Depeche Mode, the Los Angeles Dodgers organist pays homage to Fletcher

The Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team organist paid tribute to Andy Fletcher by playing some Depeche Mode hits before a match

L’Organista del Dodger Stadium Dieter Ruehlewanted pay homage one of his musical myths during thebaseball match between LA Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates.

In fact, throughout the match, the musician has highlighted some of the key moments of the game playing the Depeche Mode classics on the organ in honor of Andy Fletcher, keyboard player of the band disappeared a few days earlier.

The LA Dodgers on the notes of Depeche Mode

In the world of sport americano there is a figure often considered part of the team, even though he is never visible on the pitch: the organist. Dal baseball all’hockeyneglthe United States there is indeed a long one tradition of stadium organists which highlight with the sound of a hammond some highlights of the matches such as players entering the field or a scored point.

Dieter Ruehele he is one of the musicians who, in recent years, has carried on a tradition that had partially fallen into disuse.

Throughout his career Ruehle has accompanied with his music Los Angeles Lakers basketball matches, Los Angeles Kings hockey matches and Los Angeles Dodgers baseball matches.

Just during the last MLB match, il major baseball league of the United States, Ruehle wanted to pay homage to one of his great myths: Andy Fletcher of Depeche Mode.

Throughout the whole home game for the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium against the Pittsburgh Piratesthe organist played several Depeche Mode classics as a tribute to the English keyboardist who passed away last week at just 60 years old.

One of the moments was published by Ruehele himself who shared a video on social media in which an unprecedented version of ‘Never Let Me Down Again’ and one in which he performs ‘Enjoy The Silence’.

The match, lost by the Dodgers, was also characterized by other classics of the British band such as Master And Servant, Strangelove, Behind The Wheel e Walking In My Shoes.

In another post, Ruehele shared a photo of a tape, explaining that, in April 2022, Andy Fletcher paid him a flight to Basildon, Depeche Mode’s hometown. There was held the last convention of the Depeche Mode Bong fan club where Fletcher himself had invited the American musician to put the records.

The death of Andy Fletcher

Andy Fletcher passed away on May 26 at the age of 60 for causes not yet disclosed. The same people reported the disappearance Depeche Mode with a message on social media.

“We are shocked and filled with sadness at the untimely passing of our dear friend, family member and bandmate Andy” Fletch “Fletcherwrote Depeche, “Fletch had a heart of gold and was always there when you needed support, a lively conversation, a laugh, a cold beer. Our hearts are with his family and we ask you to dedicate your thoughts to them. and to respect their privacy in these difficult times “.

Born in Nottingham in July 1961, Andy Fletcher had been the founding member by No Romance in China with Vince Clark in the late 1970s. In 1980, with the arrival of di Martin Gorethe three formed Composition Of Sound which, with the addition of Dave Gahan the following year, they became the first version of Depeche Mode.

After the comings and goings of the other members of the band, since 1995 Depeche Mode have stabilized as trio consisting of Gahan, Gore and Fletcher. Just Fletcher acted as a glue and an element of balance within the band in the most complicated periods. Musically, Fletch began his adventure as a bassist, to then play keyboards and synthesizers, putting his expertise as a 360 ° musician at the service of the band.

Fletcher’s role within Depeche Mode went beyond the strictly musical one, being he himself had played the role of manager for a long time and dealt with contractual and legal issues, as well as being the real spokesperson for the band.



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