Volume 24    August 2014    Issue 222

 

Serving Numanoids for a Quarter Century 

 

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2003 UK 25th Anniversary Tour in 2 Riveting Chapters

2008 UK Replicas Tour in 10 Riveting Chapters 

2009 Australian Tour in 3 Riveting Chapters

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August 21, 2014

 

MVD Entertainment has told me there are no plans to release the rumored digipack, including both the CD soundtrack and DVD movie "From Inside- Gary Numan Special Edition".  The CD and DVD will only be available separately.  Neither the sales manager or sales representative at MVD have been able to confirm a Bluray release, so it looks like the movie will be available only on (region-free) DVD.  The DVD is now available for preorder exclusively on this NAGNFC site below in the August 16 news update for far cheaper than the suggested retail price listed in the promo press kit (pictured a bit below).

 

 

 

The full clip of ITV Meridian's News featuring Gary Numan and some fans including a certain Machman!

 

The buzz over Gary's visit to Western Canada has begun.  Numan hasn't played Calgary and Edmonton in 34 years, while Gary has never played Winnipeg or Saskatoon before.  News of Numan's shows have just popped up on two of the five venue websites.  Matt Bevis of the Winnipeg venue just received word of Numan's show today (2 days after NAGNFC Readers knew) and has already updated their site with a large picture of Numan that takes up their entire page.  He told Joey his Winnipeg venue holds 750.  Joey Lindstrom of Calgary has been pretty effective in rallying support for Gary's show in Calgary.  He has already confirmed more than 30 of his friends and family will be there, many to see why Joey travels the world!

 

 

Undercover Festival flyer including Sean Burke's band Open Sore (formerly of Tubeway Army)

 

Joey has also been in touch with the Front-of-House Manager Myles of the Calgary Flames Central venue (where Yelp's visitors have raved about the quality of the sound).  The place holds up to 1200-1300 in its two-floor configuration (or 900 in its one-floor config if need be).  Myles has been helpful to Joey's request to get our group inside together, and in a place inside with a good view of the stage.  He invites NAGNFC Readers to join this group:

 

"Myles Scheske, the Front Of House Manager at Flames Central, is thrilled to welcome Gary Numan fans from around the world to this major event.  He will be coordinating with me to ensure that we, as a GROUP, are ushered in together and situated together in an area with a good view.  If you wish to be part of this group, please contact me at joey@garynuman.info so that I can get your name on the list."

 

Here is a list of the preshow gatherings for Numan's Canadian dates (Hat Tip: Joey):

 

Vancouver
Pat's Pub & Brewhouse
403 E Hastings St
(A block or two down the street from venue)

Calgary
Original Joe's
109 8 Ave SW (A couple of doors east of the venue)

Edmonton
Billy Budd's Restaurant & Lounge
9839 63 Ave NW (3 minute walk north of venue)

Saskatoon
Bon Temps Cafe
223 2 Ave S (A few doors north of the venue)

Winnipeg
Joanna's Cafe (in Marlborough Hotel)
331 Smith St (1 block west of the venue)

 

 

Jim "The Machman" Napier and Joey Lindstrom

Solana Beach

March 5, 2014

 

Kari Watson of Fast Forward Weekly told readers about the upcoming Calgary show.   The article tells readers that Gary is more than his well-known hit, and continues to be awesome.

 

 

 

Homage to The Aircrash Bureau called Hold It Down by Black Milk (Hat Tip: Paul of Cambridge)

 

Mark Gemini Thwait who'd recently played on Gary Numan's tour never received the call to join Numan on his Canadian tour, so it looks like Steve Harris will be on guitar for these dates.  (Hat Tip: Joey)

 

 

 

Coolest Vine vid ever

 

Have you ever wondered if Radio 2 or Radio 4 is better?  Do you have an out-of-control dog?  How do you keep your clothes so black after multiple washes?  What is the coolest instrument to learn?  Or who gets the stuff after a breakup?  Gary Numan gives us such Life Advice and more in a video released today by O2 Academy TV below (Hat Tip: Ian B.):

 

 

 

 

August 19, 2014

 

Gary Numan will play a tour of Canada in October and November during the time the band is over this way for the Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas.  Union Events will be handling the Canadian leg of Numan's tour.  All Canadian tickets go on sale Friday, August 22 at 10:00 am MDT.  The dates, as they exist so far, are below:

 

October 29 - Vancouver Rickshaw Theatre - $32 - Show 8:00 pm - 19 and over

October 30 - Calgary Flames Central - $30 - Show 8:00 pm - 18 and over

October 31 - Edmonton Union Hall - $30 - Show 8:00 pm - 18 and over

November 1 - Saskatoon O'Brians Event Centre - $30 - Show 7:00 pm - All ages

November 3 - Winnipeg Garrick Centre - $30 - Show 7:00 pm - All ages

 

 

Spotted at the V Festival

August 17, 2014

Shared by Teresa P.

 

 

August 18, 2014

 

Great news!  I've just received confirmation from MVD that the new DVD From Inside - Gary Numan Special Edition (available for preorder below) - is indeed a region-free DVD, meaning it will play on any region's DVD player around the world.  I contacted Sales Representative David Kresge:

 

"Hello David,

That sounds great!  And thank you for the graphics.  Many of my readers (about half) are in the UK where Gary Numan is from.  After announcing this on my Facebook pages, I've been getting questions asking if the DVD is available in their Region 2 format as well?  Thanks again!

All the best and Numanishly,

Jim "The Machman" Napier

North American Gary Numan Fan Club

NAGNFC

 

Hi Jim, not a problem… all of our exclusives including From Inside are Region 0 so they'll play on any region DVD player.

 

You're welcome! Let me know if you have any questions.

 

David Kresge

Sales Representative

MVD entertainment group
203 Windsor Rd

Pottstown, PA 19464

 

 

Picture shared online by Louise B.

 

The MVD Entertainment Group also asked me how I thought I vinyl edition of Gary Numan's "From Inside" soundtrack would go over?  They have already released vinyl versions from the Superbad and Blue Valentine soundtracks.  If there is enough interest for From Inside as well, they are totally into making a vinyl edition available too. What do you think?

 

 

Shared online by Martin L.

 

Rachel, Sales Manager from MVD also mentioned that they will have a hot scoop for me about another project involving Gary Numan.  I pondered that it must be the La Gargoule soundtrack that I announced Gary was working on, but they couldn't confirm anything yet.  But they will be confirming new Numan news to me soon!

 

 

Graphics and shared online by Mark K.

 

August 16, 2014

 

Major announcement!  I'm proudly excited to announce that the new DVD From Inside - Gary Numan Special Edition is now available for preorder exclusively on the NAGNFC!  The MVD Entertainment Group, who is the official distributor for the movie, has teamed up with the NAGNFC to help readers be the very first to preorder and have their DVDs shipped 2 weeks before the street date of October 21.  The movie will go on preorder to the general public on September 16.  Here is the promotional press kit sent to retailers:

 

 

The suggested retail price on the poster for the DVD is $14.95 plus tax.  But MVD told me I'm free to price these however I wanted.  I don't want to take advantage of my fellow Numan fans (I don't even have a donate link on this site!), so these are available for NAGNFC Readers at the special exclusive tax-free preorder price of $9.95.  I will include with every order one of the NAGNFC Business Cards I will be making available exclusively at Gary's London Hammersmith Show.

 

From Inside - Gary Numan Special Edition is region free so will play on any DVD player.  The DVDs will be shipped to the NAGNFC HQ two weeks before the release date, so will be on its way to your house from a week to a week and a half before the DVD will be available to the general public.

 

North American Customers can order here:

$9.95 + $5.00 shipping

 

 

 

UK Customers can order here:

£7.00 UK + £5.00 shipping

 

 

 

European Customers can order here:

€8 Euro  +  €6 shipping

 

 

Australian Customers can order here:

$11 Aus + $9 shipping

 

 

If you are unable to use PayPal, email me so we can make alternate plans.  Many thanks to MVD for helping me bring you this excellent deal for NAGNFC Readers!

