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Breaking News

 

July 22, 2014

 

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

 

 

Boating off the California coast

July 20, 2014

 

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

 

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

 

 

Gary Numan and Maryanne Hobbs

 

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

 

 

 

 

Steve Harris, John Grant and Gary Numan after their sets

Ireland

June 22, 2014

 

 

 

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

Are 'Friends' Electric (PKH Piano Arrangement)

Shared with the NAGNFC with artist Paul Hurst who says:

 

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

 

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

 

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

New single 'Hampstead Home'

 

 

Random on the Westside

Kalkulus

Upcoming album cover and street art

 

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

 

 

Adelaide HQ

May 28, 2014

 

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

 

 

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

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

July 11, 2014

 

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

 

 

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

 

I Am Dust

 

Metal

 

Everything Comes Down To This

 

 

 

July 9, 2014

 

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

 

 

Gary just before his Sonisphere appearance in front of thousands

Stevenage Knebworth Park

July 4, 2014

Shared by Steve Wright

 

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

 

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

 

 

Stevenage Knebworth Park

July 4, 2014

Photography and shared by Michelle Griffin

 

 

Stevenage Knebworth Park

July 4, 2014

Shared by Steve Wright

 

 

 

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

 

 

VIP Meet

Holmfirth Picturedrome

July 3, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

VIP Meet

Holmfirth Picturedrome

July 3, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

Card I had made for Beryl

 

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

 

 

Holmfirth Picturedrome

July 3, 2014

Photography: Dave Dupuis

 

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

 

 

Holmfirth Picturedrome

July 3, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

Holmfirth Picturedrome

July 3, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Holmfirth Picturedrome

July 3, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Holmfirth Picturedrome

July 3, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

Holmfirth Picturedrome

July 3, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Holmfirth Picturedrome

July 3, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

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

Holmfirth Picturedrome

July 3, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

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

Holmfirth Picturedrome

July 3, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

Preshow party with Big G

Leamington Spa

July 2, 2014

Photography: Michael Bingham

 

 

VIP Meet

Leamington Spa Assembly Rooms

July 2, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

VIP Meet

Leamington Spa Assembly Rooms

July 2, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

VIP Meet

Leamington Spa Assembly Rooms

July 2, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

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

Leamington Spa Assembly Rooms

July 2, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Leamington Spa Assembly Rooms

July 2, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

Leamington Spa Assembly Rooms

July 2, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Leamington Spa Assembly Rooms

July 2, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

1) I Am Dust

2) I Am Dust (Original Demo)

3) I Am Dust (thenewno2 Remix)

4) I Am Dust (Roman Remains Remix)

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

Preston 53 Degrees

July 1, 2014

Photography: Dave Dupuis

 

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

 

 

Preston 53 Degrees

July 1, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

Preston 53 Degrees

July 1, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

Preston 53 Degrees

July 1, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

Preston 53 Degrees

July 1, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

Preston 53 Degrees

July 1, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

Preston 53 Degrees

July 1, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

Matt Jessup and Jim "The Machman" Napier

Bournemouth O2 Academy

June 30, 2014

 

 

Bournemouth O2 Academy

June 30, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Bournemouth O2 Academy

June 30, 2014

Photography: Dave Dupuis

 

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

 

 

Bournemouth O2 Academy

June 30, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Bournemouth O2 Academy

June 30, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

Bournemouth O2 Academy

June 30, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

Bournemouth O2 Academy

June 30, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

Bournemouth O2 Academy

June 30, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

Bournemouth O2 Academy

June 30, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

Bournemouth O2 Academy

June 30, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

Lands End

June 29, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

Exeter Phoenix Centre

June 28, 2014

Photography: Dave Dupuis

 

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

 

 

Shared with the NAGNFC by Kristin Harris

 

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

 

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

 

 

Exeter Phoenix Centre

June 28, 2014

Photography: Dave Dupuis

 

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

 

 

Exeter Phoenix Centre

June 28, 2014

Photography: Dave Dupuis

 

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

 

 

Exeter Phoenix Centre

June 28, 2014

Photography: Dave Dupuis

 

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

 

 

Exeter Phoenix Centre

June 28, 2014

Photography: Dave Dupuis

 

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

 

 

Exeter Phoenix Centre

June 28, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

 

Breaking News

 

June 28, 2014

 

