primal Scream drinks a lot and managed to upset Dave somehow. Did The Scream and The Mode square up to each other? No way. The Primals meted out their own form of justice – they dragged Duffy off and kicked the shit out of him…

    June 9th, ATLANTA: What an excellent show tonight. It was boiling hot on stage and during the encores I almost broke into a sweat. Me and Alan have developed a bit of a rock’n’roll ending to “Stripped” which is good but I wish they would all stop laughing during “Enjoy The Silence” when I play “Move it”…

    June 12th, CLEVELAND: I’m sorry, but I couldn’t resist “tapping” a pair of Alan’s drumsticks on an air conditioning pipe on the way to the stage before pretending to get lost, and when Dave grabbed the mike and screamed “Good evening, Cleveland!”, you couldn’t do a thing with me. We really are Primal Tap, sorry, I mean Spinal Tap…

    June 14th, COLUMBIA: The Primals’ camp is a bit tense tonight. I think the tour manager’s upset Throb, and he’s refusing to go on. I reasoned with him that if they went on late, then we would go on late and we would run over time and the unio would pull the plug on us. Lo and behold, he got up and went on stage. It shows what a bit of gentle coaxing can do (and a case of red wine…)

    June 17th, NEW YORK CITY: Another night at Jones Beach tonight. Looking out of the dressing room door I’m sure that I recognise those haircuts being mobbed by Stabbing Westward – Sure enough, my brother and Robert Smith decided to “hop over” on Concorde and surprise / heckle / applaud me. [1] In fact, I think they only came because we’ve got a private box at Giants Stadium tomorrow for the Italy / Ireland game…

    June 18th, NEW YORK CITY: A short trip down to New Jersey to Giants Stadium, sporting the T-shirt that Perry had made with a bedsheet and some vegetable dye. In our private box, there are 30 people – 27 supporting Ireland and 3 supporting Italy: the two Bamontes (obviously) and Mr. Smith… Italy’s flag is Red, White & Green and Ireland’s flag is Orange, White & Green, and if you look into the crowd they all look the same. I suspect that our merchandisers have printed up some flags that were Deep Tangerine, White & Green and sold them to both sets of punters: Yeh yeh, Paolo, the red’s faded a bit, Nah nah Paddy, orange always prints dark…

    June 19th, NEW YORK CITY: We went to an excellent restaurant last night, Café Tabak. We were given a table in the exclusive upstairs area, and looking around at all the beautiful people, I thought, “Yes, I’m playing in the world’s greatest band, I’m in Manhattan in a noted restaurant and I’m sure that Naomi Campbell is looking across from the next table and thinking ‘Wow, look at that cool rock-star, at the zenith of his career, the way he conducts himself…’ – at which point Robert announces that he’s fed up with that skinny woman staring at HIM…

    June 21st, MONTREAL: The inevitable finally happened tonight. I played a bum note in the intro to “Behind The Wheel”. I’m sure that everybody WAS laughing and pointing but the “Wanker” banners were in French, not Portugese. I was devastated. And the “only perfection will do” fascists? Dave told me to “stop being so f***ing precious” (!)

    June 23rd, BOSTON: Throb from Primal Scream missed their gig tonight. He claims that it was due to bad traffic. I think it was probably because he was too busy watching the Italy / Norway game. The funny thing was that the Scream didn’t sound any different. I wonder… Brazil are playing tomorrow… taxi… wrong turning… bad traffic… lost me pass… lost me watch… etc.