 

 

 

 

Tubeway Army's Sean Burke of his new band Open Sores sent this to share with you

 

 

August 15, 2014

 

The much-awaited soundtrack to the movie From Inside - Gary Numan Special Edition will be out October 7 on Lakeshore Records in the USA.  You can preorder the CD with Gary and Ade's music now.  The track listing is below:

 

 

 

1. The Train
2. Wasteland
3. We Cross A Bridge Over Death
4. On A Red Lake
5. The Empty House
6. Memories Of Fire
7. Doody
8. So Many Bodies
9. Refinery
10. Crows
11. The Killing
12. My Part In This Is Over
13. Almost Inhuman
14. A Moment Of Reflection
15. Nothing Can Stop Us
16. The Cave In
17. A Dream About The Dirty-Faced Girl
18. The Little Fire Engine
19. Heaven And Hell
20. Leviathan
21. The End Of The World
22. Cee, The Light
23. Falling
24. Finding Him
25. The Bandaged Man
26. Into The Eternal Flames

 

 

Illustration and shared by Howard P.

 

The movie From Inside is a 71-minute animated feature by John Bergin, based on his epic graphic novel of the same name about a young pregnant woman lost in a post-apocalyptic world.  Bergin used to be in a band called Trust Obey, which was the first band signed to Trent Reznor's Nothing Records.  i09 called the film "Hauntingly beautiful".  The film was the Official Selection for the LEEDS International Film Festival.  It received an honorable mention from Poland's SOPOT Film Festival.  It's won many awards including Heartland Auteur Award at the Kansas City Film Festival, the Grand Prix Award at the UTOPIALES International Film Festival, Best Animated Feature at SITGES and First Feature at Fantasia.  The DVD will be available for preorder on September 16 for an October 21 release to the general public, but is available for preorder now through the NAGNFC (see above).  The MVD Entertainment Group, who are distributing the film, have been in touch with me to offer you special pricing through the NAGNFC site.  Stay tuned!

 

 

We truly live in an age of miracles!  One of my most oft-asked questions (after 'When is Gary touring next') is where can people get a hold of sheet music for Gary's songs.  Along comes an amazing site called Chordify.  They've already "chordified" Numan's Films.  As the song plays, you automatically see the chords as they flow and change in 4/4 time.  Awesome!  (Hat Tip: Paul of Cambridge)

 

 

Boston Paradise Rock Club

March 24, 2014

 

Ouch!  Pretty rough review of Gary's visit to South Florida in last week's edition of the Miami New Times.  Never mind the fact that Trent has said himself the incarnation of NIN's sound happened because of Numan's influence.  Still, it's almost fun to read a bad review these days, so we can appreciate even more the 99% of good Numan reviews that we're seeing in 2014.  (Hat Tip: Ian B.)

 

 

Thoughts are with Robin Williams' family who suffered their sudden tragic loss this week.  Behind all that talent was a man who suffered with the demons of depression.  As Gary Numan has made well known in many recent interviews, he too suffered through several years of deep depression as well.  Gary's struggle with those same demons are well-documented in his new album.  Thankfully for us all, Gary came through to the other side intact.  As we've learned all too well this week, some aren't as lucky.

 

XFM's EddyTM called his interview with Gary Numan astonishly raw and open.  It includes a track-by-track run through of the new album, which he called a masterpiece, including topics of depression, suicide, misery, drugs, despair and redemption.  EddyTM said the interview is the proudest moment of his broadcast career.  It will be replayed on his show again today.

 

  Gary's old friend Bill Nelson has just been nominated for a Wakefield Star from their City Council.  Bill accepted the nomination from the people of Wakefield, which is their version of Hollywood's Walk of Fame.  You can learn more about the Star Awards here.  (Hat Tip: Alec W.)  Bill said:

 

Earlier this evening I received an email from the department of Wakefield's City Council who are in charge of nominating people for a Wakefield Star Award. (These are very much like the stars that are laid into the pavement in Hollywood to honour an artist's career.)

Well, it seems that hundreds of people have contacted the Wakefield Stars organisation to nominate me and as a result I've been chosen to receive this year's star award which will be laid in the pavement somewhere in Wakefield's City Centre to honour my career as a musician. :shock:


As you know, I don't actively seek out this sort of public attention but, despite my reservations I have decided to accept the honour. ('Cos, you know, my mum would never have forgiven me if I'd declined... :wink: )

Previous recipients of the award are author Stan Barstow, sculptors Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth and conservationist Charles Waterton, so I'm in highly esteemed company.

I suspect that more than a few Dreamsville citizens have contacted Wakefield Council to nominate me for this award and just want to say a big 'THANK YOU' to all of you who may have helped to make this happen. I'm sincerely touched by your kindness. xxx

 

 

It was a long tour

 

 

August 5, 2014

 

Thanks to your help, Gary Numan has topped HTF Magazine's poll for their Indie Video of the Week!  The I Am Dust video has wielded victorious with a staggering 89.4% of the vote.  Take that Lewisburg!  Here's what HTF had to say about the development:

 

This week’s Indie Video Of The Week is Gary Numan’s ‘I Am Dust’. Taking home a whopping 89% of the vote, thanks largely to the amazing tweeting efforts of the Numanoids. 100′s of tweets were sent to drive up support for the video, taken from Numan’s ‘Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind)’ album. The album represents another great album within Numan’s recent purple patch. You can read HTF’s recent interview with Numan here!

 

 

Shared by Barry L.

London 1993

 

The 1000TimesJeff Blog opines on Gary's Replicas, ending his treatise with a bittersweet review of Gary's show at the Solana Beach Belly Up Tavern!

 

 

Gary said: Before I had kids I flew real helicopters. Growing up sucks :) GN

 

Snewsi in Boston called Gary Numan a revolutionary pioneer who informed the styles of artists as varied as Marilyn Manson, Dave Grohl and Trent Reznor.  Who am I to argue?

 

 

 

Shared by van owner Numanoid Jeff! 

 

August 4, 2014

 

Gary's interview with Redbrick Magazine was released today.  Numan speaks with them about the makeup of fans at his shows, what his favorite Numan cover is, the writing process and whether he can retire on past successes.  Check it out on their site, or help yourself to the entire publication here.  Gary's interview is on page 18.

 

 

Listing of every musician that has played with Gary Numan, and how many times.

Interesting to see Cedric Sharpley still holding the #3 spot!

Thanks to Jeff Tolva of the Numan Discography for sharing this with us!

 

August 2, 2014

 

The much awaited film, From Inside, will be released this fall with music by Gary Numan and Ade Fenton.  The movie is done, the movie poster has been unveiled (far below) and the trailer has already been released.  The film's writer/director John Bergin granted Film Music Daily an interview about the movie poster.  (Hat Tip: Paul of Cambridge)

 

 

 

Another superb review for Gary's new video for I Am Dust appeared yesterday over at Something Else Reviews.  They called the video the transformation of Gary Numan from detached nihilism toward something just as dark but far more emotional — at once bathed in cynicism but desperately searching for connection  (Hat Tip: Ian B.):

 

If there is still no small amount of fatalism running just beneath the surface, “I Am Dust” makes it abundantly clear that Numan isn’t ready to give up. On love, maybe. On his career, certainly. He’s never been more vital, more engaging, and maybe more scary. It’s like discovering a statue that’s stood nearby for decades had something profound, something devastatingly candid, to say all along.

 

 

Tim Muddiman with Pop Will Eat Itself perform in Guy Fawkes masks

Stourbridge River Rooms

August 1, 2014

 

August 1, 2014 (continued)

 

Tim Muddiman is playing this evening with his band Pop Will Eat Itself at the Stourbridge River Rooms this evening, and at Camp Bestival tomorrow tonight.  He expressed his disappointment online over the cancellation of Alt-Fest. 

