Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Has hell frozen over? Perhaps not, not it has been 15 years since Alan Wilder gave his walking papers and left Depeche Mode. Wilder joined his old band on stage to play piano behind the classic ballad "Somebody". Afterward, hugs all around... even for Fletch. (But where was Dave?)
The reunion was almost certainly the highlight of Depeche Mode's charity concert at the Royal Albert Hall. The big question is, of course, "what's next?" Is this just a one-off encounter or might Wilder actually re-join DM? Who knows... probably not. Wilder has a great life now. A family. A creative outlet. A confusing website. He is a man who keeps himself plenty busy. But that doesn't mean there aren't other DM related ventures he could be creatively attached to... perhaps he could take the production helm on Gahan's or Gore's solo projects... or produce a DM vs. style mashup project.
But that is for later...for now, DM fans can rejoice in the new thaw.
Saturday, February 06, 2010
Last week, the long-running NPR talk show, Fresh Air, featured two men discussing the topic of cybercrime. One of the guests, a journalist named Joseph Menn (author of Fatal System Error: The Hunt for the New Crime Lords Who Are Bringing Down the Internet) said something that chilled me to the bone. The interviewer, Dave Davies, inquired about China and its involvement in cyber crime:
DAVIES: So what could they do? Could they take down the American electric grid...
Mr. MENN: Absolutely.
DAVIES: ...steal our military secrets? Yes?
Mr. MENN: That they have our military secrets, and they could shut down the electric grid. And if you do that for long enough, then you’re talking about stone age conditions.