Depeche Mode today announced the cancellation of the group’s Global Spirit Tour stop in Minsk, Belarus, tonight due to what it only described as “a band member illness” — and promised fans that efforts would be made to reschedule the concert later in the tour.
The band’s representatives offered no more specific information, though Russian state media reported the concert was canceled because frontman Dave Gahan had been hospitalized with an intestinal disorder.
Here’s Depeche Mode’s full statement:
We regretfully announce that due to band member illness, Depeche Mode will be unable to perform tonight’s show at Minsk Arena in Minsk, Belarus. We are currently looking at all options to reschedule this show for later in the tour. We expect to be able to give an update on this within the next week. We ask all fans holding tickets for tonight’s show to stand by for further information regarding the rescheduling of the show and/or refunds. Our apologies to all fans in Minsk and we thank you for your understanding and patience.
The band played Moscow on Saturday night — a concert Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny had lamented he’d miss due to being jailed — and had just announced plans to return to Russia’s capital on Feb. 25; a rescheduled Belarus concert, should that happen, likely would take place around then.
Depeche Mode is next scheduled to perform Wednesday night in Kiev, Ukraine.
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