Dave Gahan will be background singer on a David Bowie cover?

Martyn LeNoble, longtime friend and collaborator with Dave Gahan, has just slipped some deets via Twitter:

This is pretty interesting! We have yet to find out what this will be exactly, and for which band this was recorded since LeNoble is floating in and out of bands all the time, but it doesn’t seem like it was for Depeche Mode.

The connection between Dave Gahan and David Bowie is pretty clear: aside from the facts that Dave got to audition for what would become Depeche Mode after Vince Clarke heard Dave sing “Heroes” and that Dave met David Bowie at one of his concerts in 2002 (see photo below) which he proudly recounted in interviews many, many times later on, Dave also (as well as Martin Gore) left a note on his Facebook page when Bowie died earlier this year, and gave a quote on his thoughts regarding Bowie to Mojo magazine in the same month.

David Bowie, Serj Tankian of System of a Down, and Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)

David Bowie, Serj Tankian of System of a Down, and Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode in 2002 (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)

One month later, in February, he told the same magazine: “Martin was really shaken up [about Bowie’s death]. He doesn’t show a lot of emotion that way but he told me he didn’t sleep all night. So I told him we need to just write something, we need to express that, and he was like ‘You’re right’. Its that English thing, you hold back your emotions but when someone opens the door and says ‘we should say something’ you go Yeah, of course we should”. So could this mean that we can both expect Dave Gahan to cover a Bowie track for an undisclosed band, and also expect a new DM song that might be influenced by David Bowie’s passing? Who knows! More details will probably emerge later this year or early next year.