Volume 24    April 2015    Issue 230

 

Serving Numanoids for a Quarter Century 

 

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Breaking News

 

April 14, 2015

 

For those who haven't yet purchased their day pass to see Gary Numan at the Ink-n-Iron Festival in Long Beach in June, you may want to grab yours soon.  They will soon stop making available the day passes so that fans will have only the three-day pass left available for purchase.  However the $70 VIP Pass option for the day will remain an option after this happens.  (Hat Tip: Mike H. in Los Angeles)

 

 

Numan fans protest at Radio One

1986

 

Speaking of music festivals, Gary Numan bassist Tim Muddiman and his band The Strange will be performing May 30 at the Camden Rocks Festival on May 30, where they will play the Hawley Arms at 3 pm.  Protofield with Numan opener Jayce Lewis will also be performing there.  Tickets are £30 plus booking fee.

 

 

April 13, 2015

 

The British Film Institute spoke with Gary Numan about his passion for Sci-Fi.  The video interview is from June, but they just posted it on their Facebook page today (and I thought I procrastinated)!  (Hat Tip: Adrian L)

 

 

Edited by and thanks to Kristin Harris who gave me this fun pic to share with you!

 

Arrangements are being put into plan for a Steve Strange New Romantic Festival on Halloween of this year at the Porthcawl Pavilion.  More updates about the event will be forthcoming on the NAGNFC, but this looks to be a can't-miss event.  The Festival will literally be an extravaganza of VIP guests as well as lots of surprises.  Involved with the event are Amanda Lloyd (PA for Steve Strange), Kim Smith (close friend), Tanya Harrington (Steve Strange's sister), Gill Harrington (Steve Strange's mother), and Jayce Lewis who recently opened for Gary Numan (close friend).  Once Amanda has more details, I'll share them with you here on the NAGNFC.  (Hat Tip: Mark Fowler and all involved)

 

 

 

On the plane back to America

March 29, 2015

 

Numan's friend Marilyn Manson, who performed with Gary on stage in Los Angeles with a duet of Down In The Park,  was punched in the face at a Lethbridge, Alberta Denny's at 2:30 am after his live show.  A guy claimed that he made a disparaging comment about a fellow patron's girlfriend.  The girlfriend had asked for a picture with Marilyn before he even had the chance to sit down.  Manson is always gracious with autographs and pictures whenever asked, but there was a misunderstanding, and Marilyn was Grand Slammed.  No charges were filed and the managers of the Denny's have offered no comment.

 

 

Marc Sallis and Gemma Webb

March 27, 2015

 

Fans have been raving about Tim Muddiman and the Strange's new single Wildwood Stone.  Some have even told me they find it so catchy, they are going to campaign their local radio stations to play the single.  I agree their single is quite good, so well done to Tim and the band for their new single and video.  Check it out for yourself below!

 

 

 

We've all seen synthesizer bands, but yesterday I and 50 others got the chance to see a performance on an old-school Moog Synthesizer by David Borden, whose hands created the very first Moogs and Minimoogs with their inventor here in Ithaca back in the late 1960s.  His band, Mother Mallard Portable Masterpiece Co., was the world's first synthesizer ensemble.  Before the performance, David's visual presentation included stories about Robert Moog and their time in the first Moog factory here.  (His son Gabe was in my high school health class and was a bit of a goof but in a good way!  Gabe now plays in the Mother Mallard band!).  It was held in the Tompkins County Historical Museum who've hosted quite an extensive number of displays about Moog for the past few months, including Moogs you can play with (I loved playing them!), as well as vintage photos from his time here in my hometown.  The next NAGNFC update will include my pictures of this event yesterday as well as future Moog events planned throughout the spring.  Next week, a free workshop is scheduled where anyone interested can build their own synthesizer.  All parts are free!  On May 16, a huge 12 hour long Moog Birthday Bash is scheduled with Moog Beer, a huge Moog cake, special guests including original Moog artists like Herb Deutsch and more employees from the Moog factory, more interactive displays, live bands on vintage Moog synths and more!  Stay tuned for extensive coverage on this celebration of Robert Moog, and the instrument he created that made Gary Numan famous.

