On June 1st, 1995, after serving as the group’s keyboardist for over 13 years, Alan Wilder left Depeche Mode. On February 17th, 2010, after doing his own thing for over 15 years, Alan Wilder reunited with his former bandmates — at least for one night — at Londons Royal Albert Hall.
Per Slicing Up Eyeballs, Wilder joined Depeche Mode for a performance of Somebody during the band’s set at the Teenage Cancer Trust charity concert last night. Explaining the basis for the reunion in a newly posted blog entry on his website, Wilder wrote, “Dave contacted me a few weeks back and asked if Id be willing to join them on-stage. He assured me that everyone in the band was into the idea. I was very happy to accept, especially as it was all in a good cause and we were long overdue some kind of reunion of this sort. It was great to see everyone again and catch up a bit, and it was also the first time I have actually seen Depeche Mode perform!.
Video evidence of the performance can be found below. In addition to the reunion, Depeche Mode also surprised attendees with a rendition of the rarely performed “Photographic”.