    June 26th, NEW YORK CITY: I think I’ve got to slow down a bit. I was in a club with Martin last night and felt unwell so I decided to leave. As I walked across the dance floor people were looking at me and going “Whooh!” and I realised that my body was shaking so much that they thought I was DANCING…

    June 28th, PHILADELPHIA: Dave’s just come back from a club looking a little shaken. Apparently the doormen wouldn’t let some guy in so he went to his jeep, took out a machine gun and shot the place up. I should have done that to Racquels a few times in the Eighties…

    June 30th, PITTSBURGH: Martin and I went for a walk and went into a burger bar. I was feeling a bit mad anyway, but suddenly I felt like I’d walked onto the set of the snuff version of “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest”… I said last September that I didn’t want to come here again…

    July 3rd, DETROIT: Tried to have an early night last night. It was 3am and I’d just pulled the covers back when the phone rang. “Just another hour, c’mon”... Okay, Martin wants a drink. I got some cold beers ready, some cigarettes and, to hell with it, I’d push the boat out, I even laid some biscuits out to make it a “real” party. Martin turned up in just his pants, and three fans in tow – “I told them if they had a light, they could come to a party” he explained, puffing away. There goes my early night…

    July 4th, DETROIT: The three fans, Stymie, his girlfriend and their best friend Jesus thought it would be fun to stand in the front row last night and hold up red cards (they’ve just discovered football over here). Found out that Jesus’ real name was Dave, which seemed like a funny name for The Messiah – until I REALLY thought about it… We had our end-of-tour party last night. Andy Franks spent an hour chatting up a gorgeous blonde called Brandy. No-one had the heart to tell him it was Martin in drag. The highlight of the night was “Torture Man”, who, well, tortures himself…

    July 5th, DETROIT: I was so tired last night that I had to sit down onstage, and when I looked round I noticed that the others were doing the same, even Alan. (He was playing the drums though…).

    July 8th, CHICAGO: Well, that’s it then. 14 months, or 612,000 minutes, of our lives completely absorbed with a tour and now it’s over. We played a show in Indianapolis tonight which was apparently good fun, but I don’t remember a thing. I missed Jez climbing out of the piano, Franksy and Primal Scream doing backing vocals, Dave diving in the audience. I do remember one thing though – it was the last night of a gruelling world tour and some clever bastards from the crew replaced my “Personal Jesus” samples with the appropriate message “You love it and you know it…”.

    Until the next time…

    Daryl Bamonte

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Re: 1997: Ultra
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1995-08-01 - The Globe (Canada) - Depeche Mode maniac pounded me to a pulp

http://www.tuug.utu.fi/~jaakko/dm/dave.txt

The following article was published in the "Globe" on August 1, 1995:

"Depeche Mode maniac pounded me to a pulp   -- art dealer's shocking charge

A wounded art dealer says Depeche Mode rocker David Gahan attacked him in a jealous rage - headbutting him so hard, docs needed seven stiches to close the gash. 

Arizona art expert Roy Anderson claims he was waiting outside a Hollywood hotel for his ex-pal David when the singer came charging out.

'He suddenly bashed me with his head, right above my left temple.  Blood was pouring out like a faucet,' insists Roy, who says he met the 34-year-old rocker several months ago.  Cops rushed the Tucson dealer to a hospital, where docs used seven stiches to stop the bleeding.  Now police are investigating and Roy's talking lawsuit.

He believes David attacked him because he says he met with the singer's 35-year-old wife Teresa the day before to talk about problems in the couple's marriage.  Roy says he later jokingly told David: 'I slept with your wife.'

'He was incensed,' reveals Roy.  'But it was completely harmless.'"
-- Jack Carter



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Re: 1997: Ultra
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1995-08-17 - KROQ (US) - news report

http://web.archive.org/web/19980223201344/http://commline.com/~bratmix/Dave.html

Radio Station KROQ FM (Los Angeles) news report - August 17th, 1995
At 5:16 am Pacific Time, Dave was admitted into a Los Angeles hospital. He is "under treatment" for "lacerations", and will be "under observation" for 72 hours. He is in stable, NOT CRITICAL, condition.