The UK Numan Tour is progressing well!  After the day off yesterday, Gary and everyone should be extra-charged for tonight's show in Exeter.  And good thing.  Tonight will be Gary's 700th show he's ever performed.  Gary does know about it, so we'll see if he gives it a mention.  Chris Turner said:

 

Don't think Gary will need to mention that it's the 700th show to get the crowd riled up. From the first song in Chester the crowd was so whipped up it could not have been any better! lol! God I had such a good time it even crossed my mind this morning to see if there were any Exeter tickets available for the show tonite. 5 hour drive but doable! Anyways I at least booked and confirmed for Hammersmith. Go Gary Numan Official you are better now than ever! Congrats on the 700th show.

 

 

Reading Sub89

June 26, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

The North Americans representing!

Reading Sub89

June 26, 2014

Photography: Dave

 

Numan will be on Radio 4 today with presenter Clive Anderson on his show Loose Ends.  The show begins at 6:15 pm.

 

 

Reading Sub89

June 26, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Reading Sub89

June 26, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

The show at Reading's Sub89 was stellar.  There were people there from all over the UK, and even Canada!  I'd never been to the venue before, and wasn't exactly sure how far away it was, but after Numan's lighting guy joined me in the elevator of my hotel across the street, I knew I was getting warm!  He was on the 13th floor next to my room. (Side note: there are no 13th floors in the US!)

 

 

Reading Sub89

June 26, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

The VIP meet and greet started a bit late, but we were assured by both Dave the tour manager, and the house staff, that things would begin shortly.  Once inside, we noticed a guy holding a large TV camera, and other with a huge light.  They told us to pretend they weren't there!  Yeah right!  Turns out they were from ITV Oxford.

 

 

Reading Sub89

June 26, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Reading Sub89

June 26, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

The ITV presenter interviewed me for their television broadcast this week.  I'll post the link here on the front page once it's on their online iPlayer.  The interviewer was fun, asking me questions like why I do it, and how many shows I've seen.  I told them about a couple who I'd last seen in March at Numan's Toronto show, and was there in Reading for the show.  So the friendly Canadians were interviewed as well!

 

 

Reading Sub89

June 26, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

The meet was cool.  One fan gave him a model airplane just like the Harvard he used to fly.  We had a chuckle after one girl sat down next to him, and was so nervous she couldn't think of what to say to him and just sat there.  Gary shouted to Dave they were holding a meet-and-look!  

 

 

Reading Sub89

June 26, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Gary's soundcheck was filmed for the ITV broadcast as well, along with all the VIPs up by the stage.  After the VIP Meet I chatted with some fans in the queue, then headed to the McDonald's for lunch where I was again joined by Gary's lighting guy.  We talked about how unglamorous the rock-and-roll lifestyle actually was.  I said yeah, look what we're eating!  LOL!

 

 

Reading Sub89

June 26, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

The doors opened a bit late, and curiously, those with VIP passes weren't asked for their tickets.  I ponied up to the stage for the evening's entertainment.  As Numan fans packed into the club, some came up to chat and get pics with me.  And one even bought me a refreshing Coke which was much appreciated!  Those of us in the front all toasted to Numan!

 

 

Reading Sub89

June 26, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Roman Remains played to another receptive crowd, then it was time for Gary's show.  I was impressed at the extra energy Gary and the band were giving it this evening.  Maybe because of the TV cameras?  Maybe because it was show #699?  Gary always does turn it up for the smaller clubs.

 

 

Reading Sub89

June 26, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

On the way out, the band members of NuWay Army were there handing out flyers.  You may remember my reporting about them on the NAGNFC.  They are the guys who wandered into a pub looking for a keyboardist for their Numan tribute band.  The owner of the pub was none other than Ade Orange who agreed to join their band!  I gave them a NAGNFC card and promised them I would tell everyone about their upcoming shows with Ade:

 

Saturday, July 19: Carshalton Charles Cryer, Surrey SM5 3BB

Saturday, August 9: Guildford Star Inn, Surrey GU1 3TY

 

 

Reading Sub89

June 26, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Dave the tour manager told me he had to find another line of work.  I was surprised at this and told him that he has the life, working with bands and seeing the world.  But he replied, "yeah but there won't be anyone as fucking cool as Gary".

 

 

I was featured in the Reading's entertainment and news site Get Reading!

