1993-10-08 Lakefront Arena, New Orleans, LA, USA
Less than halfway through the North American leg, during the New Orleans Lakefront Arena show of October 8, Dave Gahan allegedly suffered a heart attack. "It was during the last song," the singer recalled. "I literally couldn't hear anything, so I went off. Something was going on - I couldn't breathe, and the other guys were like, 'We've gotta do an encore!' So Martin and Alan decided to go back and do a song, and the only song they could do off-the-cuff was 'Death's Door'."
Martin Gore explained in the commentary track on the DVD of '101' in 2003:
On the - I think it must have been the 'Songs of Faith and Devotion' tour, when Dave was pretty bad, and he had like a heart murmur just before we were due on for the encores in New Orleans. And the only thing that Alan and me had ready was this song that we had done, called 'Death's Door', that was really slow and [with] a piano. I remember we had to go back on, and that was our encore!"
Dave recalled in the March 1997 issue of 'Q' magazine:
"Remember New Orleans? At the end of the gig I couldn't go back for the encore, Mart had to do a song solo while all the paramedics rushed me off to hospital. I'd overdosed, I'd had a heart attack. Next day, we didn't think any more about it."
Andy Fletcher told Hot Press magazine in March 2017:
"There were certain gigs [that were lousy]. I remember one of the funniest was when Dave had a heart murmur on... not 'funny'... I don’t know why I’m using that word... queer... he had a heart murmur on stage in New Orleans and he was rushed off into an ambulance, and then we went straight to the aftershow, where we had various lesbian strippers and everything going on. So you could imagine what [the tour] was like."
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