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January 13, 2015

 

The book isn't even out yet, and already my London Hammersmith photos of Gary Numan and Gang of Four have been published!  Posted today on the front page of the Obskure Magazine site with one of my pictures from the article, Myra provides the first major review of the London show to appear in print since the NAGNFC Review!  It is a privilege to have my Hammersmith photos included in such a great review of the London show!  Myra said the magazine loved my pics and she promised to fully translate her review for those of us in the USA and the UK!  Thanks Myra!  (Hat Tip: Marc P. in France)

 

 

Shared by Stefan in Germany!

 

Gary Numan accidentally called the fire department to his home last Wednesday.  It seems Gary is still becoming familiar with his iPad controlled houses.  He called the incident the result of clumsiness.  These days Gary and Gemma are celebrating Gemma's birthday by spending a couple of days away from home at the Madonna Inn and touring Hearst Castle.  The castle is a state historical monument in San Simeon once owned by William Randolph Hearst.  Nearby, Gary said they could see zebras grazing with cows alongside the road.  It's the least Gary could do for Gemma after she suffered a nasty burn as she was making Christmas dinner for the Webb family.

 

 

Happy Birthday Gemma!

Madonna Inn

January 12, 2015

 

 

Madonna Inn

January 12, 2015

 

My friend and prominent Numanoid Karl Heard, also known as Kalkulus, has been creating quite the stir doing non-stop radio and press, even some TV.  It is the 30th Anniversary of the Sinclair C5, a small electric vehicle reminiscent of Gary Numan's ride during the song Down In The Park from the original Teletour in 1980.  Since Karl has always owned one, he wrote a song about it.  This has brought him attention from the British Press, who have been covering everything else he's been doing.  He is making his song Kraftwerking C5 available for free on Reverb Nation until the Sinclair Rockumentary.  Even BBC Radio are covering Karl's jaunt into London past the cities' most famous landmarks, performing the C5 song live at various points along the route.  And yes, appropriate for the occasion, Karl will even be performing a cover of Cars, except the lyrics will be changed to "Here in My C5"!  So good luck to you, Karl!  Sounds like you're going to have a blast!!

 

 

Madonna Inn

January 12, 2015

 

 

From the view of their room

Madonna Inn

January 11, 2015

 

All signs point to the fact that Numan's show at the prestigious London Royal Festival Hall will sell out.  Fans have been talking about the venue and its interesting history.  Gary would be interested to know that it's original heating system was provided by a compressor, driven by an adapted Spitfire WWII plane engine, to draw heat from the water in the River Thames.  (Hat Tip: Keith E.)

 

 

Royal Festival Hall in the background

Scene from the movie The Vicious Circle which include some interior scenes as well

John Mills and Lionel Jeffries

1957

 

Spectrasonics has released the latest version of their virtual synthesizer called Omnisphere.  On their main Omnisphere page, there is a sidebar with quotes from magazines and artists.  At the very top of them all is Gary Numan, who says "Omnisphere - best thing ever".  (Hat Tip: Tim D.)

 

 

Special message from Gary in his backyard for Caroline Stone's 50th birthday last week

 

The presenter of XFM's Big Drive Home radio show, Colin Fitz, has been a presence on the radio for 23 years.  He wrote me to let you know about a Swag article he appeared in.  They asked him what his favorite Top 10 Albums were.  Gary Numan's Dance came in at #9!  (Hat Tip: Colin in Malta)

 

It is the album I always go back to when I want to sit back and enjoy some soothing, analogue electronic sounds, coupled with lyrics about broken relationships and dealing with the strange situations that life periodically throws at us. Far from the poppy appeal and memorable riffs of 'Cars', Numan's most famous song, it features some long, experimental electro-pop-funk hybrids that I find very appealing.

 

 

The mysterious Gamecat235 has been shouting online about Gary Numan and all the songs everyone should hear!  He endeavors to share his knowledgeable enthusiasm for Numan with others who may not be familiar with Gary.  And judging from the comments, he has succeeded brilliantly!  Well done Gamecat235!

 

 

Gemma and Gary Webb

1992

 

The NAGNFC link to order Gary Numan's From Inside 2LP soundtrack at my special distributor discount is now closed.  Thanks to the many around the world who ordered one.  One guy in the UK ordered four!  I think it will go down as one of Gary Numan's rarest and most sought-after albums!  Many thanks to David from Official Distributor MVD for helping me get the LP and the DVD out to the Numanoids of the World for a great price!

 

 

 

 

Australian ad for Helikon-Tex Brand UTP camogrom trousers using Numan's music

(Hat Tip: Peter M. in Australia)

 

Many thanks to the NAGNFC Readers who suggested alternate routes I could take to make the much-awaited book Pictures From a Broken Mind a reality.  I've narrowed your suggestion down to a very short list, and production will begin really soon now.  Even people who do this sort of a thing for a living have offered their services and support!  Your enthusiasm and encouragement is inspiring!  After seeing my pictures, no less than 20 people purchased my exact model camera, including Gemma Numan and tour manager David Dupuis!  Even at the Hammersmith show, Stefan Jungklaus from Germany showed me the new camera he bought after seeing on the NAGNFC what it was capable of!  Especially impressive was official word from Sony thanking me for moving so many of their cameras after a reader thought I deserved some recognition and let them know!  And really impressive so many were inspired to get one of their own.  With 350 dpi pics, a 1" CMOS sensor, built-in wifi, Carl Zeiss lens, a hotshoe and pop-out video screen, the thing wasn't cheap!  I doubt the venues I brought it into would've been okay with it if they knew what it could do.  I told everyone on tour that it was my "James Bond camera", looking so unassuming but capable of DSLR quality.  Look for Pictures From a Broken Mind from 60 of Numan's shows in 2014 at a bookstore and website near you in April 2015!

 

 

Shared by Mark K.

 

Los Angeles rock band Wand announced their new album and tour on Friday.  They told Soundblab one of their biggest influences is Gary Numan.  The new album Golam is due March 17.

 

 

Los Angeles

1983

 

 

January 12, 2015

 

A mere 4 hours to go before the NAGNFC link to order Gary Numan's 'Here Inside' soundtrack on 2-LP gatefold vinyl disappears forever! Official Distributor MVD based their number made on the amount of original NAGNFC preorders, so there likely won't be too many extra, if any.