1995-08-17 - COMMLINE - Get Well Card

http://web.archive.org/web/20010717210043/http://commline.com/news/news1995.html

•   17 Aug 95: Dave Gahan was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for treatment of "lacerations" according to Los Angeles radio station KROQ-FM. Official statments were issued reporting that Dave was "resting comfortably" but gave no word as to the cause of his admittance. Rumors have flown about and even the media has reported that it was a suicide attempt, however these have yet to be proven. After a short hospital stay, Dave was released, and it was at this time that the mailing list began to collect what ended up being a 24 page list of names and e-mail addresses that was sent to Dave to wish him well.
Here is the card and list of people (from/via this Mailing List) and the efforts of a couple of members: Get Well 'Card'.


http://web.archive.org/web/19990221153848/http://www.commline.com/pub/bong/News/dave-get-well.txt

   On August 18th, 1995, many of us on Bong received word that Dave Gahan had been admitted to Cedar-Sinai Memorial Hospital for treatment of "lacerations" (as reported on a Los Angeles, California radio station).  It was decided that we, as fans of Depeche Mode, should do something to wish Dave well.  It ended up being decided that a collection of names, e-mail
addresses, and countries would be adequate to send to Dave along with a get well card.

   Thus Arlo Burnett (BlackSun) began a 72 hour drive to collect the requested information from as many Depeche Mode fans as possible.  Requests for entries were not only posted to Bong, but were also placed on the Mute BBS and asked for in IRC.  In fact, if anyone had a friend without online access, they were asked to send in their information as well.  By the time
the deadline was reached, about 250 names had been collected.

   Once the list was finalized, it was then e-mailed to Daniel Barassi (BRAT_Mix) who added to the list an introduction written by Michelle Johnson.  He then asked Arta Lavaie (Arta) spruce up the fonts and print all of it out on blue parchment.  From there, the 24 page list of 250 names was priority mailed to the firm responsible for handling all of Dave's get well mail.

   At this time, there has been no word about Dave's receiving it.

   The following is what the Depeche Mode Mailing List sent to Dave.  Thanks again to those who submitted their entries, those who were kind-hearted enough to send an entry but were past the deadline, Daniel Barassi, Michelle Johnson, and Arta Lavaie.

            Arlo Burnett

=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=

Dear David,

This card is being sent from your fans on the Depeche Mode Internet Mailing List (BONG). Regardless of how you ended up in the hospital (rumors aren't always true), we all felt we should send you this card in case the rumor of an attempted suicide was true. When we put it
to a vote as to who should write an intro to the card, one girl privately emailed me. We feel her email is a perfect representation of what we want to say...
___________________________________________________________________________

Date: Fri, 18 Aug 1995 19:25:10 -0700 (PDT)
From: Michelle Johnson < >
To: Daniel Barassi < >
Subject: Dave's letter
Status: R


Hi Daniel,
Im Michelle I don't know if you remeber me or not but i was confused about the Dave letter thing.  Are we supposed to write someting as a group and give it to you or is it a personal statement.

        Whatever it is, we need to do it fast.  Being a suicide survivor myself, i understand the need to not feel guilty for attempting.  I hope whoever writes the letter will emphasize to Dave that he should live to try to enjoy life and to appreciate the little pleasures in life whether
it be music, sunsets, love, art, etc.  Life will always have its ups and downs but that is life.  If Dave decides he does not want life, he will never experience the ups of life.  I also want to make sure that people dont say stuff like "we are your fans dont kill yourself" statements
either.  Dave MUST understand that his fans want him to live for himself and not for us and that is a love that does not get felt beyond the grave.  I hope he gets the help like i did so that he can grace the world with his individual personality.
Michelle

Sincerely,
The DEPECHE MODE Internet Mailing list, and some friends:

Name:                   E-mail Address
  • :                     Country:

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Kathy Filipski                                   Canada
James Leithead                                   USA
Siz                                                   USA
Dan Backhaus                                     USA
Metin Kale                                       Canada
Leslie Lawther                                   USA
Teresa Magallon                                  USA
Daniel Barassi                                   USA
Martin Olsson                                    USA
Scott Alexander                                  USA
Kris Zentner                                     USA
Arta Lavaie                                      USA
Kellie Jane Adan                                 USA
Andrew Joseph Posch                              USA
Jason David Vasquez                              USA
Rithy Lu                                           USA
Kim Bach                                         USA
Krystyna Witt                                    USA
Carolyn Kao                                      USA
Matt Laflin                                      USA
Sergey Ukladov                                   Russia
George Goh                                       Singapore
Wes Slaughter                                    USA
Rebecca Barclay                                  USA
Kevin MacDonald                                  Canada
Miguel Carino                                    USA
Chuck Kemp                                       USA
Scott Pruett                                     USA
Jacques Van Wyk                                  South Africa
Richard Treleaven                                  USA
Monique Melly                                    USA
Jennifer Kinzley                                 USA
Javier Lopez                                     USA
Matt Haggstrom                                   USA
Christopher E. Kromer                            USA
Luis E. Torres                                   Peru
Michelle D. Johnson                                USA
Pat Merz                                         Switzerland
Piers Johnson                                    Australia
Amy Schrecengost                                 USA
Guillaume Robieux                                France
Stephen Orr                                      UK
Jeffrey Scorsone                                 USA
Robert L. Trujillo                                USA
Quan Pham                                        USA
Ingo Hecking                                Germany
Nachun Michel                                    France
Bjorn Hedberg                                    Sweden
Greg Dreher                                      USA
Andy Brown                                        USA
Daniel Aeschliman                  USA
Mary-Suzanne King                                   USA
Patricia Garnish                            USA
Tudlik Moerk                                                    USA
Bayley Root                                                     USA
Dr. James Hodge                                       USA
Cedric Ingrand                                   France
Russell Loewen                                   Canada
Ty Devlin                                        UK
Jason C. Stone                                   USA
Jennifer A. Wurzbacher                            USA
Micah Stupak                                       USA
Jessica Woods                               USA
Danielle Christian                          USA
Katherine Palladino                         USA
Jason Walker                                USA
John Timm                                        USA
Valerie Antkowiak                                USA
Paul Horn                                        USA
Eric Sederman                                   USA
LeRae Hunt                                       USA
Donny Sparks                                     USA
Julie Heinkel                                    USA
Mike Grenier                                       USA
Julian Roberts                                   USA
Brett Johnson                                    USA
Candice Sy                                       Canada
Porter Roberts                                   USA
Shannon Silverman                                  USA
Cameron Newham                                   Australia
John Simpson                                     USA
Ken Gillespie                                    Australia
Greg Arendes                                     USA
Christine Saar                                     USA
Laurel Barr                                      USA
Mike Gallina                                     USA
Mark Richards                                    USA
Scott Sokoloski                                  USA
James B. Parrott                                 USA
Russell Bain                                     USA
Greg Emerson                                     USA
Marianna Mushegian                               USA
Libeid Garcia                                    USA
Melissa Breitstein                                 USA
Marc-Andre Gingras                                Canada
Doug Hitchcock                                   USA
Sonja Cendak                                     USA
Stephen Guttmann                                 USA
Gino J. Hasler Jr.                               USA
Paul Rantfors                                    Canada
Anne Rearnkham                                   USA
Adam Winick                                      Canada
Simone DeLong                                      USA
Bill Cooper                                      USA
Cameron McCleary                                   USA
Andy Sheridan                                      UK
Baljit Ranu                                      Canada
Kristin E. Stanley                               USA
Diane Bono                                       USA
Gregory Madison                                  USA
Khoa Ho                                          USA
Kelly Reback                               USA
Chris Perry                                      UK
Trebor Ora                                       USA
Roger Cracknell                               UK
Sophie Barnet                               Australia
Thomas Sundman                           Finland
Rona Cooper                                 USA
Rob Augino                                  USA
Paul Field                                  UK
Tim Taylor                                    UK
Jason Phillips                              UK
Mike Benning                                USA
James Reames Jr.                            USA
Tim Jespersen                               USA
Kelly Spray                                 USA
Jon Cannon                                  USA
Baard Lauris Heitmann                       Norway   
Kawus Nouri                                 Denmark
Matt Larson                                 USA
David Stanley                               USA
James Baldwin                               USA
Mike Reynolds                               USA
J. Maxey                                    USA
Brian L. Heess                              USA
Deanna Hawkins                              UK
Chris Goodman                               USA
David Irish                                 USA
Ed Chun                                       USA
Chad Okada                                  USA
Michelle Cordts                              USA
Ward Kadel                                  USA
Martin Boisvert                             Canada
Mike Berka                                  USA
Joseph Plante                               USA
Carolyn Chmielewski                         USA
Dave Heroux                                 USA
Kerry McWilliam                             USA
Eric Oehler                                  USA
Linda Wyszinski                             Canada
Kenneth Jagenheim                           Sweden
Farid Chetouani                             France
Francisco Dominguez                         USA
Gary Scott Walker                           UK
Gail Rosen                                  USA
Jan Bjerring                                  Denmark
Jason Sapir                                 USA
Stuart Richards                             New Zealand
Michael Andersson                           Sweden
Mosis Tornsten                                Germany
Mike Puhakka                                 Finland
Tim Pepper                                  USA
Mark Ziegelmann                             Germany
Thomas Weber                                USA
Paul Harris                                   UK
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Robb Kester                                      USA
Karen Hummer                                USA
Cathy Colgan                                UK
Cerianne Andrews                              UK
Philip Devine                               UK
Steve Lancaster                             UK
Stefan Moernaut                             Belgium
Mario Walschaerts                           Belgium
Torben Kjaer                                Denmark
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Greg Hingsbergen                              USA
Charlie Melega                              USA
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Re: 1997: Ultra
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1995-08-17 - WHFS FM (US) - news report