 

 

Tim Muddiman and his band Pop Will Eat Itself set up for tonight's gig

Stourbridge River Rooms

August 1, 2014

 

The organizers of Alt-Fest have made their final and definitive comments about the cancellation of their event, which was to include Gary Numan in two weeks time.  They detail the reasons for the cancellation, and how to get refunds.  Despite their best efforts and noble intentions, bad advice that caused this turn of events is going to bankrupt them:

 

It is with a heavy heart that we must confirm we have had to cancel Alt-Fest. We tried to put on a ground-breaking event for you & the alternative scene, and it... was your support that was helping to make it happen. From our early days on Kickstarter through to all of you who have purchased tickets we thank you. We the organisers of Alt-Fest have done everything we can to save it, but this week we ran out of time to raise all the required funds that was needed upfront of the festival. was your support that was helping to make it happen. From our early days on Kickstarter through to all of you who have purchased tickets we thank you. We the organisers of Alt-Fest have done everything we can to save it, but this week we ran out of time to raise all the required funds that was needed upfront of the festivalwas your support that was helping to make it happen. From our early days on Kickstarter through to all of you who have purchased tickets we thank you. We the organisers of Alt-Fest have done everything we can to save it, but this week we ran out of time to raise all the required funds that was needed upfront of the festival.was your support that was helping to make it happen. From our early days on Kickstarter through to all of you who have purchased tickets we thank you. We the organisers of Alt-Fest have done everything we can to save it, but this week we ran out of time to raise all the required funds that was needed upfront of the festival.

We also wish to apologise for the delay in releasing a formal statement cancelling the festival. We realise this has severely damaged our personal and professional reputations, we can only sincerely apologise for any additional stress and upset this has caused, we were honestly looking to act in your best interests.

We are very sorry to tell you that we have been advised to not reply to any individual comments or emails regarding the festival and instead make a comprehensive statement. It’s not how we like to do things, it feels wrong to walk off and let your questions, thoughts and opinions go unanswered. So we’ll try to answer them all briefly here.

We were doing very well for a first year festival. We sold over 7.5 thousand weekend tickets, and as you were aware we had a great line up with plenty going on. This however meant we had to pay for over half of all the band’s fees, with the remainder due just before & at the festival itself. Securing bands was not the only cost. The festival was going to cost £1,703,000 in total to put on, including artists, riders, travel, accommodation, production: power, staging, sound, lighting, track way, fencing, water, waste, the venue fee, security, medical assistance, traffic management, health & safety, marketing and much more. We ourselves and all of the Alt-Fest team have put in huge amounts of effort and time over the past two years and done everything within our power to make this work.

If we were to sell a minimum of another 1,000 tickets between now and the festival, we’d have suffered a significant loss that we couldn’t carry. This recently came to light based on a costing error explained below & inevitably down to the fact that the investor unfortunately pulled out last minute. We were expecting to sell more tickets based on our line-up, and if we had sold just 3000 tickets more then we would have been over the breakeven line, or if we could have deferred a percentage of our contractor’s payment, which they sadly were not prepared to do.

We thought our logic was sound and this was also backed by other promoters and people we respect in the music industry in general – Marilyn Manson can easily sell out a 5000 capacity venue, as can The Cult, Arch Enemy or Cradle of Filth. Then there’s the rest of the line-up plus the circus, steampunk, traders and art installations. Perhaps the people who would go to see them at a gig wouldn’t go to a 3 day festival, but they could still have bought day tickets and seen some of the 60-odd bands on that day as well as the headliners, and bring their kids along for free too – we are still trying to understand why we haven’t sold more tickets despite the offering & energy that has gone into it.

We’ve also been contending with a costing error made and ultimately poor advice in the early stages by a company who were supposed to help us work out what the festival would cost to put on. Coupled with the fact that in order for us to compete against the larger festivals then we had to put in very strong offers to be listened to by the agents & hence secure the talent. Additionally during the latter planning stages we were forced to move our main arena, through no fault of our own. This caused many extra costs that further increased the budget upfront of the event.

We have held continuous meetings and tried for months to secure investment & had genuine interest to cover this shortfall from individuals, investment firms and equity funding companies. Whilst there was every likelihood of this happening due to the positive feedback we were receiving, it was this week that our last option had run out. This was mainly because they didn’t understand the festival market or the alternative scene. We even tried, as a last resort to save the festival for you all, going to the corporations that dominate the music and festival industry to offer an ownership over the event to ensure it’s facilitated for our customers, but to no avail. We had exhausted all options but please know that we did everything within our power to make this happen.

We even looked at how we could make it to the festival and then recover this year’s loss from next year’s sales to get back on track. Unfortunately, we can’t manage that either because of the way the festival industry and its operators are prone to work. We would have to pay all the contractors before they even come on site to build the festival – they all want the full fee upfront due to the state of the market. We also had the remainder of band deposits to make up before and at the event. We just could not raise all the money needed upfront to continue, nor offset it against any revenue coming after the event – bar, car parking revenue as examples.

We are so, so deeply sorry, it’s awful to think of all the people who bought a ticket in good faith, who booked travel, some from the other side of the world. We massively appreciate the support you have shown, especially all the people who championed and defended us.

We do want you to know though, that it was never a scam or a con. We tried to do something new and different for you and the alternative scene, which was not easy. We have not gone on any exotic holidays or feathered our own nest, in fact exactly the opposite. We did not embezzle the money, or spend it recklessly, we used it to secure some of those great bands we had in the line-up, who required considerable deposits, and other aspects of the event as previously mentioned. We intended to make it an exciting event that would be enjoyed by every single one of you who supported us, so that we could grow even more in future years. Those of you who know us, we work tirelessly to put on excellent events. We never expected it to turn out this way and tried desperately to stop it from happening. However we could have done with better costing advice at the start and stronger ticket sales in this final period to get us through to the event.

We feel we have let the alternative community down, this saddens us immensely & the process we are about to go through is going to bankrupt us, which as I’m sure you can imagine adds huge strain on us as people & as a family.

It is just simply awful and we can only thank those of you who have shown us kindness and endless support, especially now in our most testing hour.

To claim a refund on your tickets, please look carefully at the following list, and at your email confirmation, to ensure you claim a refund from the correct retailer.

Festival Tickets via Amazon = Amazon Local are contacting their customers direct and processing refunds now.
Festival tickets, Dismembership and addons (car parking etc) purchased through our website via clubtickets.com = by email at helpdesk@clubtickets.com
Festival Tickets via Festickets = direct with them festicket.com

Dismembership purchased through our webshop (with glamping/merch in) = contact Paypal to a raise a dispute.
Glamping purchased through our webshop (with merch etc in, NOT the same as the ticket page)= contact Paypal to raise a dispute
Viewing platform = contact Paypal to raise a dispute
Tangerine Fields = direct with them
http://www.tangerinefields.co.uk/
Big Green Coach are contacting all of their customers directly with advice on refunds. Refunds will be issued automatically.
Now that we have had to cancel the festival we need to take steps to place the Company into Liquidation and we want to express our deepest regrets to the artists and to thank all our staff, suppliers and contractors who worked so hard with us.

Our deepest & sincerest apologies go out to you.
Missy and Dom

 

 

 

Hello to the Numanoids of the World!  Jim "The Machman" Napier here and kind of glad I decided against going to the Alt-Fest since the event is hosed.  I never did get my ticket refunded from the cancelled Dresden show, as the Ticketmaster site I purchased it from is in German!  Any of my German readers care to assist me with that (hint hint)?  Anyway, lots going on the world of Gary Numan, so rock and roll!

 

 

Photo: Karl V.