 

UPDATE: The NAGNFC links to order Gary Numan's 'From Inside' 2LP gatefold vinyl with over 70 minutes of music is now closed. Thanks to the many Numanoids of the World who ordered one of the rarest Official Numan vinyl releases ever!

 

January 9, 2015

 

Great news for those who ordered the gatefold vinyl limited edition Gary Numan soundtrack album From Inside!  MVD, the official distributor, is shipping them to me at your special NAGNFC price on Monday so I can ship them to you worldwide!  I've included links for what will likely be everyone's final chance to order this high-quality Numan release!  These links will disappear Monday morning at 11:00 am EST when I will place all final orders for this very limited Official Numan release.  According to David from MVD:

 

"This will sell out soon, so reordering probably won't be possible. Thanks Jim!"

 

UPDATE: The NAGNFC links to order Gary Numan's 'From Inside' 2LP gatefold vinyl with over 70 minutes of music is now closed. Thanks to the many Numanoids of the World who ordered one of the rarest Official Numan vinyl ever!

 

 

 

North American Customers can order the 2xLP soundtrack here

$22.99 + $5.99 shipping:

 


 

UK Customers can order the 2xLP soundtrack here
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£5.99 shipping:

 

 


 
European customers can order the 2xLP soundtrack here
€17.99 Euro  +  €6.99 shipping:

 

 

 
Australian Customers can order the 2xLP soundtrack here
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Pictures From a Broken Mind

Photography: Tony Webb

Shared by: Keith E.

 

January 5, 2015

 

Artrocker features a fascinating interview with Gary Numan's manager Marc Sellis.  Did you know Marc performed on Later with Jools Holland and David Letterman?  Or that he played to a sold out Hollywood Bowl?  Or that he was in The Duke Spirit who later became Roman Remains?  Read about all that and more!  (Hat Tip: Paul of Cambridge)

 

 

Convergence have sold out of their RFH tickets, but you can still score balcony and rear stall tix at Southbank Centre.

 

Gary's old friend Bill Sharpe has a couple of interesting items listed on eBay.  They are the actual jacket and suit worn on the cover of the Automatic album.  Quite reasonable at £50 and £100 respectively.  You've got a good shot at them.  So far there is only 1 bid on the jacket.  (Hat Tip: Howard P.)

 

 

"With the Pod at Disneyland. Believe it or not, that dubious thing in her hand is the remains of an Olaf the Snowman balloon. GN"

 

A very interesting read over at the Fred Perry's blog Subculture who scored an exclusive interview with Gary Numan.  They speak about his early days, the concepts behind Replicas, the weirdest place Gary ever heard his music, and future projects such as a possible album with an unnamed collaborator and another project involving pet coffin toys he is trying to get off the ground.

 

 

Shared by Simon J.

 

Roger Mason, who performed on Dance and I, Assassin, has done the score for a recently aired Australian drama series called The Code.  And his stuff sounds extremely Numanish!  You can sample all the tracks on iTunes, and luckily there is a soundtrack available for his excellent new music.  (Hat Tip: Denise B. in Australia)

 

 

 

Created for us by Stefan from Germany

 

Stuart Fairhurst asked me to let you know about his new 2 DVD set containing called Reflections of an Electric Life containing tons of hi-def photos.  Disc 1 features 240 pictures from 2006-1013 in slideshow format lasting 1 hour.  Disc 2 are the photos without the slideshow.  The DVDs are a limited edition of 100 and are professionally printed.  £15 includes recorded delivery.  Presently working on a book as I am, Stuart had asked me about any copyright issues, but I told him he was clear for takeoff since the photos were his as a self-employed and independent contractor.  Questions can be asked at his PayPal address: crazier@blueyonder.co.uk.  He sent me some sample photos to share with you:

 

 

 

Access released a patch (a sound program) for the Virus Ti.  It's a simulation of the Vox Humana sound.  It is free for registered users.  They billed it as the string ensemble from Gary Numan's Cars.  (Hat Tip: Joeri P.)

 

 

Judge Rinder has been a huge success in the UK.  He is the UK's answer to Judge Judy.  Rinder talks about some of the cases in Digital Spy, including a case involving three Gary Numan cassettes.  (Hat Tip: Brian H.)

 

 

 

A good case for a Numan Tour in Japan.  Do it Gary!  I'd love to see Japan!

 Techno Bros. cover of Airlane (jump to 3:56)

 

 

The hugely anticipated book Pictures of a Broken Mind will be released by a different publisher.  I've extended every courtesy asked of me, and appeased every request.  But in the end, it wasn't enough.  I've never done anything on this scale before, releasing a book to a worldwide audience who've written incredibly kind comments about my photos and literally demanded the release of this book.  So more transparency throughout the process would have been nice, or more understanding when I say something about the book on the NAGNFC he doesn't like.  I would've been happy to upon request.  I'm not out to create enemies.

 

I really tried to smooth things over.  For the last couple of days, I've referred the many questions I receive about the book to him to appease the complaint I've been getting it wrong.  I previously said numerous times that I would do this in the interest of 'truthiness' without any complaint from him.  But I've now been told the plug has been pulled for a week, and he has moved on to another project, until I can atone for my sins and beg him to continue.  If it was an issue for me to refer questions, a rational person more interested in the project would have asked me not to, after any one of the four times I said I would.  So despite my best attempts, and continued subservience to his demands, my former publisher has sabotaged the project and deleted the book from his computer, even though I said:

 

I'll continue to put things in your hands with reservation and trepidation borne from operating like this, counter to any method I've ever applied as a means to an end.

 

He had this grand vision to make this artsy-fartsy book for art galleries.  I just wanted to create a fun book in the silly spirit that has carried the NAGNFC for over 25 years.  But in the end, not even the quality of the photos seemed to matter to my publisher.  Raw photos can sometimes look pale, even greyish.  I wanted to go through the photos to improve them before they went to print.  It's really the difference between looking like you're in the room with Gary, or looking washed out.  Despite a promise that I could improve the photos in the book before they went to print, I later received a stunning profanity-laced message complaining how he missed Christmas to find the few good photos in my collection to use in the book, and that I "just go on and on how I can alter brightness and contrast" in a photo, and how no other publisher is capable of the professional service to go through all those photos.  Well, I did, every time I update the NAGNFC from the tour road, I scan through hundreds of pictures to pick the best to include on NAGNFC updates, leaving some of the best ones a secret for the upcoming book.

