Biographic by Steve McGarry for June 25, 2006
Born in Essex, England, on May 9, 1962, Dave Gahan joined forces with Martin Gore, Andy Fletcher and Vince Clarke to form Depeche Mode. In 1980, the group's name taken from a french fashion magazine, within a year the single "Just Can't Get Enough" gave the band a top 10 british hit. Reluctant to tour, Clarke quit the group soon after going on to form Yaz. with singer Alison Moyet, and years later teaming up with Andy Bell in Erasure. Clarke's place in Depeche Mode was taken by synthesizer player Alan Wilder. Over the next few years, the Band's popularity continued to grow, and by the end of the decade Depeche Modehad conquered America. The "Music for the Masses" world tour ended with a sold-out show at the rose bowl in Pasadena, California. A 1990 in-store signing at Los Angeles record store attracted 17,000 fans. In 1993 the album "Songs of Faith and Devotion" debuted at No. 1 on both sides of the Atlantic- but success was beginning to take a heavy toll.... Andy Fletcher dropped out of the second leg of a 1994 world tour and the following year Alan Wilder quit the band. Things took a dramatic turn for the worse when Gahan's battle with his own personal demons was played out in the public eye. To the relief of anxious fans worldwide, he eventually merged from rehab in 1997 with his life back on course. Following Dave's 2003 solo album, "Paper Monsters"