http://web.archive.org/web/19980223201344/http://commline.com/~bratmix/Dave.html

Radio Station WHFS FM (Washington, D.C.) news report - August 18th, 1995
According to a news report on August 18th, radio station WHFS, in Washington D.C., said that Dave was admited to Cedars Sinai in Beverly Hills at 6:00 am Thursday morning with an apparent suicide attempt. Condition stable as of Friday..they say to expect press release from label at 10:00 am.



1995-08-17 - DM's official fanclub:

https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!msg/fido7.music/KYqV8s_BWaU/6hi8lsBeAVYJ

Dave Gahan was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for treatment of "lacerations" according to Los Angeles radio station KROQ-FM. Official statments were issued reporting that Dave was"resting comfortably" but gave no word as to the cause of his admittance.
Rumors have flown about and even the media has reported that it was a suicide attempt, however these have yet to be proven. After a short hospital stay, Dave was released, and it was at this time that the mailing list began to collect what ended up being a 24 page list of names and e-mail addresses that was sent to Dave to wish him well.

Here is the card and list of people (from/via this Mailing List) and the efforts of a couple of members:
     Get Well 'Card'



1995-08-18 - MUTE - Statement about Dave

http://web.archive.org/web/20010717210043/http://commline.com/news/news1995.html
http://www.tuug.utu.fi/~jaakko/dm/dave.txt

18 Aug 95: Statement on behalf of Dave Gahan, from MUTE:
London, 18 August
   
Dave Gahan, lead singer of Depeche Mode, was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills, California, USA, yesterday morning. He is resting comfortably and expects to be released soon.
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Re: 1997: Ultra
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1995-08-21 - Reuters (U.S.) - Suicide try puts Depeche Mode leader in hospital

http://www.tuug.utu.fi/~jaakko/dm/dave.txt

BC-USA-DEPECHE
h:

 Suicide try puts Depeche Mode leader in hospital
     LOS ANGELES, Aug 21 (Reuter) - David Gahan, leader of the top-selling British pop band Depeche Mode, is recovering in hospital after trying to commit suicide, authorities said on
Monday.      Police responded to an emergency call at the singer's Los Angeles home last Thursday and found he had slashed his wrist with a razor blade.
     "He sustained a two -inch (five cm) laceration to his wrist," said Detective Joel Brown of the West Hollywood Sheriff's Department. "It wasn't like he was dying."
     Gahan, 33, is currently at Los Angeles' Cedars Sinai Medical Centre where he is being evaluated for mental competency, Brown said.
     A spokeswoman at Cedars Sinai referred all calls to Gahan's New York publicist, Michael Pagnotta, who said the incident was a "private matter."
     Depeche Mode, best known for songs such as "Just Can't Get Enough" and "Personal Jesus", have sold millions of records and packed stadiums since the early 1980's.
     Depeche Mode's highly-stylised techno-pop sound, like that of other bands such as OMD and The Cure, touched a chord among disaffected young people and remains a staple of modern rock radio.
 REUTER
 212153 GMT aug 95
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Re: 1997: Ultra
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1995-08-22 - Addicted to Noise (US) - Depeche Mode Singer Released From Hospital

http://web.archive.org/web/20061202093028/http://andercheran.aiind.upv.es/sergio/depeche/noticias/noticias.html

http://www.addict.com/atn/

Depeche Mode Singer Released From Hospital (22/08/95)

Depeche Mode lead vocalist David Gahan who was rushed to Cedars Sinai hospital in the early hours of August 17, under hush-hush circumstances (even going so far as checking in under an assumed name) was released yesterday after an apparent suicide attempt. Sources close to Gahan, say that he has been under an excruciating amount of pressure lately. His band has not recorded an album for two years, nor have they toured in a long while. Theresa, his wife of several years recently left him, and Gahan and Andy Fletcher, another co-founding member of Depeche Mode, have also had a parting of the ways. According to Depeche Mode management , Gahan's hospitalization was not due to a drug overdose.
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1995-08-22 - LA Times (US) - Depeche Mode Leader Gahan Hospitalized After Cutting Wrist

http://articles.latimes.com/1995-08-22/local/me-37618_1_depeche-mode

Depeche Mode Leader Gahan Hospitalized After Cutting Wrist
Official Business August 22, 1995

David Gahan, leader of the top-selling British pop band Depeche Mode, is recovering in a hospital after trying to commit suicide, authorities said Monday.

Police responded to an emergency call at the singer's Los Angeles home last Thursday and found he had slashed his wrist with a razor blade.

"He sustained a two-inch laceration to his wrist," said Detective Joel Brown of the West Hollywood Sheriff's Department.

Gahan, 33, was taken to Los Angeles' Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was being evaluated for mental competency, Brown said.

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« Reply #10 on: 06 May 2012 - 00:44:47 »
1995-08-23 - Lewinston Morning Tribune (US) - News

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=RMleAAAAIBAJ&sjid=cDIMAAAAIBAJ&pg=5899%2C2336163





1995-08-23 - Depeche Mode fanclub - statement

http://web.archive.org/web/19980223201344/http://commline.com/~bratmix/Dave.html

Depeche Mode Fan Club statement - August 23rd, 1995
We would like everyone who has been asking after Dave to know that he has now been released from hospital, and he is fine.

Reports suggesting that what happened was the result of "a suicide attempt" are purely rumours.