 

 

David Borden

Moog Factory

Ithaca, New York

1967

 

 

 

 

 

Hello to the Numanoids of the World!  Jim "The Machman" Napier back from the UK to see Our Friend Electric at the Royal Festival Hall!  As always, the NAGNFC gives you a backstage glimpse from the RFH before and after the show like no one else on the World Wide Webb.  Hey, it's what I do!  You may want to bring a lunch, there's a lot to see!  Ready?  Let's do this.....

 

Gary Numan played London's prestigious Royal Festival Hall on March 20.  It is a place that normally hosts classic music.  The place was massive.  So massive, it was the first time I saw signage for a Numan venue from the Tube!  On the walk there, I saw my friends Luc, Kenneth and Patrick who'd just driven there from Belgium and France.  I had a blast joining them for the drive from Europe in November. 

 

 

Gary meets fans before the show

London Royal Festival Hall

March 20, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

London Royal Festival Hall

March 20, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

There were many levels to the building.  In the main entrance, one could see coffee shops, Numan's merch desk and tables that stretched the length of the building. 

 

 

Scott "We Are Numan' Robertson gets his back signed

London Royal Festival Hall

March 20, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

London Royal Festival Hall

March 20, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

I didn't see anyone I recognized, but before long, Numan's fans were welcoming me.  Tour Manager Dave Dupuis was on tour with his own band Nightmare Air, so Numan's manager Marc Sellis was there to corral the VIP Meet-and-Greeters.  We were directed upstairs into some labyrinth hallways and into a room where before long, Mr. Gary Numan would appear to speak with us!

 

 

Gary and I speak with fans at the VIP Meet-and-Greet after it was over

London Royal Festival Hall

March 20, 2015

Photography: Louise Barnes

 

 

Gary with my friend Jackie, who kindly gave me one of the T-shirts she was wearing

London Royal Festival Hall

March 20, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

People were there from all over the UK, and many had brought gifts for him.  As always, fans around the world gave me items to give him or have him sign for them.  I love helping Numanoids!  Everyone was given a special poster of the show instead of VIP laminates this time.  There was no need for them really as this was a seated show, so no need to get in first.

 

 

Jim "The Machman" Napier and Gary Numan

London Royal Festival Hall

March 20, 2015

Photography: Louise Barnes

 

 

Jim "The Machman" Napier and Gary Numan

London Royal Festival Hall

March 20, 2015

Photography: Louise Barnes

 

Gary told me he didn't like the fact this was a seated show.  This was the only seated show Gary would play in decades, if you don't count the Tucson Rialto show on 3/14/15 when Gary and his management had it out with the owner about removing the seats.  Numan had Twittered a plea for his fans to stand up at the RFH.

 

 

London Royal Festival Hall soundcheck

March 20, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

London Royal Festival Hall soundcheck

March 20, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

After the meet, we saw the venue where the band were already on stage.  Tim Muddiman shook my hand and thanked me for the promotion of his own new music on the NAGNFC.  I said hello to Steve who said he was excited to play this evening.  Richard shouted a greeting too!  As Gary and the band performed the soundcheck, the small group of us were privy to some of the different tracks Gary would be performing this evening.  I was so flattered that he sang "The Machman"!  Thanks Gary!

 

 

Pressure (first performance since 2010)

Everything Comes Down To This

Remind Me To Smile (first performance since 2009)

My Jesus (first performance since 2009)

Here In The Black

Bombers (first performance since 2012)

The Machman (first performance since 2008)

Dark (first performance since 2006)

Down In The Park

Prophecy (first performance since 2004)

I Am Dust

Cars

We're The Unforgiven

Love, Hurt, Bleed

My Shadow In Vain (first performance since 2011)

Are 'Friends' Electric?

Jo The Waiter

A Prayer For The Unborn

I Die: You Die

 

After the soundcheck, a friend and I walked to the Wellington.  We were greeted the moment we walked in by a couple of Numan fans who pointed out where the party was.  It was pretty crowded, mostly with Numan's fans, but eventually I made my way to the main party where people offered hands to shake, Numan-related DVDs for me and drinks from the bar. 

