A fitting organ tribute was paid in honor of Andrew Fletcher of Depeche Mode during Tuesday night's Los Angeles Dodgers game. The reason for this was that it was the first game at home since “Fletch,” one of the founding members of the group and its keyboardist, passed away on Thursday. A close friend of the group said Fletcher died on Thursday of a natural illness at his home in the United Kingdom. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity as he or she was not permitted to talk publicly. Fletcher remained with his spouse of more than three decades, Grainne Mullan, as well as their two children, Megan and Joe. He was only 60.
The band announced Fletch's passing via its official Twitter account, stating that Depeche Mode, founded in 1980, with its lineup consisting of Fletch, Martin L. Gore, Dave Gahan, and Vince Clarke (the latter was replaced with Alan Wilder), was possibly one of the biggest British synthesizer groups that emerged in the 1980s. It was responsible for the birth of hundreds of sound-alike groups and was loved by millions of fans across the globe. One of those fans is Dieter Ruehle, who plays the organ for both the Dodgers and the LA Kings. The day before, the organist sang “Never Let Me Down Again,” an international hit taken from the album Music for the Masses (1987).
The tribute to the band is particularly important because the band played two sold-out shows in Dodger Stadium in August 1990 as part of its World Violation tour in support of the Violator LP (1990).