Dave Gahan, Depeche Mode

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Dave Gahan likes to reach out and touch faith, but he'd rather wait a long, long time before meeting his own personal Jesus.

Depeche Mode's frontman was hospitalized May 12 in Leipzig, Germany, for treatment of a severe bout of gastroenteritis only to learn he had cancerous tumor in his bladder, the band revealed on depechemode.com.

Gahan underwent surgery to remove what his physicians say was a "low-grade" malignancy and is expected to make a full recovery, though he's been ordered to take a break from the road until June 8.

Shake the disease, indeed.

The surprise diagnosis forced Depeche Mode to postpone a series of stops across the pond in such cities as Athens, Istanbul, Belgrade and Warsaw as well as London's O2 Arena on May 30. The band is asking concertgoers to hold onto tickets until a revised itinerary is issued sometime next week.

"Dave Gahan sincerely thanks his fans for their support, understanding and patience," the synth-pop rockers said in a statement. "Depeche Mode deeply regret any problems or inconveniences the cancellations and postponements may have caused."

Depeche Mode will relaunch their Tour of the Universe June 8 in Leipzig.

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