Reading Sub89

June 26, 2014

Photography:

 

June 26, 2014

 

Last night's show at the Norwich Waterfront was one of the best of the UK Tour so far!  It was absolutely crazy.  I don't think I've ever seen Tim and Steve thrash more than last night.  I don't think I've ever been to a louder Numan show.  Even Gary was giving a performance like no other.  For the first time I've ever seen, Gary accidentally launched his mic toward the crowd when it popped off it's stand after Gary jumped back up from a crouch. 

 

 

Cambridge Junction

June 24, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

The place held about 600 people.  The venue wasn't very deep but it was really wide.  There were lighted square panels in white, blue, red and green reminiscent of the Berserker Tour. 

 

 

Cambridge Junction

June 24, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

The VIP meet started at 4:15.  Tour manager Dave introduced me to the crowd of 15 VIPers, many who asked for a Machman pic.  I'm always happy to take pics with the best fans of any artist ever!  I spoke with at least two people there who were huge fans since 1979, but this would be the first time they would meet Gary.  I saw Gary sign some cool items they'd brought.  One fan named Dave even brought a large matte board with the 2013 Glasgow Numan poster, setlist and ticket embedded.

 

 

Cambridge Junction

June 24, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Cambridge Junction

June 24, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Cambridge Junction

June 24, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Gary spoke about the upcoming homecoming show at the London Hammersmith on November 28.  He said the show will feature the large video screen much like the November 2013 tour, except the video will reach across the entire back of the stage from the floor to the top of the ceiling.  Gary wants to create a multi-layered effect, and said it will be the biggest light show he's done since his early days.  Many different types of songs will be played in the very-anticipated show, which will run two hours plus.

 

 

Cambridge Junction

June 24, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Cambridge Junction

June 24, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Gary talked about his mom.  To look at her, you wouldn't gather anything was wrong.  But the fact is, despite overcoming breast cancer, she suffers from three different types of skin cancer, spinal cancer and throat cancer.  Beryl's throat needed to be compressed and she sounds different as a result.  Having already beaten cancer, I express optimistic well-wishes on behalf of this site and its readers.  The girls are presently with Beryl and Tony while Gary is on tour.

 

 

Cambridge Junction

June 24, 2014

Photography: Dave Dupuis

 

 

My German friends brought award-winning jam for Gary, the band and me.  Thanks!

Cambridge Junction

June 24, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Norwich Waterfront

June 25, 2014

Photography: June 25, 2014

Photography: Dave Dupuis

 

 

Dave with Gary Numan

Norwich Waterfront

June 24, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Speaking of touring, Gary has expressed in recent interviews how much he enjoys touring and being on the road with a very fun crew and his best mates.  For the first time I've heard, Gary said that while he still enjoys it, he can see himself looking forward to taking a couple of months off without the stresses of touring to just relax and be with his girls.  Numan has been on tour now since August, since before Splinter was released.  Just this year Gary has already performed 38 shows around the world.  On a side note, Gary's show in Exeter (after tonight's Reading show) will be Numan's 700th performance he's ever done.  Thanks to Jeff Tolva from the Compleat Numan Discography for that info!

 

 

Norwich Waterfront

June 24, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Norwich Waterfront

June 24, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Norwich Waterfront

June 24, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Norwich Waterfront

June 24, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Norwich Waterfront

June 24, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Gary spoke with another fan about America.  He said the place is severely regulated and loves paperwork and protocol, but that America is also very much set up for fun, with tons to do with life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.  Numan wishes he'd moved long ago, but for "various reasons", just hadn't until now.

 

 

Norwich Waterfront

June 24, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Gary's show at the Cambridge Junction on Tuesday was the wildest I'd seen the three times I'd seen him there.  Numan's meet-and-greets around the world have not always been maxed out at 16, but so far, every UK show has been maxed out with 16 fans at every meet.  Two friends of mine from Germany who I'd met at Numan's Berlin show were there.  They brought her award-winning jam with the faces of Gary and the band on the top of different jars.  The cover of the box it came in was emblazoned with a hand-drawn Splinter caricature.  I was humbled to also receive a jar of jam with Jim "The Machman" Napier on the top!  Thank you! 

