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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 

 

 

November Breaking News

 

November 27, 2014

 

Well today is the day Numan's fans have been waiting for.  Gary Numan will play in the type of venue he used to rock, with old school synths, music he's never performed in ages or at all, and the biggest light show he will treat us to in 33 years.  The preshow and aftershow parties are booked.  The VIP Meet has been sold out for months.  The Premiere hotel nearby is sold out on the evening.  And Gary promises surprises.  All we can do now is wait for the noise. 

 

 

Visiting St. Paul's Cathedral and the Christmas markets in their former country

Persia, Raven and Echo Webb

London Millennium Bridge

November 26, 2014

Photography: Gemma Webb

 

Gary has come down with a cold.  He has been spending so much effort rehearsing the new songs for the show that he says that his voice sounds like a bag of gravel.  He is a little worried but is optimistic all will be well by tonight's show.

 

 

Gary's name is on the marquee as of last night

London Hammersmith Eventim

November 26, 2014

Shared by Annie G.

 

Meanwhile, thoughts to Gary and his family for the loss on Tuesday of their cat Mogwai.  Anyone who knows the Webbs know they are fierce lovers of all animals.  So to have one of their own leave so suddenly is like losing a family member.  Rest in peace, Mogwai, wherever you are.

 

London Hammersmith Eventim

November 26, 2014

Shared by Paul F.

 

My friend Stuart has a sweet deal for you.  Many of the hotels in the area around the Numan show are booked up tonight.  Stuart has a 135 quid double room available to the first £75 that claims it.  Contact me here if you're interested.  From what I can tell on various social media, there are many with extra tickets as well as many who are seeking standing tickets that have long since sold out.  Just ask around in the queue before the show and you are sure to make a connection for that which you seek.

 

 

 

Shared by Shane 

 

Well that's it!  Let's all enjoy tonight's very special Gary Numan show in London.  He has worked especially hard to make this historic evening memorable for us all as he performs in his favourite venue in the world.  Tonight, we end the Splinter phase of Numan's storied career which saw his most widespread World Tour and newfound respect among his peers and certainly among the world's press which showered Gary's new music with the best reviews Numan has ever received.

 

Let's do this!

 

 

Iowa City Blue Moose Tap House

November 5, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

The analog sythesizer Gary has brought out from cold storage for tonight's gig.

Hat Tip to Nik B. for sharing this with the NAGNFC! 

 

November 26, 2014

 

Just two days to go now, and Numanoids the world over are descending on London for Gary Numan's first show at Hammersmith in decades.  It will be a return to the huge spectacle-stage shows Gary Numan was known for.  I'm in Philadelphia about to board for Brussels, where my friend Luc and I will take the car underneath the English Channel for the event.  Here is how the evening will play out in London:

 

Doors: 6.30pm

 Support: 7.30pm

 Interval: 8.15pm

 Gary Numan: 8.45pm

Approximate finish: 10:45 pm

 

Doors: 6.30pm
Support: 7.30pm
Interval: 8.15pm
Gary Numan: 8.45pm
Approx. Finish: 10.45pm

 

In today's Metro, a newspaper given to commuters in the UK

Shared by Mark K.

 

The show in London will occur the same week the Complex single was released 35 years ago.  On November 24, 1979, Complex entered the UK charts at #15 and was released in seven countries.

 

 

 

As NAGNFC Readers already knew, Gary Numan will be dusting off one of his own classic analogue synthesizers for the London performance.  The Oberheim OB-Xa was featured most prominently in several of Numan's Top of the Pops appearances, as well as on Warriors.

 

 

 

Gary was interviewed by Neon Nettle in advance of his London show.  Gary spoke about his latest album, and how it not only has been better received, its songs appearing in more television shows than any other of his albums, but Numan also spoke about the Splinter Tour and how he toured the new stuff to more places than any other album.  Gary also tells us what we can expect at Hammersmith.

 

 

 

Guadalupe, Mexico

October 19, 2014 

 

The consensus is in.  The most popular place to meet will be the Duke of Cornwall, a pub directly behind the venue at 48 Fulham Palace Road.  Another place fans will be meeting before the show is called The Swan a 5 minute walk from the venue and directly across from the Tube Station.  After the show, those pubs normally close at midnight but will be staying open later for Numan's fans. 

 

 

 

But the main aftershow party seems to be the one by Electric Dreams at London Stone at 109 Cannon Street, London EC4N 5AD.  They start after the Numan show and party into the night until 3am.  Numan's music will be mixed into other music by John Foxx and Ultravox.  Just a fiver to get in.  I'll be there to celebrate 25 years of doing this NAGNFC thingy, and will be giving out copies of Gary Numan's From Inside DVDs.  Thanks to everyone who has already written with kind offers of food and drinks before and after the show (and particular thanks to Richard and Nicole in Canada for the awesome Numan care package!)  The next NAGNFC update will be from Belgium tomorrow!  See ya then, Numanoids!

