The Healing of Rock: Depeche Mode & Morrissey Back, Cole Sets Dates

It seems to have been a rough spring for not only the music industry's sales, but also those who make the music. A number of headlining tours have been put on hold while the artists have undergone surgery and fought illness.

Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode postponed a show in Athens, Greece last month because of gastrointestinal difficulties. During his hospital stay, a tumor was discovered in his bladder and removed, forcing the cancellation of a number of other shows on the tour.

Gahan and the group returned to the stage on Monday night in Leipzig, Germany. The singer told the crowd, "I'm grateful to the fans for showing their support and thankful to my family, friends and all of the doctors who looked after me so well. Being back onstage is an incredible feeling and I'm looking forward to each and every show."

Morrissey has also been cancelling short sections of his 2009 tour, including six of his first seven U.S. shows in late-February and March, the U.S. closer in Oakland and nine shows in the U.K. and France portions of the tour. While a full explanation was never announced, most press releases stated that he was under doctor's orders to rest his voice to ensure total recuperation.

He returned Friday night in Luxembourg with reports varying from great voice to a little rough as he continues to recover from his throat problems. Since then he has played Holland and Belgium with a show tonight in Offenbach, Germany.

Finally, Natalie Cole has made a number of valiant efforts to tour in support for her album Still Unforgetable, but on-going dialysis for the failed kidneys brought on from long-term hepatitis was forcing numerous cancellations.

Last month, Cole successfully received a kidney transplant and will finally be able to go out on tour starting September 9 at Los Angeles' Hollywood Bowl. New dates for tour shows from the original start date of June 5 until September are yet to be announced.

Even though Cole underwent the surgery on short notice (as is normal with most transplants) and lost her sister Carole the same day, she remains upbeat and says she has a "new lease on life."

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