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Simon Price on Depeche Mode - You wait for ages for a different sort of frontman, then two show up at once

For a man who has been through not just one fire, but two – heroin addiction and cancer – Dave Gahan is a highly dynamic frontman. And Depeche Mode effectively have a spare one of those, in the shape of Martin Gore. Both men, tonight, are exercising the right to bare arms. Beyond that, their styles are different: Gahan the tanned rock god in tattoos and Cuban heels, Gore the glamourpuss in blue eyeshadow, silver kilt and a star guitar borrowed from the Glitter Band.

Lead singer of the British band 'Depeche Mode' Dave Gahan performs on stage during 'The delta machine tour'

Music review: Depeche Mode at the O2 Arena, London

“Words are meaningless and forgettable,” broods Dave Gahan on Martin Gore's elegantly written “Enjoy the Silence”. Unfortunately, the words on Depeche Mode’s latest, widely derided Delta Machine are a teensy bit unmemorable and even after numerous listens the new tunes lack "stickability".

Richard Patterson, Christina with green necklace, 2000
Oil on canvas, 36 3/4 x 36 3/4 in. / 93.2 x 93.2 cm

Art review: Richard Patterson, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London

This survey of YBA Richard Patterson’s career so far is bold, sensuous, and feels fresh rather than old hat recycled from the Freeze/Sensation years.

Album: Depeche Mode, Delta Machine (Columbia)

An artist's most avid fans are often their worst friends, relishing their pain and suffering from a safe distance.

Album: Hurts, Exile (Epic)

In which suave synth duo Theo Hutchcraft and Adam Anderson take things in a darker and heavier direction.

Simon Cowell has risen to fame by cultivating the image of “Mr Nasty” and “most recognisable face”

Simon Cowell slams 'weird' Depeche Mode star for shooting jibe

Martin Gore said the X Factor boss should be shot for his influence on the music industry

Singer Rod Stewart was moved to tears by Celtic’s victory

Gerard Pique joins chorus of praise as Celtic fans bring the noise against Barcelona

"We're doing the huddle in the Champions League."

David Gray's plan to convert Dylan's studio falls flat

Singer David Gray has fallen out with his neighbours over his plans to convert famed north London recording studios into flats.

Album: Soulsavers, The Light of the Dead See (V2/Cooperative)

The production team of Rich Machin and Ian Glover previously recorded with Mark Lanegan as primary vocalist (with cameos from the likes of Mike Patton and Gibby Haynes).

Watson shot many memorable Smash Hits covers in the early Eighties and produced iconic images of the Pet Shop Boys

Eric Watson: Photographer who worked with the Pet Shop Boys and for pop bible Smash Hits

The pop music of the Eighties was bright, bouncy and shiny – and the biweekly magazine Smash Hits displayed the same qualities while providing the perfect handbook for teenagers throughout the British Isles and beyond to follow the latest bands and trends. A mainstay of the much-loved publication throughout the first half of the Eighties, the photographer Eric Watson shot many of its iconic covers, including those featuring Madonna, Madness and Morrissey, and helped define the "heroic" look of many of the acts from the period.

How Soon Is Now?, By Richard King

To the younger generation of music fans, "indie" is a genre, a ubiquitous term used to describe artfully scruffy purveyors of white-boy guitar pop. In the late Seventies and Eighties, however, it was an abbreviation of "independent", used to distinguish the small, self-financed, artist-friendly record labels - the type started in garages, garden sheds and behind the counters of record shops - from their corporate counterparts.

Win a pair of weekend tickets to The Vintage Festival at The Southbank Centre

The Vintage Festival, the UK’s best new festival, will transform The Royal Festival Hall into a multi-venue vintage playground for London’s most uplifting and stylish party this summer - and The Independent has a pair of tickets for the whole weekend - worth £450 - to give away!

Suarez promises the best is yet to come after flying start at Anfield

The Uruguayan's match-winning display on Sunday coupled with Carroll's debut means Liverpool are buzzing again

White Lies - Guitar heroes lift the doom and gloom

West London three-piece White Lies and their new album, Ritual, disprove the notion that rock is dead, says Gillian Orr

Album: Fujiya and Miyagi, Ventriloquizzing (Full Time Hobby)

For their third album, Brighton's itchy electronic groove machine opted to record in California with the producer Thom Monahan, best known for his work with folk-rockers like Vetiver and Devendra Banhart.

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