 

 

November 21, 2014

 

Social media the world over is abuzz over Gary Numan's show at London's Hammersmith Eventim Apollo a week from tonight.  Facebook and Twitter are bursting with comments from fans saying how excited they are getting about the performance.  As NAGNFC Readers already knew for months, it has been confirmed the show will be 2.5 hours long, and will be filmed.  It has also been confirmed there will be a nod to the 30th Anniversary of Numan's Berserker album.  Josh Giroux, art director for Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind), has told me chances are excellent for Gary to dig out one of his old Minimoogs as an homage to the instrument central to many of Numan's peformances at Hammersmith.

Poster created and shared by Adam D. in Australia 

 

Gary will be flying from Los Angeles this evening to the UK to prepare for the final show in the Splinter campaign.  Numan said he is very excited to be playing in his favorite venue near where he was born.

 

 

 

Gary will be doing several interviews at the venue before the VIP Meet-And-Greet and soundcheck.  One of the interviews will be with my friend Myra from Obsküre Magazine.  Myra, who is traveling from Paris, has nearly, proactively and single-handedly made efforts to keep Numan in the public eye in France along with Emmanuel Hennequin who conducted the last Numan interview for the magazine.  Obsküre, who were impressed with Numan's new album, has not only put Gary on the cover of their Nov/Dec 2013 issue with a 6 page spread (pictured below), but has also granted Myra an interview with Numan for the magazine.  Based on my pictures from the Splinter Tour, I've been asked to provide pictures from London for the magazine article.  C'est magnifique, and tres' bien (and that's about all the French I know)!

 

 

Obsküre

Nov/Dec 2013 Issue

 

 

 

Myra, who purchased Numan's new DVD From Inside from the NAGNFC, will now get to speak about the soundtrack with Gary himself in London.  I've heard that many fans in Europe have been having problems receiving the DVD.  However, everyone in Europe who ordered the DVD from this site received them before the release date and for cheaper!  You can still order the From Inside DVD from the NAGNFC, as well as Gary Numan's new soundtrack from From Inside on 2-LP gatefold vinyl.  The release date is December 2.  All the links you need are below.

 

 

North American Customers can order the 2xLP soundtrack here:

$22.99 + $5.99 shipping

 


UK Customers can order the 2xLP soundtrack here:
£15.99 UK +
£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:
$25.99 + $10.99 shipping

 

 

 

 

North American Customers can order the DVD here:

$9.95 + $5.00 shipping

     

 

UK Customers can order the DVD here:

£7.00 UK + £5.00 shipping

   




European Customers can order the DVD here:

€8.00 Euro  +  €6.00 shipping

   




Australian Customers can order the DVD here:

$11.00 Aus + $9.00 shipping






Great atmospheric cover of The Calling by Voxnuman who shared this with the NAGNFC.  He said this was only an attempt as the song is difficult to cover.



Austin Fun Fun Fun Fest
November 8, 2014

An interesting Gary Numan item on eBay was just won for £875.  I've only ever heard of the 7" single of the title track
Replicas.  This was the mega rare 7" acetate.  Gee if I was the seller, I would've waived the 7 quid for shipping!  (Hat Tip: Paul of Cambridge)


MaxTV in Australia gave Gary Numan some props Wednesday.  They told their readers that it was on that day exactly 35 years ago when Cars entered the Australian charts.   They said the track would only reach #9 Down Under, but would change the sound of popular music forever.  (Hat Tip: Donald P. in Sydney)



The Ministry of Sound released a 4-CD set called 80s Mix, celebrating the most iconic sounds of the decade.  To herald this release, they posted a very informed article investigating how Gary Numan "spearheaded the liberation of synthesizer music from hideous mistreatment in the gloom of deadly serious progressive rock".



As NAGNFC Readers know from the last update, Ade Fenton is all but gone from managing and keyboard duties in the Numan camp.  Fans have lamented the loss of Ade.  It was during Fenton's time with Gary that Numan created his most well-reviewed album, got into soundtrack writing again, and began touring places he'd never played before.  Ade was quiet and never obtrusive.  But anyone who took the time to say hello to him found that Ade was fascinating to speak with, especially when you asked him about the music.  He would tell me about certain parts in the songs that inspired them the most, although Ade couldn't tell me what his favorite song was, as they'd been creating it for so long, the songs blended into each other for him by now.  Ade was one of us, another longtime fan of Numan.  There is an old flyer for a Numan Disco in Nottingham that listed one Adrian Fenton as its organizer, along with his home address in Nottingham.  I counted Ade Fenton as a friend, and it was a privilege to help him with the VIPs on the European leg of the Splinter Tour.  This enabled him to set up for the shows while Gary was speaking with the VIPs.  Ade would often appear to ask me how many were left to speak with Gary so they could start the soundcheck as time was often limited.  The last we'd seen of Ade was at Gary's San Francisco show at The Fillmore on April 6, 2014.  Ade told me he wouldn't be on the Australian leg of the tour to be there for his sick fiancee.  Ade himself hadn't been the picture of health, suffering back problems worse enough to nearly miss the performance in Houston after being taken away in an ambulance on March 12, 2014.  That last night at the Fillmore, the band had played a prank on Ade.  When the show started, Ade appeared to his keyboards only to find a wheelchair there.  He set it aside and put on an amazing performance for his final show with Gary Numan.



