Depeche Mode Joined By Former Member

At Teenage Cancer Trust show
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Synth pop veterans Depeche Mode have been joined by former member Alan Wilder at a Teenage Cancer Trust show.

Depeche Mode began life as a group of shambling teenagers in Basildon, attempting to mimic the Kraftwerk records they loved so dearly. More than two decades on, the band's roll call of hits are simply legendary.

However the group have lost members along the way. Founding member Alan Wilder quit almost fourteen years ago, having added his drums and keyboard skills to a number of international hits.

In a statement Wilder said at the time he was quitting "due to increasing dissatisfaction with the internal relations and working practices of the group".

It seems that time has mellowed his attitude, with Alan Wilder joining Depeche Mode onstage at London's Royal Albert Hall. The show took place on Wednesday night (February 17th) and was part of the Teenage Cancer Trust series of shows at the venue.

Depeche Mode rolled out the hits for fans, during a lengthy twenty song set. Classic hits such as 'Enjoy The Silence' were greeted with cheers, while the synth pop dons also performed 'Personal Jesus'.

Alan Wilder then emerged during the encore, playing the piano on the classic track 'Somebody'.

It's been an eventful year for Depeche Mode. Singer Dave Gahan was diagnosed with cancer, leading to the band's European tour being extensively re-arranged. Completing the dates just before Christmas, the show in the Royal Albert Hall was to raise money for the charity.

Also set to play shows as part of the Teenage Cancer Trust are Noel Gallagher, Arctic Monkeys and supergroup Them Crooked Vultures.

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