 

 

London Royal Festival Hall soundcheck

March 20, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

London Royal Festival Hall soundcheck

March 20, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

London Royal Festival Hall soundcheck

March 20, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

London Royal Festival Hall soundcheck

March 20, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Steve Harris ran up to me during the soundcheck for this silly picture

London Royal Festival Hall soundcheck

March 20, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

London Royal Festival Hall soundcheck

March 20, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

 

London Royal Festival Hall soundcheck

March 20, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Many of the fans set up a cash pool for anyone who would name which song Gary would perform first.  I disqualified myself, already having seen the setlist.  :-)

 

 

Preshow party at the Wellington

March 20, 2015

 

 

Preshow party at the Wellington

March 20, 2015

 

 

Preshow party at the Wellington

March 20, 2015

Photography: Di Bolam 

 

 

Preshow party at the Wellington with Keith

March 20, 2015

 

We were having so much fun, that I'd lost track of time.  Opening band Digits would be onstage within minutes.  I stole away by myself to head to the Royal Festival Hall.  I happened upon a Subway on the way when I remembered I hadn't eaten all day.  Su S. walked in to say hi, followed by a large group of other Numan fans!  I'd brought the party with me to Subway! 

 

 

Preshow party at the Wellington

March 20, 2015

 

 

Outside the Wellington 

March 20, 2015

 

 

Preshow party at the Wellington with Pete

March 20, 2015

 

As we walked inside the venue, Digits were already on stage.  They were a 2-piece band of synthesizers and electronics.  People seemed to enjoy them.

 

 

Preshow party at the Wellington

March 20, 2015

 

 

 

Preshow party at the Wellington

March 20, 2015

 

 

Before Gary came on, someone had dropped a package of Numan items for me from the upper level!  I got a chance to speak with some more fun Numanoids about the upcoming documentary, the Hammersmith DVD and other topics.

 

 

London Royal Festival Hall

March 20, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

London Royal Festival Hall

March 20, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

London Royal Festival Hall

March 20, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

 

London Royal Festival Hall

March 20, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

I raced back to my seat as the lights came down, as the sold-out crowd of more than 4000 came alive.  They didn't waste any time with intros.  With only 90 minutes to play with on stage this time, the band went straight into Pressure.  Gary Numan sounded great, and it was really cool to hear his voice so strong after nearly cancelling his last show at the Hammersmith.

 

 

 

London Royal Festival Hall

March 20, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

London Royal Festival Hall

March 20, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

London Royal Festival Hall

March 20, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

 

London Royal Festival Hall

March 20, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

The setlist encompassed nearly every facet of Gary's career, from the six Tubeway Army songs to the 4 Splinter songs.  Each person I spoke with after the gig was happy with the quality of the show and the set list.  All Gary's managers also had much to do with the lighting, which was spectacular.  After I returned I told Tour Manager Dave Dupuis in person how excellent the lights were.  He said there was some worry, so he was happy to learn they pleased the crowd.

 

 

London Royal Festival Hall

March 20, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

London Royal Festival Hall

March 20, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

London Royal Festival Hall

March 20, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

 

London Royal Festival Hall

March 20, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Some American fans wanted some T-shirts, so I spoke with the awesome Miles and Baz at the merch table and secured my multi-T shirted purchase.  They actually let me have any of the cool posters behind them advertizing the merchandise!  Collector's items indeed!  Thanks guys!!

 

 

London Royal Festival Hall

March 20, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

London Royal Festival Hall

March 20, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

London Royal Festival Hall

March 20, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

 

London Royal Festival Hall

March 20, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

I then went outside, around to the side of the building.  There was a hidden button which opened a door which revealed a woman at a front desk.  I flashed an access pass and she opened up another door and pointed me toward an elevator.  I went upstairs to the Official Gary Numan Aftershow Party.  I got a chance to rave to the band how great they were.  And I was excited to meet John Webb for the first time, which was a thrill.  John was a really happy-go-lucky guy, always smiling and laughing.  Very approachable and amenable.  He had an American hat on from his recent trip there (featured in the March update below). It was like looking into a mirror!

