Gore sometimes uses guitar, typically his Gretsch White Falcon or Gretsch Double Anniversary on Depeche Mode songs. The first time guitar was used as the main instrument was on “Personal Jesus”, although he used small guitar parts on previous songs, such as “Behind the Wheel”. Gore’s guitar playing developed even more on Songs of Faith and Devotion. However in live performances, he switches his keyboards for his guitar on some older Depeche Mode songs, such as “Never Let Me Down Again” and “A Question of Time”. In mid 1990 Gore stated : “ I think in a way we’ve been at the forefront of new music; sort of chipping away at the standard rock format stations. ”
On 27 May 1999 Gore was presented with an award for “International Achievement”, by the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, at the 44th Ivor Novello Awards, at The Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane. Gore was presented with his award by Daniel Miller, whose speech commended Gore’s work as Depeche Mode‘s songwriter, and the fact that for nearly twenty years the band have managed to connect, through their music, with people all over the world. Other attendees at the music industry-only event included Rod Stewart and Robbie Williams.Gore remains the primary songwriter for Depeche Mode.
Gore’s biological father was an African-American GI stationed in Britain. Gore was raised by his stepfather and biological mother and, as an adult, met his father in the American South. Gore responds to the source’s information and is quoted in Miller’s book saying, “It brings up family traumas” and “It’s one of those things I’d rather not talk about.”
Gore currently lives in Santa Barbara, California. He is now divorced from his wife of twelve years, lingerie designer and model Suzanne Boisvert-Gore. He has three children: two daughters Viva Lee Gore (born 1991) and Ava Lee Gore (born 1995) and a son Calo Leon Gore (born 2002).