Long time readers of this site know that Depeche Mode is one of my all time favorite bands. Needless to say when I found out Alan Wilder’s band Recoil was doing a rare New York show and I was already committed to seeing Florence and the Machine across town, I was not entirely happy about it. I decided the only way to have a perfect evening was to attend both events! Because I am super bad ass like that, I was able to. Florence was awesome, Recoil was awesome. Added surprise bonus of the evening was Depeche Mode’s lead singer Dave Gahan was in attendance at the Recoil show, marking possibly the second public appearance of Alan Wilder and Dave Gahan in the same room in over 15 years! Dave was sitting in the upstairs VIP section (almost in darkness) so it was hard to get photos, but I found another one I’ll share with you (after the jump). But back to Alan Wilder! As another surprise bonus, Alan Wilder did a meet and greet after the show! Alan was super cool and he autographed 5 Depeche Mode cd Booklets for me (Music For The Masses, People Are People, Some Great Reward, Catching Up With Depeche Mode and the CD Single to Enjoy The Silence) and he took a photo with me as well. My friend had an even better experience as he also got a photo but he had Alan sign 19 things for him. Pretty slick, according2g. I asked Alan if Depeche Mode had a lot of unreleased songs in the vault and he only said “not really.” We can all keep our fingers crossed that he meant to say “tons, and they’ll all be released soon!” Thanks again Alan for great music past and present and for being so cool!