Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode today canceled two more concerts on its Tour of the Universe after Dave Gahan tore a calf muscle during last night’s festival performance in Bilbao, Spain, the band is reporting on its Web site.

Currently challenging Morrissey for the most illness-plagued tour of the year, DM canned the final two dates of the European leg of its tour: weekend concerts near Lisbon, Portugal, and in Seville, Spain.

The cancellations come after the band canceled or postponed  more than a dozen shows at the opening end of its world tour in May and June when Gahan fell ill just prior to a Greek concert; it was later revealed the frontman had a cancerous tumor removed from his gall bladder.

The band reports that Gahan “has been instructed by doctors to stay off his injured leg in order for it to heal and to prevent any further injury.”

Barring further complications or the continued advance of old age, the tour is scheduled to resume July 24 with the opening of the North American leg in Toronto.

Canceled Depeche Mode dates:

July 11: Super Bock Super Rock Festival, Porto, Portugal
July 12: Olympic Stadium, Seville, Spain

Video: Depeche Mode, “Wrong,” Bilbao Live Festival, Bilbao, Spain, 7/9/09

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