 

 

London Royal Festival Hall

March 20, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

London Royal Festival Hall

March 20, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

London Royal Festival Hall

March 20, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

 

London Royal Festival Hall

March 20, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 Gary seemed really happy too, laughing with everyone around him.  I don't think I'd ever seen him having a better time.  He saw me and gave me very happy, smiling nod.  I didn't expect to see Chris McCormack there.  I asked him if he was still working with Adam Ant, to which he mused "Fuck No".  I recognized a couple who were there from Canada.  It was good to know I wasn't the only one who flew halfway around the world to be here.

 

 

London Royal Festival Hall

March 20, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

London Royal Festival Hall

March 20, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

London Royal Festival Hall

March 20, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

 

London Royal Festival Hall

March 20, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Saffron from Republica was also there as a friend of Gemma's.  It was great to meet her.  She was super friendly.  Saffron said it was cool that we finally got to meet.  I had no idea she knew me.  I'm a fan of Republica all over again now!

 

 

London Royal Festival Hall

March 20, 2015

 

 

London Royal Festival Hall

March 20, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

London Royal Festival Hall

March 20, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

 

London Royal Festival Hall

March 20, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

The venue staff eventually kicked everyone out.  Just as well.  It was the only Aftershow Party I'd ever been to where drinks were not being served.  There were many family and guests, and only one working elevator, so we could only get back down 9 or 10 at a time.  Gary made it down last as the entourage walked toward the street accompanied by about 10 fans who'd waited this long to get an autograph, which Gary happily obliged.

 

 

Happy 50th Birthday John Webb from the NAGNFC! 

 

As if to continue the party, Gary shouted, "What are we doing now?"  Before long they were in taxis.  It was super late and I was still on USA time, so decided to walk back to my Intercontinental Park Lane hotel as the Tube had just stopped running.  I walked over the Thames River with the Royal Festival Hall still looming large behind me.  This was an amazing and successful day.  Definitely worth the trip here.  I disappeared into the London night still singing The Machman.

 

 

Gary Numan and Marc Sallis

London Royal Festival Hall

March 20, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

 

London Royal Festival Hall

March 20, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Next up is Gary Numan's performance in sunny Long Beach, California on June 14.  It will take place right near the Queen Mary.  I'm looking forward to this.  After what happened with the Icelandic volcano, Gary will finally play a music festival in California!  Many readers have let me know they'll be there as well.

 

 

Raven

March 2015 

 

 

Echo

March 2015 

 

 

 

Gemma as Andy Warhol

March 2015 

 

The Tampa Bay Times told their readers yesterday why Gary Numan isn't just a one-hit wonder as many Americans are prone to believe.  Reporter Kevin Wuench It's great to see such an informed article in a mainstream American newspaper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good to know I'm not the only one with a late review!  MusicOMH only posted theirs two days ago.  Max Raymond offers an enthusiastic review of the performance, going into great details for those who weren't there that special night.  And his final words are some of the best I'd ever seen in a review that highlights how lucky we are Gary is still performing.  (Hat Tip: Brian H):

 

Gary Numan is never going to be a crowd-pleaser (he has, and presumably will continue to, make his own path regardless of expectations) but it’s still a treat to see a true pioneer of modern music, especially one that has been going for over three decades, perform with such energy and vibrancy.











The York band Stickybackplastics have just released their second EP Reptile Smile on Friday.  You can download it for free along with a bonus remix of Psycho Dreamer by Tim Muddiman.  The other tracks are Don't Say That You Love Me, You Told Me and Sick Man.



The Huffington Post in the UK included quite a special Royal Festival Hall review from Mik Scarlett, who opened for Gary Numan in the early 90s.  In the NAGNFC, I reported the fact that he appeared to the crowd in a wheelchair.  This review is from a real fan and a friend of Gary.  He describes meeting a Gary who was very unsure about his future then, as the crowds were dwindling each year.  But he also said there was no doubt that after watching Numan perform this year, that he was back with a vengeance:

 If you have never seen Gary Numan, or haven't seen him since his glory days, you have really missed out. If you get the chance, take it and treat yourself. His modern music is as good as anything he released way back when, and live his shows are fueled by passion and enthusiasm. His music was described as cold but I never saw this myself, and this show proved me right. Not only did I get to relive the music of my youth but I was infected with the new found love of what it meant to be a Numan fan, just as Gary has found a new pride and love for what he does. A great night and I am not ashamed to say that ever since his CD's have been rocking my car. So if you have been in Camden Town recently and heard rather loud singing coming out of a red Astra, that was me. I can't wait for the next show now! 



