Pop Quiz: Depeche Mode

Aidin Vaziri | Even for a band that’s come to expect disaster, this has been a particularly rough year for Depeche Mode. Within days of setting off on a world tour in support of its album “Sounds of the Universe,” the long-running British group was sidelined when singer Dave Gahan took a few days off to get a cancerous tumor removed – and then a couple more after he injured his leg in Spain. But Depeche Mode remains undaunted. Barring any further ER visits, the band will bring more than 30 years of delightful wrist-slashing electronic hits to Shoreline Amphitheatre on Wednesday. We checked in with keyboardist Andy Fletcher during the group’s stop in New York.

Andy Fletcher of Depeche Mode
Q: On this tour, Dave has had a cancerous tumor removed and seriously injured his leg. Why are you still on the road?
A: It’s been an amazing tour, really. In some ways, certainly in Europe, it’s been our most successful tour ever. But it’s been our most calamitous as well. The great thing is we’re up and running. Dave in particular has shown a lot of competitive spirit, you might say, to carry on the way he’s doing.
Q: Most bands would have retreated to their private islands by now.
A: Well, the thought would have been if the bladder cancer prognosis was different but actually you couldn’t get a better prognosis. It was caught very early and it was low grade. It was just a question of zapping it out.
Q: So what you’re saying is, that for a guy who was once declared clinically dead, this was really nothing.
A: I said to Dave to other day, “I can’t wait for your autobiography.” It’s quite a story developing.
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