 

And I never went on and on about my ability to alter brightness and contrast.  I was merely asking for his promise to be fulfilled that I could do this.  But he would rather the pictures stayed grey and pale, and break that promise.  Other things he said that I did, but didn't, include:

 

** Mention that I was paying him for his services.  I never once said that and challenged him to point out where I said this.  In fact, I told him from Day One that I wanted the book to be of such high quality, that we'd make no profit.  He rallied against that idea, insisting to be remunerated for his services.  I guess it's only okay if he says it.  Although I never did, and have received no apology for the false accusation. So out of his admitted anger over my perceived slight:

 

** He intentionally deleted the 60 tour notes of nearly 7000 words I literally stayed up all night writing.  Though I said I would have the tour notes to him by the weekend, he asked me each and every day.  To let him know I didn't forget about it, I said I had to mail more "From Inside" DVDs and work on the late NAGNFC January update, but that I am a man of my word, and would have them to him that evening, well before I said I would.  He then accused me of implying I was only doing it as a favor to him.  Uhhh... What?  I replied that, since this was the only input he was allowing me to have in a book with my name on it, I was quite looking forward to writing the tour notes (albeit carefully with his requested one space after a period instead of the two spaces that I'm used to) which he ultimately instantly deleted.

 

That's right, I was allowed no input on a book with my name on it.  I didn't ask for much at all really.  I suggested a few pictures but they were refused for being too blurry.  Umm, the back cover he ultimately chose is so blurry you can't see Numan's face.

 

I'm reminded of IRS Records when Gary received no respect.  Despite Numan's impressive accomplishments, IRS forced Gary to do compromise his integrity as an artist and do a cover of someone else's song.  Because IRS knew best, before going out of business and not sending the Numan T-shirts people ordered from them in 1990 (The NAGNFC sent T-shirts to affected customers), they wanted Gary to cover the 1946 classic country song Sixteen Tons by Merle Travis, and later covered by Tennessee Ernie Ford in the 1950s

 

Some people say a man is made outta mud
A poor man's made outta muscle and blood
Muscle and blood and skin and bones
A mind that's a-weak and a back that's strong

You load sixteen tons, what do you get
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go
I owe my soul to the company store

I was born one mornin' when the sun didn't shine
I picked up my shovel and I walked to the mine
I loaded sixteen tons of number nine coal
And the straw boss said "Well, a-bless my soul"

You load sixteen tons, what do you get
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go
I owe my soul to the company store

I was born one mornin', it was drizzlin' rain
Fightin' and trouble are my middle name
I was raised in the canebrake by an ol' mama lion
Cain't no-a high-toned woman make me walk the line

You load sixteen tons, what do you get
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go
I owe my soul to the company store

If you see me comin', better step aside
A lotta men didn't, a lotta men died
One fist of iron, the other of steel
If the right one don't a-get you
Then the left one will

You load sixteen tons, what do you get
Another day older and deeper in debt
Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go
I owe my soul to the company store

 

How fitting it was that IRS wanted Gary to sing a song about owing his soul to the company store, isn't it?  And thankfully Gary negotiated until they agreed Numan would cover a Prince song instead.  Still unheard of.  Paul Green of Dash Productions ran a Numan audio Fanzine then called Noise Noise.  When the NAGNFC announced Gary would be doing a Prince cover, he called me to say he would put his entire reputation on the line and say Gary would never do a Prince cover.  He ended up doing two!  Gary Numan made that mistake by losing himself in the choices of others, and regretted it ever since.  Sure, the IRS album had his name on the cover, but the songs and mixes were hardly all his ideas, but in part the result of a forced hand by Miles Copeland who thought he knew better.  And since Gary stopped listening to everyone else and went his own way, he seems to have done very well for himself.  That is a powerful lesson for us all.  By the way, Rolling Stone magazine told their readers on Wednesday that Prince had Gary Numan on his turntable as he was creating his best-loved album Purple Rain.

 

Though I was well within the deadline for the tour notes, I was reprimanded for spending too much time sending them, instead concentrating on sending him the lower quality 2013 pictures which he said he never wanted, although I quoted to him his exact words asking for some of them.  Just a no-win situation for me.  They would have been peppered with his own input anyway.  The publisher added to a former draft of the tour notes about the time Gary's manager Marc Sallis was in Jane's Addiction, which he most definitely wasn't.  Sigh.

 

The publisher kept reminding me that, despite what the majority of you clearly think, I am not a good photographer.  To that I could only reply to him:

 

Many say that even with the same model, they can't seem to replicate the passion they see in my photos.  A cursory scan of my photos from the tour on Facebook from Australia and England will reveal those comments and more.  People make copies of my photos and bring them to the gigs to have signed.  I've received more recognition for my photos than anyone I personally know.  I'll never be Amsel Adams, but I'm content in the joy I seem to have brought to my fellow Numan fans through my photos. They will never be mistaken for technically brilliant or World Class, but neither am I.  My pictures are me, and are who I am.  And I couldn't change that if I tried, and judging from the buzz my photos received in 2014, with even my detractors putting my photos in the upper echelon of Numan pics, I am content with the reputation I do have with my photos.

 

I'm not sure the publisher appreciates the nuances of digital photography as he has worked primarily in older film prints.  Everyone knows that out of 100, you're going to get perhaps 10 good ones.  Ed Fielding and I had many discussions at Numan's shows about how hard Gary is to photograph, with the smoke, the insane backlighting, and the fact Gary never ever stands still, holding his hands to his face most of the time.  To wit, poor Ed could only manage a 26-page book of excellent photos, while my publisher managed 270.  So, for my publisher to be crippled with shock at the fact many of my photos were indeed unusable crippled me with shock.  It has been a hot topic in the past among my friends on Facebook and The Joy Circuit who regularly take pictures at Numan's shows, many with proper cameras.