Santa Ana Observatory with Liz after my Android interview
September 4, 2013







Hanging with Paul and his son after the show
London Royal Festival Hall
March 20, 2015
Photography: Pamela C

Strictly Come Dancing star Anton Du Beke is touring his new show, That's Entertainment.  The Leicester Mercury spoke with him about the first concert he ever attended.  Anton spoke about seeing Gary Numan back then, and the weirdness he encountered.

ANTON: What do I remember about the night? The traffic. You couldn't get in or out of the place. There was also lots of people being a bit weird, dressed up like Gary Numan. I didn't really understand that.















Gigwise was downright ecstatic about the Royal Festival Hall show (it's good to see I'm not the only website reviewing a Numan show this time!).  They hailed what they saw as a triumphant evening of classics and new stuff alike from the inventor of NIN's sound:

His voice, more profound and less reedy than in the Tubeway Army days, cuts through the band’s deep industrial tones impressively. The heavier tone is set and remains for the first five songs of the evening. But then 1979’s 'Bombers' marks a slight return to the Numan of old, still darkly metallic but with the familiar synth lines making their first meaningful contribution to the night’s entertainment.



The band relax before the show
London Royal Festival Hall
March 20, 2015




Gemma, her father, Gary Numan



My friend Karl Heard aka Kalkulus is staying busy this year!  While his other releases have included a number of his influences, Karl's newest EP is a straight-up Gary Numan cover CD called Photograph.  Tracks will include Random, Cars, Photograph and Metal.  Good luck with your newest project from your friends at the NAGNFC!



Gary Numan's Tour Manager Dave Dupuis finished a nationwide tour with his band Nightmare Air on Friday at the Slingshot Festival in Athens, Georgia and the NAGNFC was there to capture the evening.  I met up with Dave (vocals/guitar), Jim Vincent (drummer) who was an engineer for Gary Numan's Splinter Tour, and Dave's fiancée Swan.  Dave told me some interesting stories about Gary Numan on tour.  And he said that since I posted their tour poster, they've actually had a handful of Numan's fans turn up each night of the tour.



Jim from Nightmare Air gets help setting up before the show
March 27, 2015
Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier




Between song banter with Nightmare Air
March 27, 2015
Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier


The band and I took turns buying drinks until their Festival photo shoot, then after watching some other bands with them, it was their turn to take the stage.  I loved their performance.  Much of the stage aura was very Numanish with the fog bathed in color.  And it worked. 



Preshow photo shoot for the festival
March 27, 2015
Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier


I was really impressed with the entire band.  Dave has an especially brilliant stage performance.  Never knew he could move like that!  It was a great festival all around, but Nightmare Air was a definite highlight!  I recommend seeing them if they're ever in your neck of the woods!



Dave Dupuis, Jim "The Machman" Napier, Jim Vincent, Swan
Slingshot Festival
Athens, Georgia
March 28, 2015



Happy Birthday Echo!  That's quite a cake!







According to Buzzfeed, 8 Marvel Superheroes have been reimagined as Post-Punk Rock Stars.  Included are musicians such as The Hulk as Morrissey, Iron Man as Mark Mothersbaugh, or Spiderman as Ian Curtis.  Also included is Vision as Gary Numan. Hat Tip to the multitude of Numan's fans who let me in on this!  Julie H. filled me in on this site where you can grab a T-shirt of this awesomeness!



Thanks to all the true Numan fans of the World for helping make this one of the best issues of the NAGNFC ever!  You are all superstars!  Really loved Stefan Jungklaus' logo this month.  You are a true artist!  It's going to be a busy month for me with different concerts all over the place, including 5 in Toronto, 1 in Buffalo and 2 in Orlando, Florida at the Hard Rock in Universal Theme Park.  I've felt a bit like Jeremy Clarkson this week for good reason.  But I heard even he's returning to the BBC after all?

