Depeche Mode to cancel Pinkpop, London, Hamburg and Dusseldorf
dates ? - an official announcement is to be made later today
Posted on 27 May, 2009
Pinkpop boss Jan Smeets has been quoted yesterday evening by the Belgian press agency
Belga saying that Depeche Mode will most probably not be perfoming at this year's Pinkpop
festival in Holland. Smeets says he's trying to book Oasis or The Prodigy as a replacement
act. The Prodigy however announced on their Twitter account that they won't come to Pinkpop. In any case, the
tickets for Pinkpop will not be refunded.
According to various reports more shows are off including London,
Hamburg and the 2 Dusseldorf shows. An official announcement is about to be made today by
the band's management Smeets said, but nothing happened. This news article will be updated
the moment we get more news.
Update: In a response to Limburger.nl
Smeets would have said that Dave Gahan has undergone surgery in New York during which a
tumor was discovered. Doctors would have said that it would be irresponsible to keep on
touring in these conditions. It's unclear why the band does not just cancel the complete
first part of the tour so that Gahan can recover at ease.
As we reported before, the lack of
communication starts backfiring to the band. More and more fans are complaining about
the complete lack of news. Here are just a few of many negative reactions pulled from the
official Depeche Mode forum:
"Please make an announcement and stop wasting our time,
people have tickets, flights, hotels etc booked. I understand and appreciate that Mr.
Gahan has been unwell and if that is still the case then there is nothing any of us can
do. But what we can do is save our money just in time if the 02 in London is
"I couldn't agree more. Total silence from week to week, then a bunch of
cancellations is no way to manage a major tour, or treat fans. Personally I feel very let
down by the DM organisation as it feels like we are being treated with contempt. This is
how false rumours start. Best wishes to Dave and hope you are well soon."
"Mmm yes a bit of a PR disaster really. It must be difficult for all concerned but
they (the management) seem to have shot themselves in the foot somewhat. Any kind of
update would be better than being left in limbo like this. No wonder rumours abound - the
only way to stop them is to issue some kind of message about how Dave is doing. We don't
want to see his medical chart for crying out loud."
"We will only get our tax minus a hefty cancellation fee back from our flights. We
aint getting any statement tonight Paul. Like football fans, the paying fan is way down
the list of priorities!"
"I posted a thread about the lack of information and was told i'm not allowed!!! WTF
is going on here? Oh and god forbid if you ask how dave is!! They can scrap the whole tour
now....i just hope daves ok. Oh and we're not allowed to care."
"Just because we've spent money, tons of money, to buy tix, to book train and hotel.
Because even if we are fans, we have a life, a job, children... Because of that, we need
to know what we'll be able to do /or not to do the next 4-5 days !!!!"
And the list goes on and on. Side-Line did point out from the
early beginning that the lack of communication is and would be a serious problem.
Do you think that the matter has been properly handled or do you think that you have not
been well informed? Let us know in the comment field below.