Depeche mode was brought into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame overnight, with the legendary electronic trio receiving awards from afar.
The band was introduced by Charlize Theron, and honored by the likes of Arcade Fire’s Win Butler and Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry.
Founding members Dave Gahan, Andrew Fletcher and Martin Gore shared a pre-recorded acceptable speech from their home. See it below:
“Congratulations to all of our colleagues. It is unbelievable to be in this club. There are so many other musicians and artists who are part of this that we grew up to listen to. David Bowie, Iggy Pop and Stooges, the Clash, are just a few names, ”Gahan said during the speech.
“You know, growing up, listening to music on the radio and listening to music, it really helps us feel normal, to feel part of something.
“That̵7;s what music gives people and I think that’s what Depeche Mode has done for many. I think music really holds people together and God knows we need it more today than ever. “
The band also acknowledged former members Vince Clarke and Alan Wilder, calling them “part of the DM family and DM history and the band’s success”.
Others to whom the trio thanked include creative director Anton Corbijn – whom they have trusted “[making] we look great ”- with Daniel Miller of Mute Records, manager Jonathan Kessler and longtime touring members Christian Eigner and Peter Gordeno.
The introduction of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was delayed in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Instead, a virtual ceremony took place, which was broadcast on HBO Max.
Other artists introduced into this year’s Hall of Fame include Whitney Houston, The Notorious BIG, Nine Inch Nails, T. Rex and The Doobie Brothers.