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Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan has opened up about his battle with cancer in 2009.
The singer fell ill in the dressing room of a venue in Athens, Greece shortly before the band were due onstage, and he was taken to a hospital where medics revealed he had a bladder tumour. He told Q magazine: "At first they said it's a stomach virus. But this guy did ultrasound on me. He looked at the screen and said, 'I can see something'. He got another guy who said, 'OK, you have a tumour on your bladder. I can operate tomorrow'."
He added: "Being the old dope fiend I am, I start to negotiate: I'm on the road, an eight-month tour, we've got to do this later. My denial was amazing. So this oncologist knelt down beside my bed, looked up at me and said, 'This is a chance. It hasn't broken through the wall of your bladder. Do you know how many people get this chance when we see the cancer early like this?'"
A week after undergoing surgery, Gahan revealed that he hit a low point when he spoke to his wife. He added: "I looked into her eyes and said, 'I'm gonna be OK,' and she said, 'But I'm not OK! I'm not OK with you thinking you can just go – go and die on me'. She knew that's what I meant: 'If this doesn't work out, I've had a good life, the kids are fine and...' She wanted me to shut up."
Beck is set to release an acoustic album this year.
The singer has not yet revealed a name or an official release date for the LP, but Pitchfork writes that the album came "in the form of a burst of inspiration" when he finished up last year's sheet music Song Reader release.
Beck will be playing a limited number of solo acoustic dates in North America this summer, where he will be debuting the new material, as well as some full band shows and a solo appearance on the Americanarama Festival bill in Wantagh, New York on July 27 alongside Bob Dylan and Wilco.
Speaking to NME late last year, Beck hinted that he would release two new albums in 2013.
"There is music and it's coming!" he said.
"I have this one record I started in 2008. It got put to the side for a long time but recently I've been mixing some of the songs. I'm not sure if they'll be singles or EPs or an album but it'll come out in some way and it sounds... sonically adventurous. I also have a record that I recorded last year in Nashville, which I may or may not finish."
Beck's last full studio album 'Modern Guilt' was released in 2008.
MGMT have a new record coming out soon! Speaking about the record, Ben Goldwasser of the band has said: "We're not trying to make music that everyone understands the first time they hear it."
I can appreciate that way of thinking! Check out a new song they performed LIVE last night in concert called "Mystery Disease".
AWOLNATION‘s “Some Kind of Joke” is being released on the Iron Man 3: Heroes Fall Music Inspired By The Motion Picture album on April 30th, but an advanced stream has been released on YouTube. Be sure to like and leave a comment on the video.
NOTE: Neon Trees, Imagine Dragons & Passion Pit will all have songs on the compilation as wel!
Yorke tweeted this morning to clarify early reports that the "new song floating about is called Magic Beanz. the Z is v important. I'd find u a link but I'm still in bedzzz". Check it out!
Holy crap! One of my favorite tracks off "Black Celebration". I feel like I'm dreaming right now.
2 new eps., check 'em out!