 

The publisher has gone on about how much money he is saving me, but at what cost?  I would rather pay much extra rather than to deal with that impressive quality of arrogance, even toward you loyal and kindred NAGNFC Readers, who were up in arms over an arrogant reply to them when they were eager and kind enough to make design suggestions.  Even if your design suggestions are ignored, the arrogant reply was unnecessary, and I regret forwarding that message to my readers.

 

I would rather pay much extra than be falsely accused with words I didn't say or intentionally imply, at the same time I felt I was bending over backwards to keep the project running smoothly.  Profanity-laced false accusations are unprofessional by any standard. 

 

He also made clear that I wasn't allowed to talk about a book tour, despite the fact many said they would travel hundreds of miles to attend one in London or Los Angeles.  They'd need time to prepare for the journey.  There has even been a push for a date on the US East Coast.  Even though he made clear he wouldn't pay for any aspect of my book tour, and all the special guests and DJs would be all my cost, he said that he would have the final say about info for any such book tour he is not funding.  I never expected or asked anyone else to pay for the book tour, so telling me how to party with my own money is clearly unacceptable by any standard.

 

In summary: Because the publisher didn't like the way this layman was talking about the book (with very little previous guidance from him) is the reason I referred all the questions to him. He didn't like that I did that either.  Having had four chances to tell me not to, he has now "lost interest" in the project.  Impossible.  Nearly every day until yesterday, I thanked him for his tireless work and devotion to the project.  But even that wasn't enough to sufficiently stroke his impressive ego, mysterious it is as he said he last two books didn't sell well.  He built up the book to such a degree, I told him I was on board yesterday to see it though despite his ominous email to me entitled "Ground Rules".  I've told him to tally what he feels he is owed for his work thus-far and will happily pay it to divorce him from the project.  Not that there was ever a signed contract.

 

So what now?  Now we go back to my original plan of making a fun book in proven NAGNFC-style, whose quality is so high, I will make no profit.  Hopefully with more professionalism and less unnecessary drama, arrogant rigidness toward art which is inherently subjective, and silly false accusations this time!

 

In over 25 years of the NAGNFC, I've never seen more enthusiasm for anything I've been involved with than the upcoming 'Pictures From a Broken Mind'.  Your suggestions, interested questions and overall passion for the book has been nothing short of impressive.  It will be a privilege to create a photo book you will enjoy, one worthy of Gary Numan and his fans.

 

 

With Allie C.

Melbourne

May 30, 2014

 

 

Hello to the Numanoids of the World!  Jim "The Machman" Napier here on the Webb wishing each of you a warm wish for a Happy New Year full of memories you'll treasure and success in all you endeavor.  The coming New Year of 2015 appears to be an interesting one for Numan's fans.  We're looking forward to a show in March, a new photo book will be released, and even some new music will be written.  Read on...

 

 

Persia Webb

singer on Here Inside soundtrack

December 25, 2014

 

With more than two months to go, Gary Numan's show at the Royal Festival Hall is selling out quickly.  At nearly half the size of the London Hammersmith, the front stalls, choir and the platform tickets have already sold out.  Tickets remain only in the rear stalls and the balcony.  By the time you read this, the three tickets left in the boxes along the side wall will likely be gone as well.  As was the case at Hammersmith, about half a dozen touts will likely be plying their trade outside the Numan show to ensure that you pay even more for your ticket, so now is the time to get yours! 

 

 

The show is selling so quickly, touts are already doing their worst

 

Ju has arranged a preshow meet up at the nearby Wellington Hotel at 81-83 Wellington Road, London SE18UD (telephone 0207 9286083).  Luckily, it's a seated gig, so no one really has to queue outside in the cold.  Join us at the preshow party at the Wellington, then show up at the venue before the performance starts at 8:00 pm.  Easy breezy!

 

 

Scored a Front Stalls ticket!!

Shared by Paul H.

 

Just a couple of months to go before the anticipated photo book 'Pictures From a Broken Mind' is unleashed to the world!  This ambitious book was once 160 pages, but there are so many winning photos, we couldn't choose between them.  The hardcover book has since has ballooned to an incredible 270 pages.  'Pictures From a Broken Mind' will feature up close-and-personal pictures of Gary Numan from shows large and small from this year's Worldwide Splinter Tour, Gary's largest in 34 years.  Like Gary Numan's own releases, the book will be manufactured in both the US and the UK, and by the finest printers in both countries.   I've taken care to work with the publisher and designer and spare no expense in every creation stage of this book to make the entire project deserving of Gary Numan and his fans.

 

 

Readers have been asking me how they can preorder 'Pictures From a Broken Mind', and how they can score autographed copies.  The book will go on preorder on Amazon and on the NAGNFC in February for a release on March 8, Gary Numan's birthday.  The book will also be available in finer bookstores around the world.  If not, you can order it through them as well.  So far it appears as if I'll be able to offer the cheapest price here on the NAGNFC.  Plus if you order it here, I will be able to autograph it for you upon request, at no extra charge of course.  Just let me know who to autograph it to!  Ed Fielding's excellent Gary Numan photo book 'Icon Through a Lens' was 26 pages and sold for £49.00 ($73.00 US).  Despite being a monstrous 270 pages (with each page double the size), we're aiming to keep 'Pictures From a Broken Mind' around the same price point.

 

 

Shared by Karen

 

After we submit our finished 'Pictures From a Broken Mind' book to the printers, it takes weeks to get a proof copy back, sort of a 'test pressing' in vinyl record terms.  It then takes more weeks to get approval of the test pressing so it can be sent to the shops.  If you are attending the Royal Festival Hall show in London, 'Pictures From a Broken Mind' will be available there as well with special gig-only pricing.

 

 

There will be a book launch party for 'Pictures From a Broken Mind' in London on March 21, the day after the Royal Festival Hall gig.  I'll be there to autograph books and chat with fans about the experience of seeing 60 Gary Numan shows in 2014.  I'm going to make the event special somehow, and have some definite ideas in the "spare no expense" spirit that underscored the creation of the book.  A guest-DJ party?  Special guests?  Since the book will be made in the US as well, there will be another book launch party in Los Angeles in late March with a special guest or guests.  As always, stay tuned to the NAGNFC for the latest details!  For now, the publisher has asked that I keep the back cover and tagline a secret.  But so far, this is near what the cover of the book will look like, albeit with a larger and embossed font to catch the eye.