Gary Numan, Ade Fenton, Tim Muddiman
San Francisco Fillmore soundcheck
April 6, 2014
Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

But Ade is still in the scene.  Just this month,
the
new single Arcadia was released that he produced for fellow Nottingham residents April Towers (their new video featured below).  Drowned in Sound interviewed the band in-depth, including how they came to work with Ade Fenton.

 

DiS: You've recently been working with producer and Gary Numan collaborator Ade Fenton. How did you meet him and what does he bring to the band's sound?

 

Charlie Burley: I actually met Ade at a house party a couple of years ago. It was a case of looking around the room and thinking who's the most interesting person here I could go and speak to? That guy over there! And I started chatting to him and we spoke about music and he asked him what he did as he'd been talking about all these shows he'd been playing. So when he said he played keyboards for Gary Numan my mind kind of exploded a little bit! He gave me his email address on a piece of paper and said feel free to send him some music any time. Lo and behold, when we started April Towers, I just happened to unearth this little piece of paper with the address on it so I dropped him an email to see what he thinks of our music. He got back to me the same day and asked if we could meet up for a coffee and a chat, which we did, and he offered his services for production. So, a bit further down the line when he had enough songs ready, we got him on board and it's probably the best thing we've done as a band so far.


Alex Noble: He was based in Long Eaton. Not a lot of people probably realise that Gary Numan's latest album
Splinter was mixed in Long Eaton! His technical knowledge and experience has been invaluable to us. He's been so accommodating and taught us a lot. He's actually moved down to Bath now but he's built us this living space where we're also going to be recording.


Charlie Burley: It's like an outhouse that's adjoined to the side of his house. It's a purpose built studio quarters with a little kitchen and everything. So we can go down for three days at a time, live in Bath and work in the studio all at the same time. It's great.


Alex Noble: He's been through so much musically. Some of the stories he's got are unbelievable. He's helped us so much with the live show as well because he controls both the lights and sound for Gary Numan
(Dave Dupuis is on sound now and Dustin from DEVO's shows has been on the lights in the States - Jim Napier). He's so experienced in that respect. We couldn't really have done the live show without him.


Charlie Burley: He's been instrumental in a lot of what we've done.

 

 

 

Just a heads up to those in the UK who don't normally buy The Sun.  Gary was featured in a half-page article in today's issue (featured below).  Their interview with Numan focused on earlier days, and why Gary doesn't view them in the magical way most of his fans and musical peers did.  (Hat Tip: Paul F.)

 

 

The Sun

November 21, 2014

Photography: Paul F. 

 

Christie's, the world's most popular auction house, had Gary Numan's Skin Mechanic jacket on offer until June 2013 (Sale 9467/Lot 241).  Included was a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Gary Numan.  Their "hammer" price was $7710.  (Hat Tip: Paul of Cambridge) 

Gary did a cool interview this month with Little Village, Iowa City's news and culture magazine, in advance of his show there.  Most of the questions have to do with synthesizers, Numan's influence on the current music scene and what inspires him to continue. 

 

What motivates you to continue to write, produce and perform music?

 

The desire to do better. The desire to create sounds that no one has heard before. Writing songs enables me to release feelings that would be unhealthy if kept bottled up, I think. It’s a need more than anything, but I do love creating music. I love being in a band, touring the world. Standing on a stage with the volume shaking the floor, people reaching out to you and cheering. Nothing like it.

 

 

Shared by Louise B.

 

Gary's music themes have been linked to science fiction in the past.  Last week, Gary spoke with BFI at length about his lifelong obsession with the genre,  From his childhood fascination with the technology of Gerry Anderson's Supercar and Fireball XL5 right up to his longstanding emotional relationship with Blade Runner.  I can't embed it here since it doesn't seem to play in Canada where I'm escaping the Buffalo snow, but if you visit the link, I know it plays in the USA and the UK. 

 

 

 

November 10, 2014

 

Gary played his final American date for several months this weekend at the Fun Fun Fun Fest.  Gary took to the Blue Stage for a 45 minute set before thousands of music fans.  Gary later called the crowd amazing, saying it was the perfect, most exhilarating way to end the North American Tour he could've wished for.  Kristin H. was there and had this to say:

 

Hey Jim! I had an awesome time at FFF! It was a cool change to see Gary under the hot Texas sun! Huge crowd and he even gave me a big smile from stage when he saw me (I had on my birthday crown). Gemma also blew kisses.

 

 

Fun Fun Fun Fest

Austin, Texas

November 8, 2014

Photography and shared by Kristin Harris

 

Many thanks to Dan Redman who is associated with the band Residual Kid for offering this Machman a special pass for the Fest, but something came up and I couldn't make it down this time.  I hope you all had an amazing time.  From the pictures and reviews, it looks like I missed out big time!

 

 

Fun Fun Fun Fest

Austin, Texas

November 8, 2014

Shared by John D.

 

 

Fun Fun Fun Fest

Austin, Texas

November 8, 2014

Shared by John D.