 

 

Norwich Waterfront

June 24, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

I was ecstatic to hear M.E. at the Cambridge soundcheck.  It was also played at the Chester soundcheck, but wouldn't be played in the regular set until Cambridge (Although Dead Sun Rising was played at the Norwich soundcheck so maybe we'll hear that in the regular soundcheck in Reading tonight!).

 

 

Norwich Waterfront

June 24, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

The crowds in Cambridge are normally quieter than most, but they came through for Gary!  People are saying these are some of the best performances by Numan they'd ever seen.  Chris T. said:

 

Okayyyyy... The Gary Numan concert was effing fantastic! Wow! How I enjoyed it!!! The track list was AWESOME with some personal favourites which Gary and the band played! Too many to mention hear but I literally burst into tears with some o...f them. Films, absolution, here in the black, splinter, metal, afe, lost, I die you die, prayer for the unborn and so many more! Pure was a total mind fuck! Although a small venue, The typical showman, depth and intensity was incredible! One of the best shows I have experienced! Steve Harris, Tim Muddiman, Richard Beasley and Gary Numan Official were in full force and delivered something special!!! Not sure who was replacing keyboards and Ade Fenton, but my God the show rocked!! I even met Jim Napier which was just brilliant! You are a legend m8! See More


 

Chester Live Rooms

June 23, 2014

 

 

 

Hello to the Numanoids of the World!  Jim "The Machman" Napier coming at ya from a train in England today!  It's great to be back here.  The friendliness I've received here by Numan's fans has been overwhelming.  Fans have welcomed me here with open arms, and some still, with condolences for the loss of my Mom, whose passing happened the very evening before I was to join them here for the November UK Tour.  I'm doing the entire regular UK Tour of 9 dates.  And if last night was an indication of what these shows are going to be like, then we're all in for a treat! 

 

 

Jim "The Machman" Napier and Gary Numan

Chester Live Rooms

June 23, 2014

Photography: Dave Dupuis

 

The tour began last night in Chester, and what a show to start with.  The place held around 900, and was one of the very first shows on this tour to completely sell out.  The venue was a 1 minute walk from the train station.  I was barely out of the station when I heard "JIM"!  It was a friendly Numanoid named Peter who came up to shake my hand and welcome me to England!  There were posters out front of various acts about to play the venue, but incredibly, there were none of Gary.  They must have figured it was going to sell out anyway, so didn't make the financial outlay of doing any promotion for the show.

 

 

Chester Live Rooms

June 23, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

There were three T-shirts and a hoodie at the merch desk with no CDs or DVDs this time.  It was weird not seeing Miles at the merch desk this time. 

 

 

Chester Live Rooms

June 23, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

As the VIPers were waiting outside, Gary and Gemma walked past us to get round the side and inside.  Gemma hugged me with kisses saying she knew I'd be here.  I turned back around to some friends when I felt a tap on the shoulder.  It was Gary saying he'd seen the pictures I took with Devo on Facebook, whose tour I followed until Sunday in Chicago.  Numan had some pictures with Devo himself at the invitation-only KCRW event earlier this year.

 

 

Chester Live Rooms

June 23, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Tour manager Dave came out to greet the VIPers around 4:15 pm.  The meet and greet was attended by 16 people, which is the most VIP tickets they will sell for each venue.  Great vibe and friendliness at the meet-and-greet.  As each of them took their turns speaking with Gary, most chatted me up as well, showing me what they'd brought for Gary to sign, and asked to get a picture with me.  I'm always happy to take pictures with Gary's fans!  One said I should charge for pictures, and Dave said I should hold my own meet-and-greet, but I said I leave that to Gary, who is far more deserving!

 

 

Chester Live Rooms

June 23, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Before the soundcheck, I was impressed with Gary's band who greeted me to England and shook my hand.  Tim will be in Australia himself in August with his other band Pop Will Eat Itself.

 

 

Chester Live Rooms

June 23, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Roman Remains from London was brilliant as always, and received great reviews from the crowd later that night.  Their set was much like the one I saw when they opened for Numan in the States this year, but with a couple more added on, since they were competing for time with Big Black Delta.

 

 

Chester Live Rooms

June 23, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

When Gary came on the place was heaving with chants of "NUUUMANNN!"  Always good to see Gary Numan in the country that spawned his career.  The band lineup was Tim Muddiman, Steve Harris, Josh, and Richard Beasley.  Gary and the band seemed really fired up and gave us a stunning performance!  Gary's voice went into ranges I'd rarely heard, especially when he went into Lost and Absolution.  Gary sometimes even tears up during Lost.  To then go into Absolution makes for a really emotional couple of songs in the set for Gary to sing.  You could feel the rawness of the emotions in his voice.