 

 

Gary's Victorian image on a Victrola

Shared by Gord

   

The old-school Numan look came back into vogue for a time in 1999 and I didn't even know it!  Kjohn Lasoul's blog describes Sophia Kokosalaki's spring/summer 1999 line of clothing entitled "colored leather Gary Numan boilersuits".

 

 

Royal Festival Hall

Shared by Richard B.

 

Archangel (aka Bruno Pronsato) will be releasing his electronic 12" Momentum of the Farce on January 20 on the Foom label (FOOM 001EP).  The track is based on what he calls the mechanical sex appeal of Numan's Metal, which he covers on side A.  (Hat Tip: Paul of Cambridge)

 

My pop-historical spirit animal, so to speak, has always been Gary Numan in this snapshot of studio toil. I still feel that the sleek, mechanical sex appeal of 'Metal' is seductive, so, for the A-side, I decided to take the basics from Numan's track (bass line, synth) and transform them into my darker, drone driven style... the B-side, 'Momentum of the Farce,' strikes a different chord... While making it, I imagined myself playing live to 20 people -- the 20 people who appreciate a sunrise at the party but simultaneously enjoy the thought of going home."

 

 

In what may be the world's first Gary Numan tribute, it has been discovered that Foxy's 1979 single Party Boys features a riff from Numan's M.E.  Reaching #24 in Billboard's US Dance Chart, Party Boys is surprisingly electronic for being that vintage, and their song actually holds up well, I thought!  Check it out, the Numan riff starts at 1:23:

 

 

Incidentally, Party Boys was then covered in turn by Enrico Monizza:

 

 

 

Numan's I Am Dust is included on a new 4-CD compilation in France called Pop-Rock Station by Zegut, Volume 3.  Dust off your language translators and read more about the compilation here!  (Hat Tip: Paul of Cambridge)

 

 

 

This clip from Top of the Pops in 1979 was played nationwide in the UK

December 24, 2013

 

Thanks to everyone who made this first issue of 2015 so awesome!  Your belief in the NAGNFC cause is humbling.  You are all superstars!  Looking forward to what will be one of the very few gigs this year.  Let's make it count!

 

'Til next time!

 

                           Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

December Breaking News

 

December 12, 2014

 

Gary and Gemma were excited to be able to sit in with the cast of The Simpsons as they read through a new episode script yesterday morning.  Gary called the experience "absolutely brilliant".  Ah, life in L.A.!  Since The Simpsons have often featured guest voices in their episodes, rumors swirl about Gary's involvement.  The production operates under an element of secrecy however, so nothing has been confirmed.  Stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

Rough draft of what will be Gary's largest book.  This is the title page, the page you see when you turn the first page.  So much to learn, but it's been fun making decisions about the book.  The front of the hardcover book will have embossed lettering when it's done.

 

 

Gary spends time with his friend, RV travel companion and "Gentle Giant", Wilbur the dog after kneecap surgery

Los Angeles home

December 11, 2014

Photography: Gemma

 

 

December 11, 2014

 

Well I have to admit it.  Those who said that Gary couldn't stay away in 2015 seem to have been spot-on!  Gary is scheduled to play London's Royal Festival Hall on Friday, March 20.  The opening band is still to be announced.  The whole evening will take place from 7:30-10:30.  The show is part of a series of events called Convergence which focuses on pioneers who use technology to innovate. Convergence couldn't keep their excitement under wraps, twittering the rally cry for all of Tubeway Army to unite and join them for the show!  This news is so new there is no ticket link on their site yet for Numan's show, but I'll let everyone know when tix become available at the Southbank Centre.  (Hat Tip: Steel and You).

 

In 2015, Convergence returns featuring an array of innovative and inspiring musicians, artists, educators and technologists to continue the conversation over 10 days in March. Events will take place across East London, at venues including Village Underground and St John-at-Hackney Church.

 

 

A gift for Gary and his family

VIP Meet-and-Greet

London Hammersmith Eventim

November 28, 2014 

 

Props to Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance, who just twittered to his 930,000 followers how much he loves Gary Numan's ReplicasYou can't beat PR like that.  At least a few of his fans are now sure to check out Numan's first #1 CD!  (Hat Tip: Steel and You)

 

 

 

Hello to the Numanoids of the World!  Jim "The Machman" Napier here and acclimated back to North America's Eastern Standard Time.  Lots to catch up on here, including the NAGNFC report from a certain show that recently took place in London!  Let's just say Gary Numan has proven that he can still fill his favorite venue.  I have the full day for you here, from the VIP Meet, to the behind-the-scenes drama, to the fan preshows, the show itself, and the aftershow parties, including the Official Hammersmith Aftershow Party upstairs.  On with the NAGNFC report of this historic show:

 

 

London Hammersmith Eventim

November 28, 2014

Photography: Patrick Mortier 

 

Gary Numan played the London Hammersmith Eventim on November 28.  The show nearly didn't happen after Gary came down with a sore throat and lost his voice a day before the show.  Gary did 62 shows this year with no problems, yet the night before the big one being filmed for a DVD, there was a real danger it wouldn't happen.  The uncertainty lasted into the day of the show when a last minute push was made to save the Hammersmith performance.  Gary's doctor injected him in the bum with prescription medication with no guarantees it would work at all.  To everyone's relief, Gary's voice began to return.  Yet the stress of it all made everyone tense.  On the afternoon of the show, backstage at Hammersmith was not a happy place to be.  To save what little there was of Gary's voice, several interviews were cancelled, including the Obskure magazine interview for whom I was going to provide interview and backstage pictures.  Only one interview took place by a video crew.

