Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan Honors Joy Division

by John Bergstrom

11 May 2011


Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan’s dealings with drug addiction have been well-documented. Last week, though, Gahan, who has been clean for over a decade, was honored for using his experiences to help others.

On May 6 at the MusiCares MAP concert, Gahan received the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his support of the charity, which helps out musicians who are recovering addicts.

Gahan performed a short set of covers, then was joined by bandmate Martin Gore for Depeche Mode’s classic “Personal Jesus”—itself a song inspired by Priscilla Presley’s support of Elvis during his substance-abusing years. 

Here, on Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart”, Gahan summons an eerily affecting invocation of the late Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis. Peter Hook, eat your heart out!

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