 

Speaking of which, Gary's FFF appearance received a mixed review in the Austin Chronicle.  While Gary typically throws down his most powerful energy at a hip festival such as this, reviewer Greg Beets thought Gary should have dipped more into his diverse catalogue, lamenting the absence of such songs as Down In The Park.  Hopefully next time Greg will avail himself of a regular Gary Numan show, such as Numan played in nearby Dallas and Houston just this year.  He will hear DITP and others from Gary's vaunted catalogue where Gary has ample time to show off more varied selections.  Greg will find it even more interesting than he said Gary's FFF show was!

 

 

Fun Fun Fun Fest

Austin, Texas

November 8, 2014

Shared by John D.

 

Tonight Gary is driving the 1400 miles back to Los Angeles, staying the night in El Paso.  He'll break up the trip with a stay in Arizona Monday night.  It was on a cross-country trip across America in 1981 when Gary wrote Music For Chameleons to the beat of his plane's windshield wipers.  So perhaps Gary will write new music on the way back home?

 

 

Fun Fun Fun Fest

Austin, Texas

November 8, 2014

Shared by John D.

 

Strong rumors of a festival date in November 2015, as well as the one in Belgium in May 2015.  While Gary will not tour in 2015, these would prove excellent opportunities to get our live Numan fix!  Stay tuned!

 

 

Gary and the band walked to Congress Bridge in Austin after their FFF set only to see what Gary called "1.5 million bats in a sunset bat explosion"

November 8, 2014

 

Spectacular interview with Gary Numan in the Friday edition of Digital Spy. Thanks to interviewer Tom Eames, we now know Gary's main focus to start 2015 is his new novel.  He wouldn't mind writing a series of books in Game of Thrones-style.  Gary is also seeking out more opportunities to do more soundtracks, though he says the field is littered with musicians more qualified than he.  Gary also told Tom that since he has been touring non-stop, he doesn't feel totally settled in to his new home in America yet.  The new album will be written in 2015.  Though Gary doesn't feel the new stuff could possibly as well-received as Splinter (Songs From a Broken Mind), he does want to take his music into a different direction, even employing new people to help take him there.  He says a collaboration with Trent Reznor is still in the works, and may happen in 2015 since both touring schedules will be light to nonexistent.  Lastly, Gary says his upcoming show in London Hammersmith will be quite special indeed.

 

 

With Dave Dupuis at the last regular show

Blue Moose Tap House

November 5, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Cameron with Gary at the VIP Meet

Blue Moose Tap House

November 5, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

A new and large page of quotes by Gary Numan over his entire career was added yesterday to the Celebrity Quotes section of the Celebrity Height Info site.  Fascinating reading!

 

 

Blue Moose Tap House

November 5, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Gary played his last regular show of the Worldwide Splinter Tour on Wednesday at the Iowa City Blue Moose Tap House.  The small unassuming college town never knew what hit it!  I spent the day at a Starbucks in town.  After announcing my whereabouts, Kelly who was there from St. Louis showed up for one of the two impromptu preshow parties.  She gave me a wristband she made to give to Gary. 

 

 

Blue Moose Tap House

November 5, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

There were also people at the VIP meet from Kinston, NC, Philadelphia, PA, Chicago, IL and New York.  Jeff showed him an old tentative list of tracks for what would become the new album.  It was learned a song called Scanner became The Calling.  We already knew of Gary's hearing loss from his recent public campaign for fans to wear hearing protection at concerts.  But Gary told us in Iowa about his fading eyesight.  He has problems mostly seeing things up close.  He won't wear his glasses in front of fans, but I've seen him wear them backstage and at dinner.

 

 

Blue Moose Tap House

November 5, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Numan and I spoke about the fact this would be his last regular show for some time.  As the picture below was being taken, Gary quietly said "I'm going to miss it".  I replied, "I will too".

 

 

Iowa City Blue Moose Tap House

November 5, 2014

Photography: Dave Dupuis

 

After the VIP Meet and soundcheck was over, and Tour Manager Dave was thanking everyone for attending, I was able to leave as well when I heard Gary shout from the stage.  I thought he was shouting at Dave, but when I looked over, he was pointing at me, gesturing for me to come up on stage!  Gary gathered his band members together for a group shot for the last regular show.  It was an amazing year of touring with Gary Numan around the world, as he performed in the most places in one year since 1980's Teletour.  

 

 

Steve Harris, Frank Zummo, Gary Numan, Jim "The Machman" Napier, Tim Muddiman, Josh Giroux

It was amazing this picture happened at all.  My camera battery had already died once during the soundcheck so we took this picture quickly.  Dave was playing around with the flash settings until Dustin, the lighting guy took notice, and turned on the floor lights giving us an coolly eerie glow.

Blue Moose Tap House

November 5, 2014

Photography: Dave Dupuis

 

Thanks to Kelly who bought my Chipotle during the big NAGNFC preshow party!  Very kind of you!  We strolled to the show where a queue formed quickly in anticipation of Numan's show.  The stage was knee-high and there were no barriers, so this was one of those energetic and intimate shows.  I knew I would get some good pictures at this one (after I charged my camera at the preshow party) and my camera didn't disappoint.  I was very lucky with my pictures at Gary's last regular show.  Gary and the band were happy to be back in the States.  Them and Dave told me they had a very loud celebration on the tour bus the moment they crossed back into the USA.  And after a day off, everyone was well-rested for the show in Iowa.  It was a great way to end Gary's set of regular shows.  Steve and Tim got up close and personal with the audience as they played while Gary spent most of the time in front of me since he knows I won't try and grab him or shake his hand.