 

 

 

Kenneth, Luc, Graham, Jim, Paul

London Duke of Cornwall Pub

November 28, 2014

Photography: Patrick Mortier 

 

As all this was going in, excited fans in their blackest finery celebrated Numan's much-heralded return to the London Hammersmith at area preshow parties.  The biggest of them took place at The Swan and at The Duke of Cornwall.  In the front of the venue, fans had been queuing since morning.  As the queue became larger, I met fans from all over the world, Numanoids were there representing Poland, Romania, Belgium, France, Germany, USA, Spain, Portugal, Holland and places around the world.  Many kindly and generously complimented me with kindred comments about how informative this NAGNFC site is.  As I passed out NAGNFC business cards and took pictures with fans from around the world, Gary's tour manager Dave Dupuis appeared to let the VIPs inside for the Meet-and-Greet.  The VIP tickets sold so fast, it not only crashed the server within a half-hour, but inspired the Numan camp to continue to meet demand by making available an unprecedented second round of VIP tickets to the public.  The lucky holders of Wonka's golden VIP tickets were let inside, the first to break through the envied sanctum of London Hammersmith for this special Gary Numan show announced many months before.

 

 

This fan traveled all the way from Romania

London Hammersmith Eventim

November 28, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier 

 

The VIPs were the first to view the T-shirts available this evening, many specific to the show tonight and would never again go on sale.  Many of these styles were sold out before the show even began.  Once inside and upstairs in the lounge, Dave greeted everyone.  Everyone already knew about Gary's voice, and Dave gently reminded everyone to try and keep Gary from having to speak too much.  We felt bad for Gary and would promise to keep our conversations with him short.

 

 

VIP Meet-and-Greet

London Hammersmith Eventim

November 28, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

 

VIP Meet-and-Greet

London Hammersmith Eventim

November 28, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

As fans waited briefly for Gary, I experienced firsthand the short tempers by Gary's management and most everyone involved backstage.  With the set-up, the DVD crew, the uncertainty, the cancelled interviews and other issues, the conditions were described as nightmarish.  Even Gary said later it was the most stressful day of his life.  Dave told me he was excited for Gary's show this evening, but that he was most looking forward to being home and away from travel, at least for a little while.  Gary had already said the same thing, that he'd been on the road for so long, he never even really felt acclimated to his new home in California.  Gary loves touring but is also looking forward to the time at home in 2015.

 

 

VIP Meet-and-Greet 

London Hammersmith Eventim

November 28, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

But all that said, the comraderie and excitement among the 32 VIPers grew with every moment.  Before long, Gary appeared over at the far door to greet fans one by one to help save his voice, instead of the free-for-all casual gathering some of the VIP Meets had been.  This was also to help regulate the time everyone had with Numan since there had never been this many VIPs at a Numan show before.

 

 

Jim "The Machman" Napier, Luc D. from Belgium (my friend and able driver who put me up on Gary's 2014 Euro Tour and for this show), Gary Numan, Paul (whose news-gathering for the NAGNFC knows no bounds and who put me up in the UK, Stefan "Numanhuman" Jungklaus from Germany (whom I put up in the USA and who does the excellent NAGNFC logos), and Kenneth a mutual friend from Belgium.

VIP Meet-and-Greet 

London Hammersmith Eventim

November 28, 2014

Photography: Dave Dupuis

 

Gary put on a brave face for the fans, greeting them and laughing with them, as everyone made the most of the situation.  He sounded rough, and to me (and others I spoke with at the performance), his face looked both worried and sad in equal measure.  Worried about how the show would sound for the fans and for the DVD being filmed, and sad for the many Gary knew traveled from all over the UK, Europe and the World to be here to see him this evening, that they would see him like this, and not at his finest, still recovering with everyone backstage from the collective sigh of relief the show was still on.

 

 

 

Last picture with Gary in 2014 

VIP Meet-and-Greet 

London Hammersmith Eventim

November 28, 2014

Photography: Dave Dupuis

 

As happened countless times this year on tour, Gary referred to me to answer a question asked of him by a VIP, such as the last time he'd played London Hammersmith.  I scored some great pictures of the Meet-and-Greet upstairs, where the Official and exclusive Numan Aftershow Party would take place after the show.

 

 

London Hammersmith Eventim soundcheck

November 28, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

 

London Hammersmith Eventim soundcheck

November 28, 2014

Photography: Paul

 

We then strolled downstairs to see the soundcheck where I gave the world its first look at the stage set on Facebook.  The soundcheck was unique for a number of reasons.  The main one is that Gary didn't sing any of the songs in order to save his voice.  Instead, Steve Harris was asked to say a few words into the microphone.  Another interesting thing about the soundcheck is you could really make out the analogue Oberheim synthesizer, way more than in the actual show itself I thought.  It was in the soundcheck where I learned they would be playing Me! I Disconnect From You and We Are Glass.

 

 

 

The Queue

London Hammersmith Eventim

November 28, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

After the soundcheck, most of us rejoined our respective preshow parties, which were really jumping now.  People had jammed the area pubs so full, there was not a seat to be had.  I sat on the floor at one point since I knew we'd all be standing for the next few hours!  Back at Hammersmith the queue was impressive.  There were cameras there interviewing the people waiting outside.

 

 

London Hammersmith Eventim

November 28, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

There were those with guest list access for friends and media from around Europe, most whose interviews had to be denied to help save Numan's voice.  These people were let in last after the ticket office received the physical guest list.

 

 

Waiting for the guest list tickets with Myra from France

London Hammersmith Eventim

November 28, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

While those seated in the balcony received a great view in relative comfort, those of us standing downstairs can attest that we were absolutely jammed in like sardines.  Let's just say we got to know our neighbors really well!  But the atmosphere was very party-like.  People had been waiting for this moment for months, and finally our waiting was over.

 

 

The Merch!

London Hammersmith Eventim

November 28, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

This was Gary's best-attended show in the UK since Wembley.  Yes, Gary had sold out the Hammersmith before, but that was pre-2003 when renovations made it possible to remove the stalls seats.  Taking them out effectively doubled the capacity downstairs. 

 

 

 

London Hammersmith Eventim

November 28, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

London Hammersmith Eventim

November 28, 2014

Photography: Ian "Numanfan" W.