We would also like to thank everyone who has expressed concern, and to assure you that your messages and best wishes will be passed on to Dave as soon as we speak to him.

thank you all
dmfc



1995-08-23 - Bild (Germany) - Ehekrach Popstar wollte sterben

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1995-08-23 - LA Times (US) - Depeche Mode's Lead Singer Back Home After Suicide Try

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http://articles.latimes.com/1995-08-23/entertainment/ca-38148_1_depeche-mode

Depeche Mode's Lead Singer Back Home After Suicide Try : Pop music: Concerned fans are sending cards and letters to Dave Gahan, who is recuperating in West Hollywood.
August 23, 1995|CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER | TIMES STAFF WRITER

By the time news leaked Monday that Depeche Mode lead singer Dave Gahan had tried to commit suicide last week, the English singer had already checked out of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and was recuperating at his West Hollywood home, where the attempt took place.

Michael Pagnotta, a publicist for Gahan, said Tuesday that the singer left the hospital on Saturday.

Sheriff deputies responded to an emergency call Thursday and found that the singer, 33, had slashed a two-inch laceration on each wrist with a razor blade.

Detective Joel Brown of the West Hollywood Sheriff's Department said Tuesday that the singer was conscious and talking when they found him, and there was no evidence of drugs. "Apparently he was just really depressed," Brown said.

Depeche Mode's music, which has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide, mixes lively techno-pop sounds with frequently brooding, existential lyrics about death, God and alienation.

Pagnotta said fans worldwide have expressed concern over the singer's condition.

"He's had a tremendous outpouring of sympathy and concern from fans sending letters and cards, and also many people are expressing their feelings on the Internet," the publicist said.

Asked about the circumstances that might have led to the suicide attempt, he said: "It really was a personal matter, and I'm trying to respect Dave's right to privacy. I'm told that he's now doing well, though."

Depeche Mode has been on "down time" for the past few months after spending 18 months on tour in support of its last album, "Songs of Faith and Devotion," the publicist said. The English band's keyboardist and songwriter Martin Gore is now working on new material for the band in England.

A spokesman for Reprise Records, the group's label, said a new album is expected from Depeche Mode next year.

Brown said he was trying to reach Gahan, a standard practice in a suicide attempt.

"We just want to make sure he's all right, to see if he needs help," Brown said. "As I understand it, he'll probably seek his own professional help, which is fine. As long as we're convinced he'll never do something like this again, then our work is done."

Pagnotta said he did not know whether the singer will seek psychological treatment.



1995-08-23 - Pesti Riport (Hungary) - Gyilkossági kísérlet A Depeche Mode énekese ellen

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1995-08-25 - MTV (US) - Week In Rock

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1995-08-31 - Zycie Na Goraco (Poland) - Dave Gahan proba samobójstwa

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David Gahan z Depeche Mode

Próba Samobójstwa

W izolatce Cedars-Sinai-Hospital w Los Angeles panuje półmrok. W łóżku śpi blady mężczyzna. Ma zabandażowane oba przeguby rąk. Ta wiadomość wstrząsnęła wszystkimi fanami Depeche Mode: wokalista tego zespołu, 34-letni David Gahan, próbował popełnić samobójstwo! Uratowano go dosłownie w ostatniej chwili! Znajomi i koledzy z zespołu nabrali wody w usta, wiadomo jednak, że przyczyną próby samobójczej Gahana były kłopoty małżeńskie. Fani Depeche Mode wciąż nie mogą się otrząsnąć. - Dlaczego nam to zrobiłeś, Dave? - pytają w tysiącach listów, które przychodzą codziennie na adres szpitala w Los Angeles.
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1995-08-xx - LA Times (US) - Depeche Mode's lead singer back home after suicide try

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1995-08-xx - Popcorn (Poland) - Koniec Depeche Mode?

http://www.depeche-mode.pl/files/applicationpdf0000000001/popcorn_8_1995.pdf

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Photo description: Po Andym (drugi z prawej) odszedł Alan (z lewej). Dave i Martin chcą pracować jako duet.

Koniec Depeche Mode?

