Violator Turns 21!

I’ve mentioned this before but I thought I’d add this hilarious link anyway. (My God, did we really dress like that?) It’s local news coverage of Depeche Mode’s Hollywood in-store that turned into a riot.

It really makes me wonder what happened to most if not all of these fans and if they still even own any Depeche Mode stuff. I know I still do, even the extremely rare Japanese X1 and X2 box sets and 2-disc Violator set.

Enjoy, and Happy 21st, Violator!

The Return of Slik

In 1995, Alan Wilder stated the following:

Whilst I believe that the calibre of our musical output has improved, the quality of our association has deteriorated to the point where I no longer feel that the end justifies the means. I have no wish to cast aspersions on any individual; suffice to say that relations have become seriously strained, increasingly frustrating and, ultimately, in certain situations, intolerable.

In 2010:

Dave contacted me a few weeks back and asked if I’d 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!

Now I am by no means going out on a limb with this because for all we know, Alan Wilder’s appearance last night at the Royal Albert Hall benefit gig was just a one-off and something fans might never see again.

But regardless of what may or may not come of it, thanks to the phone-cams, digital cameras and the Intartubes, Depeche Mode fans around the whole wide world can see and enjoy this tremendously, stupendously, goose bump-inducing moment.

Welcome back, Slik, if only for one song 🙂

Greatly Exaggerated

To quote Mark Twain, the rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated.

I decided that after the dreadful week we had, I needed some time away from the blog to unwind and prepare myself for my new job which, at least after the first 5 days, isn’t too bad. That should explain my lack of posts–my brain was pretty much fried by Friday, expecially after sitting so close to the stage for Depeche Mode’s Hollywood Boulevard performance.

Either way, great show. And give a great, big hand to Ann who, even with her bad back, stood for at least 7 hours and didn’t complain once. I knew she hurt but she didn’t even whimper. She definitely earned her Mars bar.

In addition to all that, we had to contend with some credit card companies this week so that we wouldn’t end up in court (at least for one of them). Listen, people. If you have a credit card that’s nearly maxed out and / or you’re behind on payments, do not–repeat DO NOT–consult one of those debt settlement companies. We did and while at first we saw some positive results, we soon realized how expensive those actions were. Not cheap at all. We ended up calling the card companies ourselves and got all of the balances reduced–one went from $1,200 to $400, cheaper than anything the debt settlement company could do. If you’re willing to settle the debt and have the money, the card companies will work with you. In fact, we settled more in 3 days than this company did in 6 months. Pretty sad–and it didn’t get charged up the yin yang for it.

At any rate, there you go. I have to go and make my lunch for tomorrow and leave early since I will be riding my bike to work–and I couldn’t be happier. And for shit’s sake, don’t fall into the media trap about swine flu! Yes, people will die from it and while unfortunate, this strain is no more dangerous than that of the typical flu

Oh, and also note that because I don’t have a computer (or a desk for the matter) just yet, I am not checking my e-mail at lunch or during breaks. They will have to wait until I get home, usually just after 4:30.

I’m outta here for the night. Keep the faith, brothas!

The Stage!

The Stage!, originally uploaded by aeromat.

Are we close? Hell yeah!

UPDATE: Phone-cam pics are up at Flickr!

Depeche Mode Soundcheck!

Depeche Mode Soundcheck!, originally uploaded by aeromat.

They are on stage there, I swear! In line @ VIP area. Follow my tweets @aeromat for more.