 

The promoters of Alt-Fest have broken their silence after the NAGNFC was one of the first four sources on the internet to declare the festival fully dead two days ago.  Tweets poured in by impressed twitterers:

 

Previous tweet acclaim to , more reliable info from across the pond than here in UK!@thethoughtcrims

 

 Yesterday, Gary Numan removed the reference to his Alt-Fest appearance on his Official Facebook Page and also announced the cancellation:

 

Sad to say Alt-Fest is cancelled & fans should be able to get refunds from points of purchase. That's all we know right now. GN

 

Also yesterday, the word came from official promoters Missy and Dom, apologizing for their silence.  They told everyone to be patient until the weekend when they can finally answer questions.

 

We at Alt-Fest HQ would like to sincerely apologise for our silence over the last 24 hours. Currently we are working all hours to deal with some extremely challenging & stressful issues for Alt-Fest. We will be able to provide an official statement with full information before Monday and answer any questions you may have at that time. We want you to know that we have been doing everything we can to take the right steps for you: our fans, friends & customers - we assure you we only have your best interests at heart.
Missy and Dom

 

 

Shared online by Yvonne C.

 

 

Roman Remains pays homage to their friend Numan in the new video for their song Stacycardia.

 

Gary needs your help!  HTF Magazine is holding a poll for their Video of the Week.  In the running is Numan's new I Am Dust video.  At first the competition was stiff.  Suzerain's video for Dark Dark was leading Gary's video in the poll, but after the scary monstrous Numanoid social media machine revved into gear, there was no stopping us.  Of the four videos, Numan's I Am Dust is now in the lead with a staggering 88% of the vote.  But everyone only gets one vote, so you can help keep the momentum going and help Our Friend Electric today!  After I took to Twitter to say there's nothing Numanoids can't do, I received an official reply from Suzerain to say:

 

hey, we were winning that for a while! :o/

 

After I told them I really did like their video and music as well they replied with kind comments for the video that was winning the contest:

 

cheers! We're also fans of - we played with him a while back. He's slain us with the video, it is damn good tho...

 

 

The Webb clan enjoy dinner last week

 

Time to take the wayback machine to 2012 for this amazing Telegraph article by Georgia Dehn!  She takes us around Gary's UK home just before he moved here as he reveals the different items they come across.  Pictures are included as he shows her treasured baby items the saved from the girls, a large model Numanair plane Gary kept, and even the propeller from Gary's Cessna 210 that crashed in Botley.  (Hat Tip: Paul in Cambridge)

 

Behind The Scenes of Numan x Officers, 'Petals' from InkBlot Films on Vimeo.

 

Holy mackeral!  This guy is asking 9 euros each for his Numan photos from Sonisphere this summer!  If you're still after them, here is the link.  I've received a few offers to purchase my photos, but I've always said that pictures were made to be seen, well the ones I take at least.  But I still get notes all the time that some kind of book should be created of the pictures that I took on the Splinter Tour.  I'm now leaning toward making one available, if only to give to Gary at the Hammersmith show in November, and possibly to make available here as well.  I'd probably call it The 2014 Rust, Photography & Soul, The God Film or The Machman Meets the Machines.  Stay tuned!  (Hat Tip: Ian B.)

 

 

Brisbane Tivoli

May 27, 2014

Photography: John Gullidge

 

Here's an article George Varda, from the UT in San Diego, did with Gary Numan in advance of his show there this year.  Gary revealed that he'd recently fell out with his parents. (Hat Tip: Ian B.)

 

 

Soundsphere Magazine unleashed their video interview with Gary Numan in July from the Preston 53 Degrees venue (below in two parts)!  Gary confirms the news I've reported here about Gary's US Tour in October and reveals the surprising meaning behind My Last Day.  The plan so far is to begin in Seattle and work his way around to Austin.  Gary describes the fact his accountant declared him broke twice in the last 12 months (well before playing more than 40 successful shows this year alone I'm sure!). (Hat Tip: Ian B.)

 

 

 

 

 

Speaking of Preston, here is a review of Gary's Preston show in the Lancashire Evening Post.  A great review by Malcolm Wyatt and his style of writing was a treat to read.  They even treat us to a clip from the performance.  More of Malcolm's interview ended up in the Leyland Guardian.  This private blog echoes the sentiments of Malcolm's but adds some more cool Preston pics from the evening.  (Hat Tip: Ian B.)

 

 

Absolute Music announced the winner of the Numan-signed Mininova synthesizer at the Bournemouth O2 Academy.  Garry Robson, who did backing vocals on the original Conversations song, was there as well as Matt Jessup and his friends to play classic tracks as fans walked inside, and provided entry forms for the synth.  Garry provided the SM9 monitors for the event, and their impressive music was amazing to behold upon entering the venue.  (Hat Tip: Ian B.)

 

 

The winner!

 

 

Matt Jessup gives impromptu lessons

 

 

Garry Robson, Gary Numan, Matt Jessup

Bournemouth O2 Academy

June 30, 2014

 

Gary spoke with the Manchester Union about a range of topics, including his Saturday Night Live appearance, his contribution to new wave and how fame has affected him (Hat Tip: Ian B.):

 

It was pretty overwhelming when it first happened. It was very sudden and I became globally massive almost overnight. It’s a lot to take in and you can only adapt to such huge changes over time. These days I can barely remember what it was like before the success, I’ve been doing this my entire adult life so I don’t know another way. I don’t think it’s affected me that much at all though to be honest. I’m very grounded, very down to earth. I have no diva in me, I’m polite, I don’t expect anyone to run around for me, I treat everyone fairly, I just think of myself as being very lucky; just that, lucky, not special. There are so many pop stars and rock stars and great songwriters and performers, we really are a very disposable thing. So many people can do what we do, we should never think of ourselves as being special because we’ve been lucky enough to sell a few records now and then.

 

 

Original Tubeway Army poster shared online by Gary C. 

 

James Nuttall of the Yorkshire Evening Post scored an exclusive interview with Gary in advance of his Holmfirth show.  Gary is optimistic about the future given the unprecedented way he says he has been able to throw his emotions into his songwriting on the last album. (Hat Tip: Ian B.)

 

 

 

Gary revealed his author of choice to Port Magazine.  Numan has been reading lots of prose by British fantasy author Adrian Tchaikovsky and tells them why.  (Hat Tip: Ian B.) 

 

 

Backstage

Oxford Apollo

September 20, 1985

Shared online by Stephen R. 

 

The Devon Local News reported on the fact that Gary twittered about naked cyclists he saw riding past him there in Exeter!  I remember he told us that he understood that it was all in fun.  But as a Dad, Gary was also concerned for the children who'd also witnessed the spectacle.  (Hat Tip: Ian B.)

 

 

Gary Numan and James Freud in the studio producing their collaborative album

Australia 1980

Shared online by Karen L. 

 

The headline read Electric Pioneer Brings Festival Set To Intimate Stage in the Western Morning News in Exeter.  They included kind words to get everyone juiced up for the show there (Hat Tip: Ian B.):

 

There’s a dark, theatrical and grandiose underbelly to this 22nd LP, underlined by the dusty steampunk look Gary adopts for the accompanying imagery, but the man can still pen a catchy melody and does a glorious line in thundering riffs and soaring chorus lines.



1982
Shared online by David

 

A very cool, informed and honest review of Gary's visit to the Cambridge Junction by Teresa Elfein appeared in Slate the Disco.  Teresa also gave Roman Remains the best review of theirs I'd ever seen.  (Hat Tip: Ian B.)

 

 

Shared online by Tonia F. 

 

Gary's pal and admirer John Foxx received an honorary doctorate from Edge Hill University.  The Lancashire Evening Post was all over it!  (Hat Tip: Alec W.)