 

 

Blue Moose Tap House

November 5, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Blue Moose Tap House

November 5, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Gord in Portland sent his excellent mix exclusively for you lucky NAGNFC Readers!  It's I Am Dust (Klaaxxtended Paartikle) and the earcandy is available for you below.  Thanks for the exclusive Gord!  Was great meeting you both at the Meet in Portland!

 

 

Many thanks to Jim Z. for your generous donation to the NAGNFC!  Despite the suggestions from readers to do so, I haven't placed a 'Donate' link on the site like Wikipedia or other sites do, as I always thought it would be tacky.  Despite this, a few NAGNFC readers still ask how they can donate funds, their time or donate in many other ways.  Now that's dedication!!  I'm humbled by your belief in the NAGNFC cause and what we all accomplish on this site.  Thank you!

 

 

Blue Moose Tap House

November 5, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Blue Moose Tap House

November 5, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Blue Moose Tap House

November 5, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

The next update will happen this week, with more Numan spottings and a proper homage celebrating 25 years of the NAGNFC this month.  Stay tuned!

 

 

Blue Moose Tap House

November 5, 2014

 

November 5, 2014

 

Gary played his final Canadian date for over a year Monday night on Garry Street in Winnipeg.  It was Gary's first show in the city.  Although at the VIP meet, he wasn't sure if it was his first time in town, and asked me for sure if it was.

 

 

Winnipeg Garrick Centre

November 3, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

The VIP Meet-and-Greet was made up of 11 people from all over Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and even Minneapolis.  One VIPer brought a small Korg synth for Gary to sign.  It looked like an old Moog with all the wires and knobs, but was a recent model with USB output and patches.  Gary was really enamored with it, calling it a synthesizer for Hobbits!  

 

 

Winnipeg Garrick Centre

November 3, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

The soundcheck for this sold out performance was stunning, and was followed up by a preshow party of about 20 people at the nearby Second Cup coffee shop.  Was pretty awesome to hang with another knowledgeable music blogger. Jodi runs the popular and definitive Robin Finck fan site. Her stories about following and hanging with NIN as we walked the streets of Winnipeg and shared brownies were mesmerizing. She even sat in front of Gary Numan at NIN's Irvine show this summer!

 

 

Winnipeg Garrick Centre

November 3, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

It would be the last night Nim Vind would open for Gary.  They said they never even met Numan at all on this tour until this last night with the tour.  They put on a really fun performance, and all three were wicked musicians.  The awesome drummer was particularly popular with the audience.  He even started to shake the hands from the stage whom were following the tour every night, dedicating songs to us.   Sadly, the lead singer picked up a virus in Saskatoon and was feeling its effects on stage.  He didn't/couldn't sing many of the words and left many of the vocals to the drummer.  The sick lead singer announced a drum solo after which he disappeared from the stage for good.  Definitely an anti-climactic end for Nim Vind on this leg of the Splinter Tour.

 

 

 

Radioactive Man

Nim Vind

 

Gary Numan's debut show in Winnipeg rocked the old film house, now the Garrick Centre.  The show sold out so the front metal barrier was removed to make more standing room space.  Everything was going incredibly well until the injuries.  First my friend Joey stuck his hand about four feet into Gary's space and got clipped (understandable).  Then Tim Muddiman's face was sliced by Gary's guitar.  He immediately left the stage, where stage manager Oren was waiting with a towel for the blood and a bandage.  To our relief, Tim returned strong as ever and killed it for the rest of the now ironic song Love, Hurt, BLEED

 

 

Winnipeg Garrick Centre

November 3, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Post Punk featured a particularly interesting video interview with Gary Numan about his approach to songwriting, and about the soundtrack to From Inside.  In an additional written interview, Gary spoke about IAMX opening for him in L.A. , other people he's worked with, about some of his images and the start of writing the new Numan record in January 2015.

 

 

 

 Gary plays this evening at the Iowa City Blue Moose Tap House.  Trouble Lights will open for Numan at 9:00 after the doors open at 8:00 pm.  Ages 19 and up.  Tickets are $25.  It will be Gary's historic first ever show in Iowa.

 

 

Winnipeg Garrick Centre

November 3, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Great review of the Pomono Glasshouse performance over at High Wire Daze Online.  He called Gary and absolute legend with a band that are on top of their game:

 

With the almighty Pure, you could bang your head into a frenzy with its driving metallic guitars and ferocious “Hey bitch, this is what you are” lyrical sentiments. Towards the end of the set, the one-two punch of Love Hurt Bleed and A Prayer For The Unborn sent the room spinning with its dazzling display of torment and despair.

The encore was positively riveting; with I Die You Die and Are Friends Electric? causing a massive sing-along amongst the Numan horde. And then closing out the festivities was My Last Day, permeating through the air with a devastating sense of triumph.

