Depeche Mode has canceled tonight’s show at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif., because vocalist Dave Gahan has reportedly been ordered to embark on 48 hours of complete vocal rest by a physician. This is the second time that shows on the band’s current world tour have been canceled for medical reasons; this spring, a low-grade tumor was discovered on Gahan’s bladder and the band canceled a series of shows in Europe. As of now, the band’s next show—scheduled for Friday in San Diego—is still on. [SFGate] More »
As promised: The state of my “2009 awesomeness” playlist, in which I collect the songs that catch my ear as the year progresses in order to not make my best-of list a last-minute-of-December clusterfuck sort of thing. (It inevitably winds up being like that, but you know, I have noble intentions.) It’s after the jump, and has some contextual links added in. Feel free to make your own and share it here! More »
Depeche Mode has been canceling concerts left and right over the past month thanks to lead singer Dave Gahan suffering from what was thought to be a particularly nasty bout of gastroenteritis–until further tests revealed that the singer had a low-grade tumor in his bladder, which doctors removed successfully. As a result of Gahan needing time to recover, the band has canceled or postponed all of its upcoming shows through their June 8 date in Leipzig, Germany, and an announcement about the shows that were scratched as a result of Gahan’s illness should come next week. The European shows that are still happening are listed after the jump. More »
Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan was rushed to an Athens hospital yesterday after falling ill in his dressing room before a concert last night. The band subsequently postponed the show to this evening, but according to a statement on the band’s Web site, Gahan’s condition is such that he can’t perform tonight, either. No word on what might be ailing him, but here’s hoping for a speedy recovery. [Reuters] More »
Depeche Mode, Tool, the Killers, the Beastie Boys, Kings of Leon, and Jane’s Addiction (well, if they’re still around) are headlining this year’s installment of Lollapalooza, which will descend on Chicago’s Grant Park from Aug. 7-9. Other highlights: Neko Case, Bat for Lashes, Ida Maria, Constantines, and a socially networked lineup page that is proving the Beasties to be the fest’s most Facebook-friendly headliner. (Kings of Leon are close behind, though!) Full roster of artists after the jump.
The video for Depeche Mode‘s new single, “Wrong,” only takes three minutes to be more nerve-wracking than most of the horror movies or Hollywood thrillers I see every year. The Justin Daughters-directed clip begins with a car careening backwards, running into things, its driver slumped over in the front seat. The driver comes to, and you see that he’s bound by duct tape, his face covered in a mask. It’s like the Bizarro World version of that first scene in North By Northwest where Roger Thornhill drunkenly careens down a twisty mountain road—only the difference here is that the lack of the “driver’s” control is palpable, and not played for laughs. You knew Cary Grant’s gonna make it out in the end. But this poor schlub?
This was one of those two-day stretches where pop leak blogs were in overdrive, thanks to the songs leaking from every crevice in the music industry’s crumbling firmament (including its artists’ own blogs). Who wins? Well, the ad sales team at RapidShare, for sure. As far as listeners’ fates, the results are decidedly more mixed, as you’ll see from the brief reviews of new songs by Kanye West and T-Pain, Green Day, Dr. Dre and T.I., the Black Eyed Peas, Depeche Mode, Jennifer Lopez, and Ciara located after the jump.
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