Reworked by Stefan Jungklaus 

 

Gang of Four began the party.  They played Anthrax as an homage to Numan, who himself covered the song in 2009 with Trent Reznor during a NIN show.  I recognized their last song Damaged Goods, which was often played on local college radio when I was growing up.  I got the chance to speak with the fun drummer at the Aftershow Party upstairs.  As shoppers in the UK used the country's very first Black Friday to climb over each other to save 10 quid on a microwave, Gang of Four were smashing one on stage right before us.

 

 

London Hammersmith Eventim

November 28, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

 

London Hammersmith Eventim

November 28, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

The Hammersmith show was truly epic. I'd only ever seen Numan under a massive light show in videos. I'd never been to Hammersmith. I saw people tear up with joy. I'd never heard a thundering response at a Gary Numan show from several thousand people before. The live analogue synths with their occasional sweetly played wrong note to remind you it was live. I only knew this side of Gary Numan from 2D grainy video from when I was small. Videos I'd watched countless times....

 

 

London Hammersmith Eventim

November 28, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

 

London Hammersmith Eventim

November 28, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Gary said later this was the best show he'd ever done.  He proved to himself, much to the shame of vocal detractors, that he could still fill a major London venue like he did many decades before.  People still cared about Gary Numan in 2014.  My Shadow In Vain was to be played, but being a vocally-strong song, was nixed from the playlist.

 

Resurrection

    Me! I Disconnect From You Play Video (First performance since 2008)
    I Am Dust
    We Are So Fragile (First performance since 2009)
    The Fall
  1. Encore

 

After the show, fans came up to me to get a picture or to say hello.  I wish I could've spent more time with everyone, but there were a lot of Numan's fans who wanted to shake hands or pay a compliment for the site and the full coverage reporting I've done for Numanoids from the Worldwide Splinter Tour.  The original plan was to grab a hotel then to get to the aftershow party at the London Stone, but so many kind fans took the time to say hello, that I spent the next hour happily speaking with some very friendly people.  It took some effort to get to Luc's car to grab my luggage!  It was the awesome Luc who put me up in Belgium and who kindly drove us through the Chunnel, and was looking forward to making time back to Europe.  He said he'd already missed his 1:30 Chunnel train.

 

 

London Hammersmith Eventim

November 28, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

 

London Hammersmith Eventim

November 28, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

By the time the fans were done with me, there was still about 30 minutes of the Official Numan Aftertour Party left.  I showed my pass and walked back indoors, leaving my luggage with the awesome Miles and Baz at the Merch desk, still boxing up what was left, and ran upstairs to catch what was left of the Splinter Aftertour Party.  There were nearly 100 people there with an open bar.  In the middle of the din was Mr. Gary Numan just standing as people casually walked up to say hello and congratulate him on a very special performance for thousands of screaming fans.  Famous people at the gig included John Webb, Rrussell Bell, members of OMD, Saffron, and members of The Fixx.

 

 

London Hammersmith Eventim

November 28, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

London Hammersmith Eventim

November 28, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

London Hammersmith Eventim

November 28, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

 

London Hammersmith Eventim

November 28, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

The first people I saw and spoke with were the Webb girls who recognized me.  Gemma said Raven always spoke about the guy in the hat.  Gary brought them out at the very end of the show to the thundering crowd.  I told Raven they looked great up on stage, and she thanked me.  I saw Myra there from France, I saw some familiar friends of Gary and Gemma's, and the drummer of the Gang of Four who commented that I looked like a very happy person.  Who wouldn't be after getting that kind of reaction from a crowd of people who wanted to say hello and shake hands?  The drummer scored a picture of Gary and I.  I told Gary he sounded just fine.  I honestly thought he sounded good, despite how he sounded at the VIP Meet.  He seemed surprised, saying 'REALLY'?  We shared a few laughs, then I scored some pictures of Gary with Myra, who will probably include them for her upcoming review of the show for France's Obskure Magazine.  I spoke with some of the band.  Even the other Tim (the one who played guitar in Australia in May), was there.  I caught up with him and others, not knowing if I would even see them again after what Gary said recently about finding new people to help him find his new sound.

 

 

London Hammersmith Eventim

November 28, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

I'm editing photos now for Myra's review of the Hammersmith show for Obskure Magazine.  Standing next to her at the show, I saw she was really moved by the show, wiping away tears by the end.  So safe to say her review will be glowing.  The words will also be surrounded by about 18 pictures, 9 from me and 9 from my friend Louise Barnes who runs Facebook's 'The Joy Circuit' fan group and whom I shared June and July's UK Tour with.

 

 

Raven, Persia and Echo with Gary 

London Hammersmith Eventim

November 28, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

The original plan was to create a photo book to give to Gary after the tour.  The book would be a simple Shutterfly creation of the best photos I took on the Splinter Tour this year.  Fans around the world had been copying my photos to glossy photo paper and bringing them to the VIP Meets for Gary to sign.  Gary seemed really impressed with my photos, so that sparked the whole idea for the book to gift to him for Christmas.  When I announced my intention to do this, several people contacted me over email and social media to say they would be interested in getting a copy of the book as well.  While this wasn't the plan, the response from my readers has been so overwhelming (the idea just received nearly 200 likes on Facebook last week), that I have indeed decided to release a proper photo book for the Numanoids of the World.

 

 

Gary with the drummer of Gang of Four

London Hammersmith Eventim Aftershow Party

November 28, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

I am beyond excited and very proud to announce the release of a brand-new photo book called Splinter World Tour (Pictures of a Broken Mind).  Taken on 60 shows of this year's tour, it will be the largest Gary Numan book of any kind ever created.  So far it looks to be an ambitious hardcover book of 160 glossy pages chronicling the most outstanding pictures I was able to capture and preserve for past, present and future generations of Numan's fans.  It will be published by Buffalo Books in Cambridge, England, the hardback division of Bear Claw Publishing.  They published Tim Dry's book Falling Upwards last year (and the popular book Six English Filmmakers), and were so happy with the quality of my pictures, I was green-lighted for such a large book.  The designer and I are still working out the look of the book, but I told the publisher that I am willing to sacrifice any profit at all for the sake of the quality Gary Numan deserves for a project like this.  I want the best quality paper, the best colors and the finest production possible at every creation stage of this book.  They will be in touch soon to run some design ideas by me. We're shooting for a March 2015 release date.

