Exclusive interview: Depeche Mode's Alan Wilder on his amazing collection You'll have a chance to own treasures from Alan's career as keyboardist for synth pop pioneers Depeche Mode when his collection auctions in Manchester, UK...
Alan Wilder is unique among Paul Fraser Collectibles' interviewees. He's the only one whose autograph was once so desired that it sparked a near-riot involving 20,000 people. The resulting chaos was reported all over the world.
It was back in 1989 that the LAPD were called out in full-force, when Alan and his bandmates of the pioneering '80s pop group Depeche Mode appeared in Los Angeles' Wherehouse records to sign copies of their new Violator album.
Violator is one of many pioneering pop records Wilder helped to create during his time as a keyboardist and arranger for Depeche Mode. Since then, the group has racked-up more than 100 million sales with hits including Personal Jesus and Enjoy the Silence. Alan quit Depeche Mode in 1995 to start his own project, Recoil.
The LA riot may have happened 20-odd years ago, but this weekend, on September 3, fans will once again have a chance to get Alan's autograph when he auctions more than 400 lots of his vintage equipment, vinyl and clothing at Manchester's Omega Auctions.
Alan's collection - expected to bring up to £200,000 ($329,600) - could herald a new era of collectibles where the synth pop pioneers of the 1980s increasingly make their mark at the world's top auctions.
We were therefore very excited when Alan kindly took time out to answer our questions. Here, Alan reveals how his mammoth collection was born, his unusual love of dentists' chairs, and why Depeche Mode and The Beatles aren't as different as you might think...
You can read our full interview at: http://www.paulfrasercollectibles.com/News/Exclusive-interview:-Depeche-Mode's-Alan-Wilder-on-his-amazing-collection/8037.page
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