'Til next time!

 

                           Jim "The Machman" Napier





Now it's all over for sure
I'll walk back home
London Royal Festival Hall
March 20, 2015
Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

  

 

 

 

Breaking News

 

March 18, 2015

 

Gary Numan, Gemma, John Webb & wife, and Beryl & Tony just arrived back in the UK on Friday.  Gary and the band are rehearsing the new songs with the band until a very special show this Friday.  Tim Muddiman just tweeted to let everyone know how excited he is to be on board for what will prove to be a memorable performance from Our Friend Electric.

 

 

Cleaning up after the zombie attack.  Zombies tend to be rather messy.

Making of Zombie 1985 (see below for details on this movie)!

March 9, 2015

 

Gary will answer your questions for a live webchat tomorrow at 1 pm GMT on The Guardian site.  Simply post your question for Gary in the comments on their site for consideration for the chat.  He'll answer as many questions as time allows.  There are less than 100 questions posted so far, so he may just answer your question to him tomorrow! (Hat Tip: Brian H)

 

 

Wilbur just had an X-ray done on his injured leg, but so far so good

 

The Londonist tells their readers about everything going on in London.  Of the hundreds of events going on in London this week, they recommend the Gary Numan show at Royal Festival Hall, which they tell their readers is "guaranteed to be mind-blowing".

 

 

Vintage dress for Valentine's Day

 

 

Hello to the Numanoids of the World!  Jim "The Machman" Napier here in New York and packing for the trip overseas to see Our Friend Electric play downtown London in the historic and prestigious Royal Festival Hall on the Thames!  I'm staying at a hotel between Buckingham Palace and Hyde Park, and people are mailing items to the hotel they requested me to get signed for them.  As always, happy to serve the fellow Numanoids!  I'll be in England for a few days after the show before jetting to Spain, Chicago and then home.  But for now, on with a fashionably late update for this little fansite that is either the #2 or #3 search for 'Numan' on Google UK, depending on which day you're looking.  You like me, you really like me!!

 

Of course the big news is what may be Gary's only UK performance in 2015 this Friday.  While Gary surprised us at Hammersmith with four songs he doesn't normally play, Gary has told us to expect something "quite different to Hammersmith, lots of rare things, new versions of classics".  The opening band will be Digits, whom will be the first act from Toronto to open for Gary Numan since Nash the Slash.  This may be Gary Numan's only full gig as a 57 year old, an age he just turned on March 8th, so everyone join me in wishing Gary a HAPPY BIRTHDAY from the NAGNFC and the readers!

 

 

 

The preshow meetup is still at the Wellington Hotel at 81-83 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8UD (phone 0207 9286083).  It's casual as the show is seated, so party with us at the Wellington, then show up at the gig at your leisure.  Thanks to Ju WIlliamson for putting the preshow party together for us.

 

 

On the very day Gary plays London, the city will experience its deepest, darkest solar eclipse in 16 years. Even shadows will cast differently during this solar eclipse as the skies of this ancient city will noticeably darken in wait for the dark arts of Gary Numan as he plays music as obscure and rare as this solar event.

 

I've been waiting here
Waiting for faith
And the word to fall.
Now the darkness comes
And I'll pray for
The end of us all....

Don't let the light shine on me
I am the poison that feeds life to you
Don't let the light shine on me
I am the demon that waits inside you
Don't let the light shine on me
I am the ghost that reminds death of you
Don't let the light shine on me
I am the darkness that crawls into you...