 

 

Gary calms his nerves in the moments before his first major show 

Glasgow Apollo

September 20, 1979 

 

A fascinating interview with Source Direct was posted yesterday in The Quietus.  Did you know Martin Gore bought many of Gary Numan's original synthesizers?  Apparently, Gore even bought the synth that Gary created his biggest hit upon.

 

 

Advertisement for Gary's show from the American I, Assassin Tour

1982

Shared online by: Anita S.  

 

I've always been a fan of Alan Cross and his programs on CFNY in Toronto.  So nice to see him giving Gary's new video props on his site A Journal of Music Things.  The Antiquiet site also gave their props to the new I Am Dust video:

 

Still swathed in darkness, Gary Numan seems to be enjoying his late-career resurgence, and rightfully so. His live shows are charged with fire and vitality, and his twentieth studio album, Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind), was among the best albums of 2013, in addition to being a refreshingly candid musical confessional.  Having replaced his highly innovative, alien guise for a more humanized persona, Numan’s music has become bleaker but less concealed. The dark and luminous I Am Dust provides a great illustration of Numan’s sharp turn from hesitant humanoid hiding behind machines to unabashed cynic in search of more. The music swells with fatalism, the lyrics cry out, and the newly released video, directed by another of Numan’s musical descendants, IAMX, romanticizes these black palettes to an even greater extent.

 

 

Shared online by Tonia F. 

 

  The new video has also received major props from the likes of Fourculture, Supajam, Hellhound Music, Digital Spy, Stereoboard, Fame Magazine, Renowned For Sound, IMBDv, Metal Newz, JJ Thomas Radio and Loop Orbit.

 

 

 

Shared online by David C. 

 

I'll be at the DEVOtional DEVO fan convention in two weeks where an auction will be held for original band member Bob Casale's family.  Sadly, Bob passed away this year.  The auction will be held at the Beachland Ballroom, where Gary Numan played this year, as part of many other events for the DEVO fans there.

 

 

Bob Casale, Gary Numan and Jerry Casale

KCRW Studios

October 10, 2013

 

One of my favorite sites is A Comprehensive Gary Numan Discography.  The updates are quite extensive with the latest version of the discography.  My friend Jeff Tolva has assembled extensive details, confirmed by multiple sources of Gary's earliest music career (i.e. Mean Street, The Lasers, Tubeway Army).  Most of these details are at the top of the Touring section of the discography, but he's also added a lot of new details around The Roxy 1977 bootleg album as well as the White Light / White Heat 7" bootleg single.  I personally use Jeff's site as a reference almost daily.

 

 

Rare album with Gary Numan

Shared online by Min S. 

 

Great review of the Leamington Spa show over at Gigjunkies.  My friend Michelle Griffin, who picked me up at Heathrow despite having just flown in from Ireland for that Numan show, does the review.  And my friend Ian Dunn from Principle Photography provides his always excellent photos for your viewing pleasure.  (Hat Tip: Ian D.)

 

 

Boston Paradise Rock Club

Jim "The Machman" Napier on the left taking photos for the NAGNFC

March 24, 2014

Shared with the NAGNFC by photographer Jonathan R. 

 

Thanks to everyone who believed in the NAGNFC cause and helped out this month with pictures and news.  Thanks to Stefan Jungklaus in Germany for his graphics, to Paul of Cambridge for his stunningly amazing Numan spottings, Ian B. for his consistently informative links, everyone who sent me pics for the NAGNFC Picture Pages (will be included soon!), and everyone else for taking the time to make this issue of the NAGNFC tres' cool!

 

 

Rare photo of Gary and entourage

New Zealand

May 22, 2014 

 

I'll be busy this month.  I start out in Canada to see my favorite female singer, then the following week I'm off to the DEVOtional DEVO convention in Cleveland.  The following week I'll be in the west coast following the Men Without Hats tour, then I'm off to the Arctic to spend time off the grid and watching northern lights.  No rest for this Machman! 

 

'Til next time!

 

                                Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

 

Catherine O. and Jim "The Machman" Napier

Brisbane Tivoli

May 27, 2014

 

 

NAGNFC July Breaking News

 

July 30, 2014

 

Bad news guys and gals.  The Alt-Fest, where Gary Numan was to perform on August 16th, has been cancelled.  Marilyn Manson has already announced the cancellation.  Gemma has confirmed to me today the Numan camp knows of the cancellation.  The issue seems to be with money.  Many of the 170 bands weren't yet given advances and pulled out, further dooming the event.  It seems that Alt-Fest never received the sponsorship to ensure payment for the site, production and payments for the bands.  No official word as yet by the organizers, but their silence on this worldwide news has been deafening.  But Rob Ferguson, PR guy for the event twittered:

 

Well what a surprise.  Alt-Fest is no more.  I feel extremely sorry for those who will undoubtedly lose money.  Bad times.

 

Simon Hall of the band Beholder also confirmed the cancellation of Alt-Fest:

 

I got confirmation via text message but also spoke with some of the main stage acts and they've also been told.  For me and Beholder, we were open to this whole thing and initially extremely excited about headlining the Sophie Lancaster stage, but to be honest, with the way this has developed (or not as the case may be) it leaves me hollow to think so many fans, traders and support staff will end up losing out.  It started with a pledge scheme as fans entrusted in a unique concept and ended with media scrambling over themselves to be involved, bands not being advanced and being drip fed bulls**t for months and fans being dumped on last minute.  Something that I personally had visions of months ago.

 

The band Collapse had this to say to their fans:

 

We've finally had official confirmation that Alt-Fest is fully cancelled. No official reason has been given and no further indication of what ticket holders should do in order to get their money back at this point. We hope that a full explanation and directions for ticket holders will be given in the coming days.

We are extremely sorry that this situation has happened and absolutely gutted for everyone that had already invested money, time and effort into what looked to be a stunning weekend. If there's a way that we can make it even slightly better, we will.

 

While the tickets were booked through Clubtickets.com, it is not yet known how or when the ticket holders will be refunded but this will be a good start for those seeking refunds.  Nor is it known what will happen to the money invested by those who took part in the original Kickstarter campaign to fund the event, which raised £61,762 by 563 backers.

 

Here was the message sent to bands & festival staff:

 

I am emailing you now as I am sure you have seen all the speculation on the internet regarding "Alt-fest".
I have been reliably informed by HQ that Alt-fest is cancelled although no statement has of yet been forthcoming.
I would like to thank you all personally for your belief and support and for doing everything you could do to make this festival a success. Sadly it was not to be due too internal issues which I am sure will be explained.
I am very sorry to tell you this as I also was very excited too see it happen.
I wish you the best in all that you do.
Kindest regards to you all.
I will be available for any questions etc., tomorrow if you wish.
Best.
Steve.

 

 

July 28, 2014

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the new Gary Numan video, I Am Dust.  Directed by IAMX and released today, the video is perhaps Gary's most technically advanced, in style and editing.  The feel of the video is foreboding and darkly sinister.  Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, we see Gary perhaps in the afterlife, or maybe in a dark place of depression.  A rose dies as another blooms.  Creatures from nightmares abound and we see Gary deeper encrusted in dust and dirt until he falls and disappears into the void.  The end is happier as Gary is reborn.  The second coming?

 

 

 

Gary's BBC6 Radio Key of Life interview with Mary Ann Hobbs has just been posted!  I was able to score you the Extended Cut of the interview, with added bits that wasn't originally aired.  Enjoy!  (Hat Tip: Ian B.)

