Depeche Mode have revealed that they turned down the chance to be given a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's BRIT Awards because they were told their that 'ITV wouldn't broadcast' the band's part of the show.
The band have been around for 23 years and in that time have sold over 100 million records, recently making a comeback with new album The Delta Machine. However, they have never won the Lifetime Achievement BRIT award.
Speaking to The Sun at their video shoot for 'Soothe My Soul', frontman Dave Gahan said, "F**k the BRITs."
He continued, "Let me tell you a story. I will probably get someone in trouble, but we were told we were getting a new award this year. Most Influential Band In The Last 20 Years or something? Basically the old bastard, Lifetime Achievement Award — and we said, ‘Yes that’s cool.’
"Then we heard through the grapevine ITV wouldn’t broadcast our segment. So we said, ‘If they won’t play us on air, then we’re not going to be their most influential band.’
"How many other bands have had as many hits as us worldwide and been around for as long? F*** them then and b****cks to it."
Gahan went on to speak about his past alcoholism, saying that it used to be more difficult for him to avoid drinking - the star 'died' for two minutes in 1996 when he overdosed on a speedball, which is heroin and cocaine combined.
Dave Gahan - not impressed by the BRIT awards this year
"It was difficult as we were on the road and that’s always difficult to avoid drinking," he said. "I just got to a point where I knew if I carried on then I wouldn’t be alive for much longer. I was drinking all day — literally getting up and drinking with breakfast.
"I’m just thankful some of the madness missed the age of smartphones. Back in the day when I was drinking and out of control I would have been all over YouTube."
He finished by adding, "Just for the fun of it I’d just get naked in hotel bars. Can you imagine doing that now?"
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