Gary Numan remains quite an imaginative performer, aggressive and intense, all over the stage conveying the brilliant lyrics with seething passion and conviction. A definitive renaissance to be sure, Numan’s live show is a gripping affair that is not to be missed! Combined with the cavernous Glass House and their superb sound system, Gary Numan’s mesmerizing set is sure to be remembered as one of the most memorable shows in the 909 this year.

 

 

Winnipeg Garrick Centre

November 3, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Sometimes, you awesome NAGNFC Readers send me some very cool packages full of Numan goodness.  DVDs, articles, even kind gifts.  Humble thanks!!  But I've just changed my address to a P.O. Box, something the NAGNFC hasn't done since 1991.  Anything sent to my old address will still get to me, but only for awhile longer.  Here is the new address:

 

Jim "The Machman" Napier

NAGNFC

P.O. Box 26

Buffalo, New York 14240-0026

USA

 

 

Aftershow Party

Winnipeg Kings Head Pub

November 3, 2014

Photography: bar staff

 

Gary said at the VIP Meet that he is unlikely to do any shows in 2015, with the possible exception of a couple of festival dates, such as Belgium in May.  He's taking time off to write the new album, the new book, collaborate with other artists, spend time with family for a change, and enjoy the fruits of his labor. It's been a very successful tour, his best-reviewed ever. But Gary feels it's time for new music, like the stuff he's already done with the soundtracks, with Vow, with Portafield, Jean-Michel Jarre and others.

 

 

Graphic artwork and shared by Stefan "Numanhuman" Jungklaus

 

Gary rapped with The Stranger in Seattle about his recent trip to Guadalupe Island to swim with sharks.  Lots of details and pictures from the trip!

 

 

Graphic artwork and shared by Stefan "Numanhuman" Jungklaus

 

VH1 Classic will be airing Sonisphere 2014 this Sunday at 8:00 EST!  There was a quick shot of Gary Numan in their commercial for the rebroadcast.

 

 

Shared by Louise

 

Well the show here in Iowa City begins soon so have to cut this update short.  Lots more updates tomorrow though.  See you then with pictures and news from tonight's performance.  It will be the last regular Gary Numan show until Hammersmith!

 

 

With the awesome Jodi, webmaster for Robin Finck's most popular fan site.

Winnipeg Kings Heads Pub

November 3, 2014

 

 

 

Hello to the Numanoids of the World!  Jim "The Machman" Napier coming at ya from the long Canadian road somewhere in the rough and pristine wilderness of Manitoba on the way to tonight's Gary Numan show in Winnipeg!  The distances in Canada are vast and internet in the wilderness is spotty, but here at last are all the updates from the tour so far as we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the North American Gary Numan Fan Club!

 

 

Enroute to the Winnipeg show

Wynyard, Saskatchewan

November 2, 2014

Photography: Joey Lindstrom

 

The VIP meet in Saskatoon was really casual as there were only 8 of us.  One of the 8 VIPers was a child of 6 years old.  Turns out he is a huge Gary Numan fan.  He rocked out, dancing around during Numan's soundcheck and kept saying this was the best day ever!  He even said as much to Gary who wanted a picture with the boy as well.  During the soundcheck, Gary and the band autographed a drum cover for him to keep.

 

 

Saskatoon O'Brians Event Centre

November 1, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Saskatoon O'Brians Event Centre

November 1, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Gary spoke with VIPers about the movie From Inside.  He told us that his and Ade's contributions to the film are in separate halves of the film.  Gary's music takes up the first half of the film until the slaughterhouse scene on the train cars when they crash into the buffaloes.  He says you can really tell the differences in the music.  And he held fast to what he's been saying, that Ade overall had very little contribution to the film's score.  Since the movie gets a little brighter before descending into chaos once more, one VIPer laughed that he could watch the first half of the film with Gary's music before the ending again starts to turn bleak.  I mentioned to Gary the films' creator John Bergin was in the first band signed to Trent Reznor's Interscope Records.  I was surprised he didn't know, and he seemed fascinated by that trivia.

 

 

Saskatoon O'Brians Event Centre

November 1, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Saskatoon O'Brians Event Centre

November 1, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Steve Harris, Tim Muddiman and Joey Lindstrom after the soundcheck

Saskatoon O'Brians Event Centre

November 1, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

The show was the most energetic of the tour as Gary brought the tunes to Saskatoon.  The quality of the sound was excellent.  Gary and the band were delivering massively in a way I hadn't seen on this tour.  What was the most impressive was that the crowd seemed entirely made up of ardent diehard Numan fans.  This is because promoter Union Events, hired to do the job of promoting these shows, left the task up to the venue.  Up until a week ago, Saskatoon's entertainment weekly listed Numan's show at a wrong place up at the university instead of at the O'Brians Event Centre.  SO the only people who even knew about this show were fans who checked out this site, Gary Numan's site, or by word of mouth.  People were literally passing the venue only to buy a ticket after hearing Gary Numan was playing.  Not that there were any posters or any indication Gary was playing there that evening.  Nothing.  So the crowd were all made up of Gary's most appreciative fans, all 300 of them.  If only there were some promotion, the 1000 capacity venue would surely have sold out.  I sadly thought about people in the area who would've gone to see Numan if only they'd known.  Meanwhile, people around me were literally commenting how cool the concert was during the entire show.