 

Dark (1998)

Gary Numan

Don't let the light shine on me
I am the ghost that reminds death of you
Don't let the light shine on me
I am the darkness that crawls into you

'Dark' (1997)
Gary Numan

 

Don't let the light shine on me
I am the ghost that reminds death of you
Don't let the light shine on me
I am the darkness that crawls into you

'Dark' (1997)

Gary will be playing the Ink & Iron Festival Kustom Kulture Festival in Long Beach, California on June 14 at Queen Mary Park.  The Festival has saved the best bands for last when Peter Murphy will open for Gary Numan.  My friend Oren, who is Stage Manager for both artists, will be there.  The entire lineup is actually quite good, so this 3-day event is not to be missed!  Tickets for the day that Numan will perform are $42.50, but if you're making the effort to go, I highly recommend shelling out for the $70 VIP ticket which include lounge access, air-conditioned restrooms and other VIP comforts.  The NAGNFC will be there to provide exclusive pictures and a review.

 

 

I get asked literally every day from someone around the world about the release of the London Hammersmith show on DVD.  I wish I had confirmed news to report about this much-awaited release.  I know you all are eager and anxious to get your hot paws on a copy, so when I receive the faintest whisper of anything I hear about the Hammersmith DVD, I promise you will be the first to know.  Stay tuned!

 

 

Happy Mother's Day to Beryl!

Los Angeles

March 15, 2015

 

Speaking of DVDs, 'From Inside' was officially released in the UK on March 2.  Judging from the number of orders that I received from the UK for the DVD, I can say that most Numan fans in Britain already have their copy.  I was proud to be able to ship them before the release date to ensure my readers had theirs first before the general public!

 

 

Los Angeles

March 2015

 

I wasn't as proud of the rollout of the 'From Inside' vinyl though.  The NAGNFC was able to offer them for preorder back in September (the number of orders actually determined how many would ultimately be pressed and offered by MVD).  But not only was the release date pushed back (even on Amazon) due to a backup of work at the printers (for which I have offered refunds for those didn't want to wait), but they were not the gatefold LP sleeves that I was told to tell you they were.  Although the internal policy on MVD's website is not to accept vinyl returns, I sent a rather strongly-worded letter on behalf of my customers.  They have now agreed to directly accept your vinyl in return for your purchase price if you so choose.  Let me know so that I can give them your email address so they can make the arrangements with you.  Still, the 'From Inside' vinyl release remains quite a rare official Gary Numan item indeed.

 

 

The Webbs at dinner

Los Angeles

March 2015

 

 

Shared by Louise B

 

Gary Numan appears on a new single called Losing Myself in You released today by the band VOWS.  Inspired by Gary Numan in their own music, they worked up the courage last year to ask Numan himself to sing on the track.  Gary was so impressed that he was on board immediately.  VOWS are Matt and Rizz who are well known in the Australian experimental music scene having met at the University of Western Sydney.  But they didn't become VOWS until moving to New York City.  The track is produced by Kevin McMahon (SWANS, Titus Andronicus, The Walkmen), and the B-side of the single is called Against the Gates.  Interestingly it will be available as a cassette as well.  (Hat Tip: Brian H.) Consequence of Sound reviewed it kindly:

 

“Losing Myself” is a barrage of percussive bombs, an assault that rattles the heart as it pounds on. Synths drone and swirl like entrancing spells of their own, while guitars crunch and stalk triumphantly. Numan’s unmistakable vocals ring out in the oddly light chorus — like a weighted balloon — backed by the VOWS members themselves.

 

 

 

I get emails daily asking about the upcoming book Pictures From a Broken Mind.  Progress has been steady as I pick the absolute best pictures from the thousands that I took on 60 dates of Gary Numan's World Tour in 2014.  Since 2015 is likely devoid of any proper Numan tours, the book will be a welcome treasure of memories from the tireless traveling and performing Numan's fans enjoyed last year.  We're shooting for a release to coincide with the Numan show in Long Beach in June.  Stay tuned!

 

 

 

Gary's Tour Manager Dave Dupuis has kept in touch.  He wrote me say that he won't be in London for Numan's show as he will be touring with his own band Nightmare Air.  I'm looking forward to checking out their Athens show at the Slingshot Festival after I return from London.  They have three more performances coming up this month.  Check them out:

 

 

Thanks to Mark Fowler and his friends for organizing such a touching tribute to Steve Strange as part of his radio programme!  And thank you so much for inviting me on the air to speak about Gary Numan's connection with the New Romantic movement and to Steve himself.  Your listeners seemed like they really enjoyed the tribute.