I zostało ich tylko dwóch... Alan Wilder (36), długowłosy keyboardzista kapeli Depeche Mode, ma już dość! Uznał, że jego zasługi dla zespołu nie zostały należycie docenione, stosunki między członkami grupy są „po prostu nie do wytrzymania” i rzucił ręcznik na deski. Odejście Wildera poprzedziła „ucieczka do przodu” Andy Fletchera (33). Opuścił grupę w 1994 roku podczas tournée w Ameryce Południowej. Depeche Mode tworzą teraz wokalista Dave Gahan (33) i gitarzysta Martin Gore (34). Obaj twierdzą, że Depeche Mode dalej istnieje i dadzą sobie radę w dwójkę. Nikt jednak nie wie, jak chcą to zrobić. Dave mieszka z żoną Teresą w Los Angeles, a Martin z żoną Suzanne i córką Viva Lee w Londynie. Muzycy kontaktują się z sobą tylko telefonicznie. Martin komponuje nowe piosenki, do których słowa układa Dave. Dwa tak powstałe utwory mają się ukazać na składance „The Singles 86-95”. Na wiosnę 1996 roku zapowiedziano premierę nowego singla DM.
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1995-09-02 - NME (UK) - DAVE GAHAN SLASHES WRISTS IN LA

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DAVE GAHAN SLASHES WRISTS IN L.A.
[NME, 2nd September 1995. Words: Andy Richardson. Picture: Anton Corbijn.]
Summary:  Brief news article, clearly written in a hurry, breaking the news of Dave's suicide attempt (although Dave has consistently denied it was such). [189 words]

 
    Dave Gahan, singer with Depeche Mode, is recovering at home in Los Angeles after being released from hospital following a suicide attempt.
    Gahan was rushed to Cedars Sinai hospital on Thursday, August 17, checking in under an assumed name. One report says he slashed his wrists and then called the police.
    A detective from the West Hollywood Sheriff's department confirmed that Gahan, 33, was taken to hospital with lacerations to the wrists consistent with being slashed with a razor blade. He could not confirm that Gahan himself called 911, the emergency number.
    The singer was kept in hospital to evaluate his mental competence before being discharged on Tuesday, August 22.
    According to some sources, Gahan has been under severe strain. Depeche have all but split up; they haven't worked in the studio for two years and have not been touring. [1] Andy Fletcher, one of the band's co-founders, quit the band earlier this year [2] and Theresa, Gahan's second wife of several years, had walked out on him.
    Mute records claimed not to know the reason why Gahan was hospitalised. Depeche Mode have been on the label for nearly 14 years. [3]
[1] - This is normal. Since the late 1980s there has been several years between albums, and the previous tour, eighteen months long, had ended only the previous year. [continue]
[2] - Whoops! It was Alan Wilder who quit. [continue]
[3] - Nearly fifteen, just for the record.



1995-09-02 - MTV (US) - Depeche Mode Singer Goes Public About His Alleged Suicide

http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/506318/depeche-mode-singer-goes-public-about-his-alleged-suicide.jhtml

Depeche Mode Singer Goes Public About His Alleged Suicide

According to a report in Globe magazine, Depeche Mode lead singer, David Gahan talked about the events that led up to his alleged suicide attempt, insisting that he wasn't trying to kill himself, but did allow that he was depressed after experiencing a string of personal tragedies--the breakup of his marriage, and a fallow period in his career. Gahan admitted that "I drank a bottle of wine and swallowed a handful of Valium. That combination is really stupid. I walked into the bathroom and saw a razor blade and slashed it across my wrists real hard. It was a spur of the moment thing. I cut real deep, so I couldn't even feel my fingers anymore."

According to the report, the accident occurred a week after Gahan checked out of the Sierra Tucson rehab clinic in Tucson, Arizona--his second visit there. Adding insult to injury, when he returned to Los Angels, he found that his house had been broken into. "I lost everything. I planned to slash my wrist that night. I was angry at how mean people can be. My home was an empty shell."
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