Singer receives award for staying free of drugs for 15 years

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

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

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

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

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

[b]Gahan[/b] survived a heroin overdose in 1996 and he has remained clean ever since.

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

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