May 12, 2009 / 8:23 PM / 9 years ago

Depeche Mode singer rushed to hospital, in Athens

ATHENS (Reuters) - British music band Depeche Mode canceled an Athens concert Tuesday after lead singer David Gahan fell ill and was taken to hospital in the Greek capital, event organizers said.

<p>David Gahan of Depeche Mode performs during the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California April 29, 2006. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>

“We regret today’s performance has to be canceled ... David Gahan fell ill in his dressing room,” a concert organizer told an audience of about 20,000 waiting for the concert to start.

Depeche Mode is one of the longest-lived bands to have emerged from the early 1980s, with 45 songs in the British singles chart. The band plays post-punk, new wave music and has sold more than 75 million albums worldwide.

Gahan has been lead vocalist since the band’s start-up in Basildon, Essex in 1980.

Reporting by Barney Spender; Writing by George Georgiopoulos

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