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I feel you: Depeche Mode's masseur moonlights at Olympics

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Agence France-Presse

Pyeongchang, South Korea  /  Sun, February 18, 2018  /  06:05 am
I feel you: Depeche Mode's masseur moonlights at Olympics

Slovakia's Jan Laco (L) and USA's Jordan Greenway clash in the men's preliminary round ice hockey match between the US and Slovakia during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Gangneung Hockey Centre in Gangneung on February 16, 2018. (AFP/Brendan Smialowski)

The United States men's ice hockey team just can't get enough of their new Olympic masseur -- he also just happens to be the massage therapist for rock band Depeche Mode.

Peewee Willmann, who soothes the aching bones of the British electro rockers while on tour, moonlights for the American team who are chasing gold in Pyeongchang.

"There is really no big difference between a rock and roll star and a hockey player," said the German -- though presumably there is less sex, drugs and rock and roll at the Olympics.

"A hockey player -- you need harder stuff," added Willmann. "You go in deep on the muscle structure. A lead singer needs more work, something for his voice, something for the mental side (of performing) and I can treat it."

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Willmann has worked on and off with USA Hockey for 15 years but was offered a job touring with Depeche Mode after fixing a knee injury suffered by lead singer Dave Gahan, he said.

"Touring with the band is the same as (at the Olympics), said Willmann, who will join up with the eighties stars in Mexico before their South American tour when the Olympics come to a close on February 25.

"We have our own breakfast club, we go swimming every day. 

"They are getting older and they know they have done some stupid things," he added.

"It's not the same anymore. The sex, drugs and rock and roll life was in the eighties."