MusiCares Salutes Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan for Staying Sober

Dave Gahan

On Friday night (May 6) at Los Angeles’ Club Nokia, Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan was honored for his 10-plus years of sobriety during the seventh annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit.

Reuters reports that the English new wave icon was bestowed the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award for his dedication to staying clean, and for lending a hand to other addicts who want to get their lives back on track. Throughout mid-to-late nineties, Gahan battled with a heroin addiction. He attempted suicide in 1995, which was followed by an overdose several months later.

“If you sit in a barber’s shop long enough, you’re gonna get a f***in’ haircut,” said Gahan, who was given the honor by another recovering addict, Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler. “I don’t hang out with people that are getting high because I’m not that strong. It’s fun to party and I had a lot of fun, and I kind of used up all my chips in that department.”

Gahan, who turns 49 today (May 9), went on to perform a four-song set that featured a sexy cover of Joy Division‘s “Love Will Tear Us Apart” and David Bowie‘s “Cracker Actor.” He and his longtime bandmate Martin Gore also offered up a surprise performance of the 1989 Depeche Mode hit, “Personal Jesus.”