 

 

Gary at the beach enjoying some downtime with the family last week

  

July 27, 2014

 

So the news is in!  The UK band Gang of Four are confirmed to open for Gary Numan at the London Hammersmith in November.  The band plays a stripped-down mix of punk rock, funk and dub, with an emphasis on the social and political ills of society.  Gang of Four are widely considered one of the leading bands of the late 1970s/early 1980s post-punk movement.  Their debut album, Entertainment!, ranked at Number 483 in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and is listed by Pitchfork Media as the 8th best album of the 1970s. David Fricke of Rolling Stone described Gang of Four as "probably the best politically motivated band in rock & roll".  Needless to say, November 28 is shaping up to be quite an evening.  Here is Gary Numan doing a Gang of Four cover called Anthrax with Nine Inch Nails (Hat Tip: Paul of Cambridge):

 

 

 

Henry Fonda Theater

September 8, 2009

 

 

Lots of concern and well-wishes have been pouring in here for Gemma after my article this week about her hospital stay this month.  She has made public the reason why she was there.  According to Gemma:  "Feeling better after having my baby house taken away".  On behalf of the NAGNFC, warm hugs and thoughts are beamed your way!

 

 

IAMX films new Numan video for I Am Dust

 

Phil Newall from Louder Than War chatted with Gary on Sunday about his Chester show, the new album, the upcoming London show, and more.   Gary reveals what keeps him going, and how he stays in shape.  (Hat Tip: Ian B.)

 

 

Gary appeared on the Fact mag yesterday on their new weekly feature called "My Favourite Record", where they ask artists their most cherished album.  Can you guess what Numan chose and why?  Here is the answer:

 

“This album came along at a time when my own career was all but dead and buried.

I had lost all direction musically and I was floundering. I had no idea how to fix things, how to get my spark back, and then, in 1993, I heard Songs Of Faith And Devotion.

“It had a darkness to it that that took me to places I found fascinating and exciting, and more than a little disturbing. The melodies were beautifully constructed, the lyrics thought provoking and intriguing and the performances, on every level, still send shivers up my spine. The production itself is a work of genius, so multilayered that even after a hundred listens you were still hearing things you hadn’t heard before.

The epic ‘Walking In My Shoes’ I thought for a long time – incorrectly as it turned out – was about a man whose light had faded, someone going through exactly what I was going through in ’93. I felt that song very deeply and it sucked me in to the rest of the album which, along with some others, helped me reshape the type of music I was making and so led to the music I have made for the last 20 years.”

 

 

Shared online by David C.

 

Chris Slade, from the band AC/DC, appeared in a truly fascinating article over at Musicradar on Monday.  Chris drummed for Gary during the I, Assassin sessions and American Tour in 1982.  He claims to have been the one to bring Pino Palladino and Gary together.  He also described Gary has being very demanding.  But there is another side to the story that Chris conveniently forgot to tell Musicradar.  After Gary insisted to Chris that he not use so much cymbal when he drums, Chris lost it and punched Gary on the spot.  Anyway, Chris went on to describe the process of drumming to Numan's tracks that were prerecorded on the synthesizer:

 

"The terrible thing was that we didn't even play to a click, we had to play to tracks, recorded keyboard tracks. That was difficult. You had to listen for the chord sequences. I remember one night the monitors went out completely, I couldn't hear any tracks. I said, 'Pino, I'm following you now!' Gary didn't like that very much, but there was nothing I could do."

 

 

Jim "The Machman" Napier and Gary Numan

Leamington Spa

July 2, 2014

Photography: Jane P.

 

Quite an excellent article with Gary Numan over at The Seventh Hex.  He delves deeper than ever into other familiar topics Gary is asked in interviews these days.  A real joy to read this one (Hat Tip: Ian B.)

 

 

Persia, Raven and Echo Webb enjoy the beach last week

 

 

July 22, 2014

 

 

Since Gary and family returned home this month, Gemma has been feeling fatigued with a bellyache.  As a precaution, she checked into the hospital.  But she is doing fine now and enjoying spending rare moments with her family without the rigors of touring.

 

 

Boating off the California coast

July 20, 2014

 

Gary Numan's full interview with Maryanne Hobbs will be broadcast in its entirety on BBC Radio 6.  Check it out July 26 and 27 from 7-10 am.  Maryanne was taken with how open and honest Gary is with his personal secrets:

 

The 'Cars' and 'Are 'Friends' Electric?' singer shares some deep and rather dark secrets with Mary Anne. He talks about leaving Britain for America, his challenges with Asperger syndrome, and his tastes in art and literature. Spoiler alert: He loves Games Of Thrones.

 

 

Gary Numan and Maryanne Hobbs

 

Gary is the main attraction in Issue #40 of the Mass Movement magazine, which was released Thursday.  They said they jumped at the chance to speak with a musical legend!  Numan spoke about tons of topics, including the upcoming London show in November, Robin Finck's influence on the sound of Splinter (Songs of a Broken Mind) and working on the new album.  Click the image below for your free copy.  (Hat Tip: Paul of Cambridge)!

 

 

 

 

Steve Harris, John Grant and Gary Numan after their sets

Ireland

June 22, 2014

 

 

 

This is easily one of the most gorgeous covers of Are 'Friends' Electric? that I've ever heard.

Are 'Friends' Electric (PKH Piano Arrangement)

Shared with the NAGNFC with artist Paul Hurst who says:

 

Hi Jim how are you doing?  I decided to give the synths a rest for a couple of hours and came up with this piano version of AFE.  Hope you find time to have a listen.  My piano arrangement of Are 'Friends' Electric? with a simple but calming visual.  (Hat Tip: Paul H)

 

Another cool reworking by Paul H that I found of a Nerina Pallot track with obvious Numan influences.  I love the comment on the video by Narina herself saying she probably should've done it like this in the first place:

 

 


All your sympathy and all your flattery
Won't get me home tonight
All those pretty lies that serve some other kind
Won't set this spark alight
You got a fix for feeling, I've a thing for meaning
That don't come so easily
It's the conversation while I keep you waiting
It's the bed before you see

You got your fingers on my wrist now
Accidentally on purpose
Close enough so I can breathe you
Close enough to make me nervous

Love is hate and love is fire
Fill my head with dumb desire
Turn me on again
Come on, come on and turn me on again

Creature chemistry, the same old enemy
It gets me every time
It's something small, you see, it's something throw-away
Goes around and round my mind
It's inescapable, it's more than physical
I'm born again, I'm born again
I'm born again, I'm born again

I feel the rushing of my blood now
Every time that you come closer
I feel the rushing of my blood now
Oh won't you move a little closer?

Also from Paul, his "PKH Covers Project" for The Pleasure Principle below.  It is a work in progress, but it is just stunning how he is able to recreate the very unique sounds of this influential album.  Well done Paul!

 

My friend Karl from the band Kalkulus has been busy of late.  His new single Hampstead Home is a collaboration with award-winning singer/songwriter Johnny Granville (aka Johnny Guitar).  The song is inspired by Karl's love for all things Hampstead, and the cover art is inspired by I, Assassin which he tried to recreate.  Kalkulus' new album, available only as a fan club exclusive, will be called A Random on the Westside.  Of the 10 tracks, 5 will be "reimaginings" of Gary Numan's songs.  The others will be John Foxx reimaginings as well as a couple of Numan-influenced Kalkulus tracks.  The album cover will be a take of Gary's cover art for That's Too Bad.  Interestingly, the album cover is going to be recreated Graffiti style on a massive wall in London by none other than David "Gnasher" Nash who is world renowned for his street Art.  He recently turned a well known Camden pub into a John Lennon portrait, and has been commissioned to create the Rick Mayall memorial wall in Rick's hometown of Harlow.  As the Numan-inspired art is being created, Karl will be playing live Numan classics, which he told me will also be broadcast on TV at a later date.  Alas the Numan wall art is only temporary and will be viewable for only a few weeks.  The way to find out its location and become involved is to join the Kalkulus mailing list, which you can do by hitting the "subscribe" link on their site.  This will all happen around the time of Numan's Hammersmith show.

