Pet Shop Boys lead tributes to late keyboardist Andy Fletcher

Pet Shop Boys lead tributes to late keyboardist Andy Fletcher

Andy Fletcher was a founding member of Depeche Manner

Pet Shop Boys, Alison Moyet and The Smashing Pumpkins have led the tributes to Depeche Mode keyboardist Andy Fletcher, who died this week aged 60.

Fletcher was a founding member of the British isles digital band who identified achievements with hits together with Personal Jesus.

Synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys described him as “a warm, welcoming and funny human being who cherished digital music…”

Singer Moyet, who grew up on the same Basildon estate as Fletcher, was still left speechless by the information of his loss of life.

She reported: “I have just listened to the news. Considering the fact that we were being 10. Very same estate. Class mates to label mates. He who kept faith with all the old gang and they with him. It will not compute. Fletch. I have no phrases.”

US rock band The Smashing Pumpkins, in an on the internet submit, explained the musician as “famous and inspirational”, expressing they have been “saddened” to hear of his death.

British singer Carol Decker tweeted: “Fletch was a charming male, DM [Depeche Mode] one particular of my all time favorite bands, sending all my appreciate to his spouse and children friends and band members.”

Depeche Method experienced chart success in the 1980s and 1990s with dark electronic singles together with New Everyday living, Delight in the Silence and Just Can not Get More than enough.

The band confirmed the news of Fletcher’s death on Thursday, indicating they had been “shocked and stuffed with too much to handle sadness”.

Andrew Fletcher (right) with Depeche Mode in Berlin in 1984. From left: Martin Gore Dave Gahan and Alan Wilder.

Fletcher (ideal) with Depeche Mode in Berlin in 1984. From left: Martin Gore, Dave Gahan and Alan Wilder.

The assertion went on to say that the keyboard participant experienced a “coronary heart of gold” and their “hearts are with his family”.

Founded in Basildon in 1980, the group have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two a long time in the past.

In a statement posted on social media, the band said: “Fletch experienced a real coronary heart of gold and was normally there when you necessary guidance, a lively dialogue, a great snicker or a chilly pint.”

Fletcher, who was born in Nottingham but moved to Basildon as a little one, remained with the Depeche Method through its 4-ten years record, which bundled two amount one particular albums, Extremely and Music of Religion and Devotion.

Broadcaster and DJ Richard Blade advised the BBC that Fletcher was the driving drive at the rear of the band.

‘The spine of Depeche Mode’

“People normally feel of Dave [Gahan] being the singer and frontman and Martin [Gore] currently being the songwriter, but Andrew was the spine of Depeche Mode,” claimed Blade.

“Martin Gore stated to me a single time that there would be no Depeche Mode with out Andrew Fletcher, he was the a single who would generally get Dave and Martin and at the time [former bandmate] Alan Wilder together and say, ‘get in the studio, let’s operate on a new album, let us get a tour together’.”

Andrew Fletcher of Depeche Mode

His band experienced hits with tracks like Personalized Jesus

Lol Tolhurst, the drummer in fellow 80s rock act The Overcome, explained the news of Fletcher’s loss of life as “quite unfortunate”.

“I realized Andy and thought of him a pal. We crossed several of the identical pathways as younger males,” he tweeted.

Dave Gahan (L) and Andrew Fletcher of Depeche Mode perform live on stage at the O2 Arena

Dave Gahan (left) and Andrew Fletcher of Depeche Method execute dwell on phase at the O2 Arena in London

Sister Bliss, from electronic outfit Faithless, described Fletcher as a “keyboard warrior” and tweeted that he was “absent way far too quickly”.

Miles Hunt, frontman of The Speculate Things, recalled Fletcher and his Depeche Mode bandmates acquiring been a “welcoming, sort and encouraging bunch of persons”.

Depeche Mode performing live

A photograph of Andy Fletcher is projected on a significant monitor as Depeche Method accomplish in Anaheim, California

Fletcher’s previous studio album with the band was 2017’s Spirit, their 14th, which attained amount 5 in the Uk albums chart.

He leaves behind wife Grainne, to whom he was married for practically 30 years, and two young children, Megan and Joe.

Andy Fletcher of Depeche Mode performing in Rome

Andy Fletcher undertaking in Rome in 2013