KANSAS CITY, MO Monday May.15.2006 /netmusiccountdown.com/ -- Midwest fans were left to "enjoy the silence" when Depeche Mode cut short its Kansas City concert and canceled its Chicago show last week.

According to the Kansas City Star, Depeche Mode ended their $75-a-seat show at the Starlight Amphitheatre on May 10th just 50 minutes after it started.

An official press release said the band was forced to cut short the show because singer Dave Gahan had developed laryngitis. The statement also said Gahan's voice "was challenged throughout the concert by the unusually cold temperatures at the venue" and as a result of "coming off three concerts in Mexico."

Depeche Mode also pulled its Thursday (May 11th) appearance at Chicago's Allstate Arena after Gahan was advised by a doctor to cancel the show and rest his voice. Chicago ticket refunds will be issued at point of purchase, but no refunds are being offered for the Kansas City show.

In the band's official news release, Depeche Mode expressed "their sincerest apologies to their fans in Kansas City and Chicago" and also thanked them "for their longtime and dedicated support."

It's uncertain whether Depeche Mode will reschedule either of its Midwest shows, but an online petition for a make-up Kansas City concert is available to sign at http://www.petitiononline.com/dmkc/petition.html.

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