 

 

 

 

New single 'Hampstead Home'

 

 

Random on the Westside

Kalkulus

Upcoming album cover and street art

 

John D sent me a really cool gift for my recent birthday.  He is known in the Numan fan circles for his brilliant mixes of Gary's music.  John gave me his mix of The Calling called the Mitchener Den'o Extended Mix.  I love how he seamlessly mixes old and new for this track.  I've included it for you here and on The Audio Principle.  (Hat Tip: John D)

 

 

Adelaide HQ

May 28, 2014

 

Seems Gary wants to embark upon a US Tour while his band is over here for the Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin November 8th.  Nothing laid in stone yet, but stay tuned to the NAGNFC for the absolute latest tour dates and information about this very possible development!

 

 

Tim asked me if he could use this photo for his Official Facebook page at the Kansas City show

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

July 11, 2014

 

With the Worldwide Splinter Tour done, Gary Numan and his girls flew the 10 hours back home to Los Angeles yesterday, and Tim Muddiman is back in the studio with Graham Crabb churning out the new Pop Will Eat Itself record (which Tim says is "sounding incredible").  Props to Gary and his band for what was an amazing adventure this year through the cities of four continents, whose days were capped off nearly every night with a new performance surrounded by a whole new crowd of Numan's fans.  The Riveting Chapter tour blog from the Splinter Tour will be up very soon now.

 

 

Gary's full performance from the JBTV Studios in Chicago on March 29, 2014 will be broadcast all across the United States this evening in over 45 markets at 11:00 pm EST.  If you're American, check out this page to find out where to tune in for your neck of the woods.  If you're outside America, I've included three videos for you from the performance below.  I'm the one in the hat in front of Tim.  Watch Gary smile at me during the song Metal(again!).

 

I Am Dust

 

Metal

 

Everything Comes Down To This

 

 

 

July 9, 2014

 

Well I'm back home in the USA and relaxing from the whirlwind UK tour.  Following Gary's adventures in the UK was an absolute pleasure, and I was very happy to share it all with you here on the NAGNFC site that brought you behind-the-scenes for more than 40 gigs this year with pics and news!  And by the way, I fixed the link to the ITV Oxford TV segment from Reading with Gary Numan.  You might recognize a certain Machman in the video!  Here's the new link for ya.

 

 

Gary just before his Sonisphere appearance in front of thousands

Stevenage Knebworth Park

July 4, 2014

Shared by Steve Wright

 

Gary played the Sonisphere Festival on Friday to his largest UK crowd in years, a crowd that had many other options at the festival, but chose to see Numan.  It was a triumphant way to end the Splinter World Tour.  Gary said:  

 

Sonisphere. Such a cool festival. So, we are all done, tour over. Thank you so much to everyone that came to see us, I'm very grateful. GN

 

 

Stevenage Knebworth Park

July 4, 2014

Photography and shared by Michelle Griffin

 

 

Stevenage Knebworth Park

July 4, 2014

Shared by Steve Wright

 

 

 

Gary's show in Holmfirth was his last regular show until the much-awaited Hammersmith show in London on November 28.  The venue was in a tiny but very touristy area.  With no taxis by the very distant train station, the trip to Holmfirth was a good bus ride away.  Once there, a babbling brook ran its course in front of the venue with stone bridges on which to take pictures of the surroundings.  Numan fans from around the country had descended on this once angelic village invading the nearby pubs and restaurants. 

 

 

VIP Meet

Holmfirth Picturedrome

July 3, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

VIP Meet

Holmfirth Picturedrome

July 3, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

I passed around a card I had made for Beryl for those who wanted to wish her well.  After NAGNFC Readers read what I wrote about the state of her health, fans throughout this UK Tour told me about how kind Beryl was to them over the years.  She is known for her personal touches in her correspondence, including notes for fans within packages, and going the special mile for them whenever possible.

 

 

Card I had made for Beryl

 

After some fans got some pics with me, I found a quiet corner of a pub to plug in and work on the NAGNFC update before the VIP meet began, just as well as it was starting to rain outside. 

 

 

Holmfirth Picturedrome

July 3, 2014

Photography: Dave Dupuis

 

Once in the VIP meet, fans had some of the most interesting things signed.  One woman brought an excellent drawing she'd made for him, and Joanne had her excellent tattoo signed (along with a smiley face).  As Gary took the stage for the soundcheck, Numan's lighting guy let me play with the lights.  Such an awesome feeling of power!  The lighting guy joked that I was going to put him out of a job!  Haha!

 

 

Holmfirth Picturedrome

July 3, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

I meant to tell Dave the tour manager (and sound guy) that the sound of the last two shows were especially good, but I know you read this site Dave, so you are officially complimented on your awesome job at the sound desk!

 

 

Holmfirth Picturedrome

July 3, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Holmfirth Picturedrome

July 3, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Holmfirth Picturedrome

July 3, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

At the end of the show, the crowd just didn't give up.  They clapped and screamed for more I'd rarely seen on the Worldwide Splinter Tour.  Much to my surprise, Gary came out for an unplanned and rare second encore.  He sang Absolution to close the night and the Splinter Tour.  An "Absolutely" brilliant way to cap off what had been what many fans have called his best shows in years.

 

 

Holmfirth Picturedrome

July 3, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Holmfirth Picturedrome

July 3, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

One last wave during an unprecedented second encore to end the Worldwide Splinter Tour

Holmfirth Picturedrome

July 3, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Many thanks to the lovely Joanne D for storing my stuff in her car during the show, and to the awesome Steve in Manchester for the ride to his place for sleep and to the airport the next morning.  After 14 years of traveling to the UK, it's just not a proper trip without a visit to your welcoming home.

 

 

Joanne D and friend store my things in their awesome ride!

Holmfirth Picturedrome

July 3, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Gary and the band rocked Leamington Spa with a powerful performance on Wednesday to an approving crowd.  I was surprised to see The Big G there in the pub with the Numanoids before the show!  He queued with us outside as well just like one of us!  Everyone agreed it was really good to see G again.  

 

 

Preshow party with Big G

Leamington Spa

July 2, 2014

Photography: Michael Bingham

 

 

VIP Meet

Leamington Spa Assembly Rooms

July 2, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

VIP Meet

Leamington Spa Assembly Rooms

July 2, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

The VIP meet was full of enthusiastic Numanoids with yet another bevy of interesting items to sign.  One brought a very interesting scrapbook of his pictures with Gary, Chris, Ced and Russell ever since the Warriors days.  I would take yet another picture of him with Gary today. 

 

 

VIP Meet

Leamington Spa Assembly Rooms

July 2, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Big G joined us in the queue!  He scored some great pics inside!

Leamington Spa Assembly Rooms

July 2, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Leamington Spa Assembly Rooms

July 2, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

The kind owner of the Leamington venue was there, selling posters of the show for 3 pounds for charity.  As we spoke, him and I began to become friends.  He said that if there were any shows there that I was interested in seeing in the future, to let him know and he would get me in for free!  Rock on!  He did confide to me that of Gary's last three appearances there at the Assembly Rooms, the attendance for Numan's shows had been declining somewhat year after year.  By the time of the VIP meet, only half the tickets were sold.

 

 

Leamington Spa Assembly Rooms

July 2, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Leamington Spa Assembly Rooms

July 2, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

There is an impressive campaign underway to get Gary Numan back in the charts where he belongs by downloading the new single I Am Dust, which was released in the UK July 7 (and in the US back on June 9).  The campaign has been retweeted like crazy to gain support, even by the likes of Erasure's Andy Bell.  You can directly help Numan's chart position as well by grabbing this cheap download to hear fresh takes of this popular track.  I Am Dust was released as an extended single with the following rare tracks:

 

1) I Am Dust

2) I Am Dust (Original Demo)

3) I Am Dust (thenewno2 Remix)

4) I Am Dust (Roman Remains Remix)

 

The midweek UK Chart Position is out today so we can see the progress we've made so far, but there is still plenty of time until Friday to help Numan's chart position.  If you're in the UK, grab yours here.  If you're not, click below to do your part to help Our Friend Electric's long singles chart history:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hello to the Numanoids of the World!  Jim "The Machman" Napier still coming at ya from England and the many stops of Gary Numan's tour.  These shows have been dazzling and the VIP meets have been really fun.  Every meet-and-greet in the UK has been maxed out at 16-17 people, most of who are nervous to meet Gary for the first time.  One poor woman in Reading was so nervous, she couldn't muster any words.  Gary shouted to Dave they were having a "meet-and-look"!  I just tell the VIPs to talk about planes.  Gary will chat forever with you!

