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Singer receives award for staying free of drugs for 15 years

Depeche Mode frontman Dave Gahan has been honoured for his sobriety at an annual charity event in LA.

The singer received the MusiCare‘s Stevie Ray Vaughan Award in recognition of his 15 years of staying free from drugs and his efforts to help others in similar situations, over the weekend.

Gahan was presented with the award by Aerosmith singer Steve Tyler, whose own drug problems have been well documented.

The Depeche Mode frontman later performed a selection of covers, including David Bowie‘s ‘Cracked Actor’ and The Damned‘s ‘New Rose’, before his bandmate Martin Gore made a surprise appearance for ‘Personal Jesus’.

Jane’s Addiction and Paramore also played in front of a star-studded audience which included Smashing Pumpkins singer Billy Corgan and Billy Idol, reports Reuters

Gahan survived a heroin overdose in 1996 and he has remained clean ever since.

The annual event raises cash for the MusiCares Map Fund to aid artists with health or financial problems.