In a statement released on the band's website, Depeche Mode have revealed that singer Dave Gahan successfully underwent surgery to have a "low-grade malignant tumour" removed from his bladder.
The band writes in their statement, "Depeche Mode are pleased to announce they will restart their interrupted Tour Of The Universe in Leipzig, Germany on June 8th. On May 12th, lead singer Dave Gahan suffered a severe bout of gastroenteritis, leading to his hospitalization and the cancellation of the Athens concert. While in hospital, further medical tests revealed a low-grade malignant tumour in Dave's bladder, which has since been successfully removed. At doctors' orders Dave Gahan must take a break until June 8th, to ensure that he makes a full recovery. The Leipzig show on June 8th will be the first concert following Dave's recovery."
They continue, "Dave Gahan sincerely thanks his fans for their support, understanding and patience. Depeche Mode deeply regret any problems or inconveniences the cancellations and postponements may have caused."
Additionally, the band has posted a cohesive rundown of what shows will be affected by Gahan's surgery. They write:
Affected Upcoming Shows
Shows Taking Place As Originally Planned
The following European shows are not affected and will take place as originally planned.
06/08 - Leipzig - Zentralstadion 06/10 - Berlin - Olympiastadion 06/12 - Frankfurt - Commerzbank Arena 06/13 - Munich - Olympiastadion 06/16 - Rome - Stadio Olimpico 06/18 - Milan - Stadio San Siro 06/20 - Werchter - TW Classic Festival 06/22 - Bratislava - Inter Stadium 06/23 - Budapest - Puskas Ferenc Stadium 06/25 - Prague - Slavia Stadium 06/27 - Paris - Stade de France 06/28 - Nancy - Zenith Amphitheatre 06/30 - Copenhagen - Parken Stadium 07/01 - Hamburg - (rescheduled show) 07/03 - Arvika - Arvika Festival 07/06 - Carcassonne - Esplanade Gambetta 07/08 - Valladolid - Jose Zorilla Stadium 07/09 - Bilbao - Live Festival 07/11 - Porto - Super Bock Super Rock Festival 07/12 - Seville - Olimpic Stadium
Furthermore, all dates following Seville on the Tour of the Universe will proceed as originally planned.
Cancelled Shows Still To Be Determined
Ticket holders for the previously cancelled shows listed below are encouraged to hold on to their tickets pending a further statement. Every effort continues to be made to reschedule these shows and more time is needed to resolve venue availability and routing. A final decision is expected early next week, at which time a statement will be made with regards to either a rescheduled date or final cancellation.
05/12 - Athens - Terra Vibe 05/14 - Istanbul - Santral Istanbul 05/16 - Bucharest - Parc Izvor 05/18 - Sofia - Vasil Levski 05/20 - Belgrade - USCE Park 05/21 - Zagreb - Arena 05/23 - Warsaw - Gwardia Stadium 05/25 - Riga - Skonto Stadium 05/27 - Vilnius - Zalgirio Stadionas
Report by David Lowe-Bianco.