 

 

London Hammersmith Eventim Aftershow Party

November 28, 2014

Photography: drummer of Gang of Four

 

Bad news for those who had ordered the 2xLP vinyl gatefold Numan soundtrack.  I was hoping very much to have them out to you before the original release date like I did when I shipped the DVD worldwide to you.  Those who ordered from me will still get them by the release date.  However, David from Official Distributor MVD, who was awesome in helping me get the DVDs out to you so quickly, contacted me today to say the release date, even on Amazon, has been pushed back to January 13.  I'm pretty heartbroken about this, as I and many others were looking forward to a copy of this to give as Christmas presents.  David told me the test pressings for the album are all set to go to the manufacturing stage.  However, with the unprecedented resurgence of vinyl now, the pressing plants are simply backed-up right now.  David said:

 

  IMO some labels don't realize just how backed up plants are these days. It's not the standard 3 months turnaround time anymore. I love that vinyl is huge again, but the plants can't keep up with the orders. Again, apologies.

 

If you don't want to wait the extra month and would prefer a refund, I completely understand.  Just let me know so I can refund you in full.  But those who would rather wait until next month will be rewarded with a truly rare and very cool Numan collectible!  NAGNFC Customers will still have their orders shipped before the release date of January 13.

 

 

 

Myra, Big G, Raven, Gary, Persia

London Hammersmith Eventim Aftershow Party

November 28, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

The Southern Daily Echo spoke with upcoming band Southampton 4-piece SomaHigh, who recently played Bestival.  When asked where their sound stems from, the first name drummer Ryan Smith came up with was Gary Numan.  (Hat Tip: Paul of Cambridge)

 

 

Big G, Myra, Gary, the management team

London Hammersmith Eventim Aftershow Party

November 28, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Konbini posted a cool interview with Numan yesterday.  They ask him some interesting questions like, "Does not having a label make you more creative", and "Would you consider being in the new Blade Runner sequel" and "Where is Gary Numan going to be in 25 years".  Gary even reveals what his books are going to be about:  (Hat Tip: Paul of Cambridge)

 

Everyone rides around on carts or horses with sword and we can’t remember a world like the one that exists today. Every once in a while the people in the book discover an old artifact from our time…

 

 

At a fan aftershow party in the lobby of my hotel

London Holiday Inn Hammersmith 

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

November 28, 2014

 

Interesting article appeared in Monday's edition of Exeter's independent student newspaper Exepose.  They say fans appeared at the show because of Splinter, not Cars.  They called Numan the "Father of Electronica" and generally spoke very well of Our Friend Electric!  Check out the entire issue in PDF format here.  (Hat Tip: Steel and You)

 

 

Echo Webb and whom Gemma playfully calls her "adopted father", Roger O'Donnell.  Roger has worked with The Cure, Psychedelic Furs, Thompson Twins and Berlin.  A future collaboration with Numan in the works?  Stay tuned to the NAGNFC!

December 10, 2014 

 

A few tense hours as their famous dog Wilbur had to undergo major surgery on his leg.  The surgery took place in their driveway in the vet's RV.  Thankfully all went well and Wilbur is in recovery at home today.   

 

 

Gemma calls Wilbur her 'Gentle Giant' 

December 9, 2014 

 

 

 

Recovering from surgery 

December 10, 2014 

 

My good friend Joey Lindstrom, who drove me around the Canadian Tour this year and who hosts this site on his webserver in Calgary, has created this Numanish holiday goodie to share with you entitled The Twelve Days of Numan!  Take it away Joey!!....

 

In collaboration with Richard Stott and Laurie Sandeman, I give you...
The Twelve Days Of Numan 
On the twelfth day of Christmas, Mr. Numan gave to me....
12 Engineers
11 Living Ornaments
10 Absolutions
9 Dreams of Wires
8 Resurrections
7 Shadows Falling
6 Dead Suns Rising 
5 Joy Circuits
4 'Friends' Electric
3 Splinters
2 Prison Moons
and an Airlane.... instrumentalllllyyyyyy



Design by Miles Kendrick

 

Monsters and Critics spoke about 5-piece Australian post-punks Total Control, and how their debut album left fans wanting more.  They also spoke about the two founding members, and how they bonded over their passion for Gary Numan.  Their new album Typical System was released in June.

 

 

 

Thanks to everyone who made this month's issue awesome!  What an incredible year it has been.  What a pleasure it was to meet each of you who took the time to say hello to me in London.  Props to my friend Luc and Maika in Belgium for putting me up, showing me around, sharing my overseas Thanksgiving dinner and taking me though the Chunnel for the first time!  Watching 'From Inside' in the car underneath the channel was a treat!  Also thanks to Paul of Cambridge for your splendid hospitality during my time there.  The bike riding through the back streets, the theater productions and listening to singers at Kings College were adventures I won't soon forget!  Have a great Christmas everyone, or whatever you celebrate, and Best Wishes to all readers of the NAGNFC for the coolest 2015 you could dare wish for.  As far as Gary Numan and his fans are concerned, 2014 is going to be hard to top!

 

'Til next time!

 

                           Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Rebecca B. and Jim "The Machman" Napier

London preshow party

November 28, 2014 

 

 

 

Stefan "Numanhuman" Jungklaus and Jim "The Machman" Napier

Berlin Imperial Club

February 18, 2014 

 

 

 

Jim "The Machman" Napier and Tim Prentice

Atlanta Masquerade

October 25, 2013

 

 

 

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    Manchester Ritz

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    Detroit Majestic Theatre

    July 31, 2006 

     

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    The "Big G", Jim "The Machman" Napier, Gary Numan, Mark Darmofal

    The Spa, New York City

    April 18, 2001


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    NAGNFC US SUMMER TOUR RIVETING CHAPTERS

    August/September 2013

     

    Chapter 1  Sacramento Ace of Spades

    Chapter 2  Eugene WOW Hall

    Chapter 3  Vancouver Fortune Sound Club

    Chapter 4  Seattle Bumbershoot Music Lounge

    Chapter 5  Portland Wonder Ballroom

    Chapter 6  Oakland Metro Opera House

    Chapter 7  Santa Ana Observatory