 

 

Gary's bassist and friend Tim Muddiman has been busy with his band The Strange.  Tim just created and starred in a short film which received 10,000 hits in 6 days.  And he played a secret show Tuesday at the Crauford Arms in Milton Keynes.  The new single Wildwood Stone comes out April 6.  Ade Fenton worked with Tim yesterday on the track at the "Fentagon".  Tim will be releasing an interview and an acoustic version of I'm Open as part of the Two Wheel Trike Sessions shortly.  Stay tuned!

 

 

Milton Keynes Crauford Arms

Photography: Mark Rider

March 10, 2015

 

The Guardian opined yesterday why the movie Blade Runner is timeless.  As you know, it is one of Gary's favorite movies.  So he is overjoyed they called the movie "part film noir, and part Gary Numan".  Numan must be even more flattered the movie's star Harrison Ford just emulated Gary by surviving a crash-landing in a World War II vintage plane.  Harrison is slated to appear in Ridley Scott's upcoming sequel to the film.

 

 

Los Angeles

February 2015

 

Gary's three girls will appear in a new movie called Zombies 1985.  Set in 1985, the girls play the zombies to terrifying effect!  Director James Branscome is no stranger to horror, and is known for his 'Beyond Fest' trailers in LA.  Lead actors Anna Ross and Lance Charnow are the victims in this zombie apocalypse.  Makeup artist Amy Weiner zombified everyone for the film.  Raven, Echo and Persia were all great sports and enjoyed themselves acting like horrific, rabid zombies!  I must say I'm looking as forward to the music as the film itself.  The soundtrack will utilize a 1967 Moog Modular 3C, an ARP 2500, an Oberheim DMX and a Prophecy VS.  Stay tuned to the NAGNFC for the best and most updated news about this movie.

 

 

The making of Zombies 1985

March 9, 2015

 

 

A 1980s zombie named Persia in this still shot from the upcoming movie Zombies 1985

March 9, 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Den of Geek gave an informed yet bittersweet review of Gary Numan and Ade Fenton's soundtrack for the movie From Inside to coincide for the movie's UK release:

 

The only logical thing now is to finish with Gary Numan. It's amazing how often that line becomes relevant in everyday life, though here it's because the synth-pop pioneer turned industrial metal eyeliner fan has, with long-time collaborator Ade Fenton, gone and scored his first feature film, From Inside.

Adapted by director John Bergin from his own graphic novel, this grim animated tale of a pregnant woman travelling by rail across a post-apocalyptic wasteland bears many similarities with the Hollywood not-quite-blockbuster Snowpiercer, which is no bad thing, considering that film's distinctive style and critical acclaim.

Numan and Fenton's music is remarkably restrained considering their recent recordings' sometimes bombastic style, though perhaps, with the often static images, a bit more energy might have helped bring Bergin's meditative direction alive. An interesting curio and definitely one for the Numanoids out there, if you're a fan of mass extinction and synths (face it, aren't we all?), From Inside could be for you.

 

 


In the absence of any proper Numan tour this year, I'll be following Men Without Hats around the US and Canada this summer to every corner of North America.  Lead singer Ivan Doroschuk just posted quite a cool homage to Gary Numan on his own personal Facebook page.  He posted this unbroadcast and very animated video of Are 'Friends' Electric below and wrote: "The song that made me decide to re-invent my punk-rock guitar band as an electronic new-wave duo". 

 

 

 

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this month's issue of the NAGNFC!  With the help of fans from around PlanetNuman, the NAGNFC just keeps getting better every month.  You are all superstars!  I'm looking forward to meeting everyone at the preshow party and the big show this week, full of songs Gary doesn't normally play.  I still haven't picked out my outfit yet, but I work best under pressure.  This month's very late update is a prime example.  Haha!  Enjoy all of the updates for fans around the world who couldn't be there.  As always, the NAGNFC will be your stop for exclusive news and pictures for this live show.  Yours in Numatude............

 

 

'Til next time!

 

                           Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Jim "The Machman" Napier and Jane Poole

Royal Leamington Spa Assembly Hall

July 2, 2014

 

 

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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

    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