Every year for the last seven, The MusiCares MAP Fund (the people who present the Grammy Awards) have hosted a concert to provide access to addiction recovery facilities for musicians who have fallen on hard times. Last Friday, Depeche Mode singer, Dave Gahan, was honored for his sobriety in the presence of many rock contemporaries. Some of these included: Steven Tyler from Aerosmith, Smashing Pumpkins singer, Billy Corgan, Go-Go’s guitarist Charlotte Caffey, Billy Idol and director, Cameron Crowe.
Dave Gahan is a man who has faced his demons. The former heroin addict has had more than one close brush with death during the 1990s. Years of drug abuse came to a head first in 1995 when he attempted suicide by slashing a wrist. Although the wound was not deep enough to be fatal, it did cause his frightening imprisonment for psychiatric evaluation. He almost died again the next year when he overdosed and his heart actually stopped beating for a few minutes.
His addiction destroyed his two marriages and threatened his association with the Depeche Mode, a rock band that gained fame in the 1980s. In 1998, he finally cleaned up his act.
Premium concert seats were expensive; guests paid up to $1,250 per person. The balcony of the club seated fans more cheaply at $125 each. The fee included dinner but no alcohol.
The forty-eight-year old Gahan now lives a life that is clean and sober. Temptation is always there, requiring great self-control and discipline.
Here’s to you, Dave! (Clink of glass with water in it)
Kudos to a healthy, happy life!