Depeche Mode's Martin Gore: 'The X Factor's Simon Cowell should be shot'

Frontman Dave Gahan also lambasts record companies for not allowing artists to grow

Depeche Mode's Martin Gore: 'The X Factor's Simon Cowell should be shot'

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Depeche Mode guitarist Martin Gore has vented his anger at X Factor guru Simon Cowell - declaring that the pop mogul should be "shot".

Gore admitted that he hates reality TV shows and especially the ITV 1 series, which is currently fronted by Gary Barlow, Tulisa and Nicole Scherzinger.

He told Music Week:

I'm not advocating violence but I think somebody should shoot Simon Cowell.

Frontman Dave Gahan also shared his view and admitted that it is difficult for acts to be successful in the current musical climate. He added: "It's a pretty horrible business today really, I've got to say. You have to be tough and you've got to be thick skinned because there are going to be things written about you that you're not going to like.

"You're going to get scrutinised, your work will not always be liked and if they do like something really a lot they’re probably not going to like the next thing and compare it to the last thing. It takes a time for a band to grow if they're any good."

The singer also said artists need time to grow and his band were lucky they didn't suffer the same pressure musicians are under today. "We were lucky that we were taken under the wing of [producer] Daniel Miller who never once in the studio said, 'Where's the hit song?'" he added.

The band are currently working on a new album which is due for release next year. They will also play two dates at London's O2 Arena next May. To check the availability of Depeche Mode tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

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