 

 

Saskatoon O'Brians Event Centre

November 1, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Saskatoon O'Brians Event Centre

November 1, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Saskatoon O'Brians Event Centre

November 1, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Gemma wandered into the crowd to help the Numan fans of Saskatchewan cheer for Numan.  She spent much of the time talking with fans and taking pictures with them.  She spoke a few moments with a couple there from England.  She came up to me in the front at one point to pinch my bum.  When I turned around Gemma lifted my hand and kissed it, only to disappear into the crowd once more.  Meanwhile, Gary started to notice her mingling with the crowd which made him smile.

 

 

Gemma mingling with us in the audience

Saskatoon O'Brians Event Centre

November 1, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Gemma mingling with us in the audience

Saskatoon O'Brians Event Centre

November 1, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Gary's show in Edmonton took place on Halloween.  I knew it was going to be a crazy night but I didn't know just how crazy it would be.  There were about 6 VIPs at Edmonton's Union Hall to meet Gary.

 

 

 

Edmonton Union Hall soundcheck

October 31, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Edmonton Union Hall

October 31, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Once on stage, Gary mentioned later that anything that could go wrong did go wrong.  It was a smaller stage, so Gary kept inadvertently banging his hands on the drum cymbals.  During one song, Gary somehow became attached to Tim's bass who practically dragged Gary across the stage toward him.  At one point, one of Gary's in-ear monitors gave out.  And this may be a first, but Gary had to leave the stage to use the facilities.  The lights never went down and the crowd was never the wiser to any of it.  The band started to jam live.  Keyboards, guitar, bass and drums, all jamming in real time brilliantly with each other for the impromptu delay.  Speculation ran rampant.  Was this the beginnings of a new Numan track?  Was it a new intro to a song?  The crowd were buzzing, but soon enough Gary took to the stage to continue the excellent show.

 

 

Edmonton Union Hall

October 31, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Drummer Frank gets into the Halloween spirit

Edmonton Union Hall

October 31, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

I was right in front in Edmonton but I didn't notice anything amiss.  It was only when Gary described what happened that I knew the drama going on during the show.  The band, stage manager Oren, the roadies and tour manager Dave accepted an invitation to an all night house party after the show.  While there, they all jammed together into the night with their conventional instruments, and even a theremin.  'Twas a memorable night for all.

 

 

Numan's stage manager Oren jams with the impromptu band on a theremin after the show

Edmonton

October 31, 2014

 

Numan visited the Flames Central on Thursday.  The venue was large, very spiffy and new-looking.  The decor was reminiscent of a hockey arena, with clear hockey panels separating the bar area from the stage show.  Large statues of some of the Calgary Flames' most revered players stood tall and proud. 

 

 

Calgary Flames Central

October 30, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Calgary Flames Central

October 30, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Calgary Flames Central

October 30, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 The preshow party was the biggest one I'd seen for some time.  Local Numan fans Joey and Pete helped put together a preshow of 80 attendees across the street at the National & 8th Bar.  Many of the crowd were made up of Joey and Pete's friends and family there just to see what all the Numan fuss was about, and to see the rare visit by Numan to their hometown after 34 years had gone by since Gary's last visit.  People only had to tell the hostess in the front they were with the North American Gary Numan Fan Club group, and she would escort them toward our party.  And with a deal set up with Myles at Flames Central, the NAGNFC preshow party group would get special access for free inside the venue after the paid VIPs, but before the general public.

 

 

Calgary Flames Central

October 30, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Calgary Flames Central

October 30, 2014

Photography: Dave Dupuis

 

The quality of the sound from this quality venue was like earcandy.  The venue looked full from the floor to the rafters as Gary Numan and his band put the "Gary" in "Calgary", if only for one evening.  Thanks to Joey and Michelle for the pickup from the airport!  Gary did mention an incident involving a couple of security guys in cowboy hats.  Readers have been asking me what happened, so here's the scoop.  There were a couple of guys near the front to Gary's left enjoying the show, dancing and displaying affection toward each other.  This prompted the two security guys to taunt them pretty hard.  At one point, they were ejected from the show for the crime of being gay.  Gary and the rest of us were just as surprised as we were disappointed this could still happen in 2014, and Numan later publicly apologized on social media to those gentlemen on behalf of the security detail at the show.

 

 

Calgary Flames Central

October 30, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Calgary Flames Central

October 30, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Michael A. was very kind to pick me up from the airport in Vancouver on the day of the Numan show.  Michael showed me around a very beautiful city and covered our lunch (Thanks Michael, you're very lucky to live there)!  The Olympic Stadium, Stanley Park and all the new condos were beyond impressive, as are the surrounding mountains. 