 

 

Preston 53 Degrees

July 1, 2014

Photography: Dave Dupuis

 

Gary is sick!  He is suffering through a minor sore throat and is coughing every now and again.  VIPs at last night's meet-and-greet in Preston were kindly asked to keep their meets shorter than they might have to help save Gary's voice.  Even the soundcheck was cut down to two songs compared to the usual five.

 

 

Preston 53 Degrees

July 1, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Opening band Roman Remains were looking for a bite to eat, so I steered them in the right direction to a pub that Dave Guy and I just dined at.  Their mint sundae was out of this world, and I told them there is nothing like ice cream to lift the spirits on a tour.

 

 

Preston 53 Degrees

July 1, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Despite Gary's sickness, the show last night in Preston was excellent by all accounts.  The venue set up the VIP meet with a main table and a bunch a chairs facing it, like school.  Everyone, including Gary, hated it, so we set up elsewhere.  Huge concert posters new and old brought by fans were signed.  Gary seemed in good spirits.  He said he'd thought he'd licked his cold the night before, but came back this morning with a vengeance.

 

 

Preston 53 Degrees

July 1, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Dave and I normally have been helping the VIPs with their picture-taking with Gary.  I and others there take their own pics of the meet-and-greets as well.  Most fans always ask me for any possible pictures I could've taken with them and Gary.  I'm always happy to make the day of a fellow Numan fan.  Goodness knows you guys and gals have hooked me up with some great pics of Gary and I!

 

 

Preston 53 Degrees

July 1, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Gary said his girls nearly lost their English accents, and are even talking more like SoCal Valley Girls, where everything said sounds like a question.  Gary asked if I noticed that phenomenon as well.  But now that the girls are back in England with Beryl and Tony, their British vernacular has been creeping back.

 

 

Preston 53 Degrees

July 1, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Numan spoke about the new Officers album, and that it's just about done.  One of the band members suffered an injury to his finger but brushed it off.  Gary on the other hand was near mortified at the injury, wondering what could've caused such a malady?

 

 

Preston 53 Degrees

July 1, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

As always, fans ask him how he is liking Los Angeles.  Gary just replies as always.  He said he was sick of looking at rain back home, and loves the SoCal sunshine.  He mentioned that as you get older, life seems to whip by ever faster.  And with the L.A. weather, you can just get more done in a day despite the faster-ticking clock.  And he always speaks about how friendlier people are, and how much there is to do.

 

 

Matt Jessup and Jim "The Machman" Napier

Bournemouth O2 Academy

June 30, 2014

 

 

Bournemouth O2 Academy

June 30, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Bournemouth O2 Academy

June 30, 2014

Photography: Dave Dupuis

 

Matt Jessup and two of his friends were there in the lobby to welcome everyone inside the venue with the live sweet noises of Gary's earliest sounds.  You could even sign up to win your own Novation synth.  Garry Robson, who was on The Pleasure Principle and now works at Novation, helped Matt with his synth and speaker setup.

 

 

Bournemouth O2 Academy

June 30, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Bournemouth O2 Academy

June 30, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Despite a rough-sounding voice after Are 'Friends' Electric? (second to the last song), you couldn't tell during the show that anything was wrong.

 

 

Bournemouth O2 Academy

June 30, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Gary's show in Bournemouth was stunning!  Tim Muddiman called the show the best one of the tour so far.  The VIP meet was fun.  Fans from 17-60 were there to meet Gary.  I was able to pick up some fun facts from the meet to share with you:

 

 

Bournemouth O2 Academy

June 30, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Gary and Ade's upcoming film score soundtrack contains more music than Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind).  So lots of new music coming from Numan/Fenton, the team that brought us Gary's best-reviewed album!

 

 

Bournemouth O2 Academy

June 30, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Josh Giroux, who is now playing keyboards with Gary's band while Ade is spending time with his sick fiancée, is no stranger to Gary Numan.  Despite living in Los Angeles, Josh is credited on the Splinter CD for Art Direction.  Josh was responsible for the layout of the images and fonts on the CD.

 

 

Bournemouth O2 Academy

June 30, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Speaking of which, the set where the Splinter imagery was photographed has another claim to fame.  It is also the set for the recent popular movie The Kings Speech.

 

 

Bournemouth O2 Academy

June 30, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

On the day off after Exeter I had the opportunity to look around Lands End in the extreme southwestern corner of England.  I got in some hiking around the Coast Trail from St. Just to Sennens Cove, and through meandering country lanes back to St. Just.  Eight miles of hiking in all!  The trail was a challenging one, and really kicked my butt, but the place is gorgeous and I hope to return to that cool and mysterious place one day.

 

 

Lands End

June 29, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Gary's performance at the Exeter Phoenix Centre was one of the more fun shows!  Inside the building was an art show going on so there was stuff to look at from local vendors while we waited for the VIP meet to begin.

 

 

Exeter Phoenix Centre

June 28, 2014

Photography: Dave Dupuis

 

A Numan fan named Chris W. had a VIP ticket but couldn't be there.  I made sure his pictures were signed and returned to him.  I'm told they made it back to their rightful home today!

 

 

Shared with the NAGNFC by Kristin Harris

 

As always, Dave the Tour Manager and I teamed up to pass out laminates and CDs.  At one point, Dave had to disappear and left me to entertain the crowd.  I asked everyone if this was their first meet with Gary, which received a tepid response.  Then suddenly I remembered my first meet with Gary.  I asked everyone how many of them were nervous to meet Gary?  Nearly everyone raised their hand enthusiastically! 

 

Most fans got pics with me as well, thanking me for the site.  One fan even gave me something incredibly special.  It was one of the old Chu-Bops of Telekon, still sealed.  They were a series of albums in miniature with lyrics and gum inside.  I had some from The Beatles growing up, but the Telekon Chu-Bop eluded me for over three decades until I was given one in Exeter.  Thank you!!

 

 

Exeter Phoenix Centre

June 28, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

The show was probably the smallest one of the tour, but a blinder nonetheless!  The venue was nice, but was so small, the tickets for Exeter sold out the day they were put on sale.

 

 

Exeter Phoenix Centre

June 28, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Yesterday, Trent Reznor personally invited Gary Numan to NIN's performance at the Hollywood Bowl at the end of August!

 

 

Exeter Phoenix Centre

June 28, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Well today I am on the train to Leamington Spa.  I loved the venue last time I was there to see Gary and am really looking forward to tonight's performance!  Many thanks to Michael B. for his hospitality this evening!  And thanks as well to David G. for dropping me off at my Holiday Inn last night!  Hopefully I can return some of your amazing kindness after I return home if you ever find yourself Stateside.

 

 

Exeter Phoenix Centre

June 28, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Here is a download for the video with the ITV Oxford Numan segment that I was in.  As far as I know, it is available nowhere else.  Thanks to David M. and Steve for the NAGNFC Exclusive!

 

 

Exeter Phoenix Centre

June 28, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Gary will be involved in the making of another film score.  The film will be called La Gargoule: Under the Blood Moon.  You heard it here first.  Hat Tip to Ryan S. in Sydney for the scoop (and the picture).

 

 

 

 

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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    Gary Numan and Jim "The Machman" Napier and Gary Numan

    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

    AApril 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