London (ANI): British electronic music pioneers, Depeche Mode, have cancelled their homecoming gig at the O2 after announcing that its lead singer, Dave Gahan, was recovering from an emergency cancer surgery. Gahan, 47, had undergone an operation to remove a cancerous tumor from his bladder.
Now he has been ordered to take time off, reports The Sun. Medics discovered the growth by chance during routine tests after Gahan suffered a nasty stomach bug that has also scuppered nine dates on their Tour Of The Universe. The heroes had been gearing up to make their grand return at the O2 supershow.
However, a statement released by the band yesterday, said: "On May 12, lead singer Dave Gahan suffered a severe bout of gastroenteritis, leading to his hospitalisation and the cancellation of the Athens concert. While in hospital, further medical tests revealed a lowgrade malignant tumour in Dave''s bladder, which has since been successfully removed."
"At doctors' orders, Dave Gahan must take a break until June 8, to ensure that he makes a full recovery. The Leipzig show on June 8 will be the first concert following Dave's recovery. 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."