1989-10-xx - BONG 7http://archives.depechemode.com/bong_7.pdf
[Daniel "BRAT" Barassi has deleted all addresses in the PDF file. Text taken from the now-defunct website www.sacreddm.net
Summary: Dave answers questions submitted by fans. [558 words]
According to the January ’82 issue of “The Face”  “Asian blood way back in the family accounts for (D. Gahan’s) surname”. What are your family origins?
Gahan is Irish and was my stepfather’s name, but my blood father has Malaysian ancestors.
Have you got any brothers or sisters?
1 sister, 2 brothers.
Why did you name your son Jack? Was he named after anyone in particular?
No, he wasn’t named after anyone, we both liked the name.
Do you ever regret being in the band because you’re often away and not with your family?
Yes and No!
Do you want any more children?
Would you like Jack to follow in your footsteps?
It’s up to him.
What were his first words?
“Dad” – of course!
What supermarket did you work for before you started singing?
What’s your favourite alcoholic drink?
Have you ever ridden a horse?
What are your vices?
What’s the name of your favourite book, film and TV show?
I hardly ever read, but enjoyed a book by Philip Norman called “The Stones”, “Apocalypse Now” (Film & Music) and TV show – “Brookside”.
How many leather jackets do you own?
I’ve never counted them.
How would you like Depeche Mode to be remembered in 20 years’ time?
Do you have any unfulfilled ambitions?
Who do you most admire?
J D Fanger.
Where do you get your hair cut?
In London (“Fiyon”).
Do you wear after-shave? What sort?
Various – “Kouros”, “Armani”….
Do you like prestigious motorcycles (such as Harley Davidsons)?
Yes, they’re quite good really.
Do you have any recurring nightmares?
What was the last concert you attended?
The Cure, Milan.
Do you go to Chelsea regularly – do you stand in the shed?
What’s the weirdest thing that has been thrown on stage for you and did you keep it?
I don’t really get a chance to stop singing and check out what’s been thrown on stage. It just annoys me.
Are you planning a solo LP?
Not at the moment.
Which songs do you most enjoy singing live?
“Blasphemous Rumours”, “Never Let Me Down Again”, “Stripped”, “Everything Counts” & “Fly On The Windscreen”.
In “101” I noticed you playing a harmonica – are you any good at it? – What other instruments can you play?
Pretty good! – Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboards & Tambourine. I’m what you call “A Bit Of An All-Rounder”.
How and where did you meet Martin, Fletch and Vince in 1980?
I met Vince outside a pub in Basildon & he asked me to a rehearsal, where I met Mart and Fletch.
What was the first song you performed with them? – Were you nervous?
…Can’t remember and No. 
Which song of Martin’s (which he sings) is your favourite?
“The Things You Said”.
Have you ever written any songs?
When did you decide you wanted to become a singer?
I didn’t and I’m still learning.
Have you ever forgotten the words at a concert?
Who decides what singles will be released?
All of us and Daniel.
How is it decided who sings the songs?
Martin, Alan and myself discuss it.
What’s your opinion of current chart music?
I don’t really know much about it!
What was the last record you bought?
The Cure, “Disintegration”.
Do you get embarrassed watching your early videos?
Yes, they’re pathetic.
 - That is this article. [continue]
 - Assuming he isn't referring to rehearsal sessions, this is one huge fib. By all accounts, he had to down ten cans of lager before he found the (Dutch) courage to perform. [continue]
Summary: Some tour reminiscences from a nominated number one fan. [535 words]
As you’ve no doubt seen from the cover photo, this year’s “SUPERFAN” has already been presented with his award, a gold ‘101’ disc, complete with a plaque saying “Presented to: Rob Latchford, Depeche Mode’s number one fan 1989”. Rob, from Essex, was picked out of hundreds of entries, when he sent in two large folders packed with photographs and information about his exploits as a ‘raving’ Depeche Mode fan! His entry was in two parts, the first mainly features the “BLACK CELEBRATION” Tour, with a few very old DM gig photos thrown in for good luck, and the second, the “MUSIC FOR THE MASSES” Tour, although Rob has been following DM practically from the beginning! He’s been to a total of 46 DM concerts over the years, in the UK, Europe and the USA. Below is a very small section of Rob’s written entry. This, combined with the hundreds of photos he sent, I’m sure that no-one would dispute his “Superfan” title!:
Paris here we come! – We arrived a few days early to get used to where we were and find the concert hall. Paris is a large enough place when you’re lost and it was quite difficult trying to find the concert venue! When we did find the place we thought the concert would be held it turned out to be wrong! Luckily there were posters saying the concert was on at Bercy instead (wherever that was!) so we set off again in search of it……… The concert that night at Bercy was amazing! I had never seen a place like it before. Half of it was underground and didn’t look finished. Inside it was so large, there was a place where you could all stand in front of the stage, so we all ran down and somehow managed to get in the front row. The atmosphere was great. There was some pushing and shoving, but it was worth being a little bit crushed. After the concert we went back to the hotel (we were staying in the same hotel as DM!) and waited for the band to tell them what a good time we all had!
(“WE” are Rob, Helen and Julia)
The most important thing about planning to follow Depeche Mode to the USA was – How could I afford to go? I couldn’t miss this opportunity. In the end I went to the bank for a loan. The bank manager thought that I was mad just going to America just to watch some concerts but luckily he approved the loan and I was on my way………
Poplar Creek wasn’t really what we were expecting, but we took our seats and had a really good night out. We were surprised to see OMD  as support but they got everyone going ready for Depeche Mode…… After the show we managed to go backstage, I think that the band were a little surprised to see us. They probably thought the USA was a place where we couldn’t find them!
This is only a very small part of Rob’s account of his trips to see DM. If you want to hear more, I suggest you dig him out during the next tour!
 - This dates this part to 1987.