 

 

Vancouver Rickshaw Theatre

October 29, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Vancouver Rickshaw Theatre

October 29, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

But the show at the Rickshaw Theatre was in a very small two square block area of impressive poverty.  Just the next block from the venue, there existed a virtual tent city right on the sidewalk. Blankets were laid out with items for sale.  For visitors like me, the locals were too zombified to mess with strangers, even at night.  Gary described the rats, the dealings in the alleys and the needles visible everywhere.  That said, the Rickshaw Theatre was really nice once the metal gate was lifted, and tour manager Dave invited the 16 VIPs inside.  Whoever paid for the VIP experience got every penny's worth that evening, if only to escape the street for a time.

 

 

Vancouver Rickshaw Theatre

October 29, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Vancouver Rickshaw Theatre

October 29, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Michael A. is a well-known artist in Vancouver, and brought quite a large and cool framed etching for the Webb's household.  Unbeknownst to him, another artist who was a VIP for the Numan show also brought a large piece of art he'd painted and framed.  Gary remembered him from the last piece the artist gave to him, saying it was proudly displayed at his home in Los Angeles now!  Turns out Michael and the other artist were already friends on Facebook, but for their art, not for their Gary Numan fandom.  Small world!

 

 

Vancouver Rickshaw Theatre

October 29, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Gary and the band performed an excellent set for us.  They were well-rested after the 13-hour tour bus trip from Vancouver.  By now the new set list had become somewhat standardized with slight changes from night to night.  Songs now included A Shadow Falls on Me, Absolution, Dead Son Rising (Sonoio Remix), Films, When The Sky Bleeds He Will Fall and others.  When he first came out to play for us, he shouted to me in the front, "Where were you at the VIP?".  I'd told Dave I wouldn't be at the Seattle VIP, but Numan hadn't received the word.  It was the first time a Gary Numan show started with a conversation between us!  LOL!

 

 

Vancouver Rickshaw Theatre

October 29, 2014

Photography: Dave Dupuis

 

Gary played Seattle's Neptune Theatre on Wednesday.  Nim Vind had trouble at the border on the way to play their first gig with Gary on this tour.  Despite being within the limit to export goods (about 40 shirts to sell in Seattle), the guy at US Customs still gave them a hard time.  They had to hide the merch they had in some nearby bushes near the border, then show up in Seattle without anything to sell!  Luckily their merch was still there in the bushes upon their return for the Vancouver show, and it hadn't rained too much.

 

 

Seattle Neptune Theater

October 28, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

The show in Seattle was packed full of enthusiastic Numan fans!  Many told me about the show at Numo's that I'd missed before.  They said it was a great show but was way too small a venue for Numan.  It had sold out months in advance and they were packed in like sardines.  Cool venue name though!

 

 

Seattle Neptune Theater

October 28, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

This and Portland were shows that would see Gary trying different songs from night to night, a trend that would continue through Canada.  And it was our introduction to Nim Vind, whose speedy riffs garnered much praise throughout the crowd.  All agreed the three were excellent musicians. 

 

 

Seattle Neptune Theater

October 28, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

After the show, Rebecca, and her husband and I, found a cool little bar to chat about Numan before their trip back to Birmingham.  It began to rain, so I gave her my top hat to wear on the way to my nearby rental car to drive them back to their hotel before I wandered off into the night towards the Canadian border and my hotel at 1 in the morning to do laundry and grasp at sleep.

 

 

Seattle Neptune Theater

October 28, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Check out the Facebook Group Gary Numan - In Print!  Members there share rare clippings that are official and some that are just rare and lost in time.  I guarantee there are magazine ads, promo material or other goodies related to Numan there that you have never seen before!

 

 

Seattle Neptune Theatre

October 28, 2014

 

I've been speaking with Numan Tour keyboardist and Splinter Art Director Josh Giroux.  He told me that he's been trying to talk Gary Numan into pulling out one of his Minimoogs from storage to play during the London Hammersmith performance this month.  I told Josh it would mean so much to a large segment of his fans if he did this.  I asked him about it the next day, and Josh told me it looks very likely this is going to happen!

 

 

Vancouver Rickshaw Theatre

October 29, 2014

Photography: Nim Vind

 

Readers have also asked me what happened with Kitten, who bowed out of the Numan Tour's opening slot 12 days before the first date in Pomona.  It seems the band, who opened for Gary last year at Santa Ana's Observatory, is well known for their internal band struggles.  This would explain why they gave up a starting band's wet dream to open for Numan when they have a new album to promote they just released in June, and when their next advertized date of their own doesn't occur until November 26.

 

 

 Cool cover of Are 'Friends' Electric? by New Party Army!  It is part of their new album Songs of Pain & Absolution.  You can purchase it direct from the self-monikered "electro metal noise merchants" here!

 

 

Pomona Glasshouse

October 23, 2014

Photography: Tim Eilers

 

I knew you would come through for Tim's campaign pledge to raise funds for his new project as Tim Muddiman & The Strange!  Tim is now at 109% of the total thanks to you!  Donating to the cause was very popular thanks to the bennies that Tim threw your way for helping the cause!

 

 

Graphic art by Mark Kemp

 

Quick update this time as the Winnipeg show is about to begin!  Tomorrow is a free day so I'll update the site again with tons of reviews from this tour, and some words about the 25th Anniversary of the NAGNFC this week.  See ya then!

 

 

 

 

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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    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