 

 

Chester Live Rooms

June 23, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

This wasn't Gary's first time in Chester!

Photograph shared with me by John H.!

 

When we spoke with him yesterday, Gary was toying with the idea of an American Tour around his festival date at the Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas on November 8.  The proposed tour would start in Seattle and work it's way down to Texas.

 

 

Chester Live Rooms

June 23, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Gary spoke about an upcoming Rhianna show Gemma will be taking their girls to.  Eminem will open.  Gary lamented the insane $400 ticket price to attend the show.  And that doesn't include the meet-and-greet.

 

 

Chester Live Rooms

June 23, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Numan raved about Raven, telling us she could sing Katy Perry's songs flawlessly, and could properly sing.  Raven can even play Harry Potter music beautifully.  She has even created her own language of sorts, a real language based on real words.  Gary is really impressed at her intelligence, even though her musical tastes lean toward R&B.  The girls are with Numan's parents here in the UK during the tour.

 

 

Chester Live Rooms

June 23, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Taking the train now for tonight's show in Cambridge.  Many thanks to Paul for his hospitality this evening.  We're doing the VIP together, his first one!  Stay tuned to this site for the latest news and pics from the tour (and a more in-depth update on Gary's day off)!

 

 

 

Chester Live Rooms

June 23, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Breaking News

 

May 29, 2014 (evening)

 

VIP Meet and greet just ended here in Adelaide.  Izera is the opening band!  Some piccies...

 

 

Adelaide HQ

May 29, 2014

Photography: David Dupuis

 

 

David Dupuis and Gary Numan

Adelaide HQ

May 29, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Gary Numan looks at a Numan scrapbook lovingly created by Belinda Bowles

Adelaide HQ

May 29, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Gary Numan and Belinda Bowles

Adelaide HQ

May 29, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

May 29, 2014

 

Gary and the band played an awesome show at the Brisbane Tivoli on Tuesday.  There were people there from all over Australia and at least 5 from the UK.  He had played there twice before.

 

 

Brisbane Tivoli

May 27, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Brisbane Tivoli

May 27, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

The VIP meet and greet was the biggest of the Aussie/NZ Tour so far, with 16 people.  They max the availability of the VIP tickets at 16 to keep things casual.  As always, Dave the tour manager greeted the VIPs at the door and asks everyone if they've met Jim Napier.  I always help out passing out the demo CDs to them, as Dave passes out the VIP laminates.  Dave always asks if I remembered to slip the NAGNFC business cards in their hands as well!

 

 

Brisbane Tivoli

May 27, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Shirl with Gary Numan

Brisbane Tivoli

May 27, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

The VIPers brough loads of stuff for him to sign.  One brought an old Roland "keytar", one brought the Ipswich 85 bootleg, and as always, there was the usual signing of body parts (backs, shoulders, arms).  One thing I've noticed is at every other VIP meet, someone brings a glossy picture of one of the photographs I've made available on the NAGNFC for Gary to sign.  This time, someone brought a picture I took of him on stage at the beginning of the American leg of this tour in March.  Some have even suggested (and Gary himself as well in Brisbane) that I make a scrapbook available of my pics on this tour.  I told Gary that I would create one from this Worldwide Splinter Tour, and would make sure and give it to him.

 

 

Brisbane Tivoli

May 27, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Ready for the show!

Brisbane Tivoli

May 27, 2014

Photography: Diane K

 

Speaking of which, someone brought Ed Fielding's book Icon Through A Lens for Gary to sign.  The 26-page book is quite a nice collection of live pictures that Ed took in the UK.  Unfortunately, Gary had little nice to say about the book.  Gary had put some of the pictures on eBay.  Ed made it clear to Gary that he was not happy about that, even thought it was Gary who'd bought the rights to Ed's pictures and services for £2000.  Gary never saw dime one from the proceeds of the book.  To be fair, Ed kindly offered me one picture from every show to include on the NAGNFC.  But I told Gary about the one time Ed became quite irate when a NAGNFC reader gave me a heap of Ed's picture claiming they were their own.  Gary told me, "I don't know why, they were my pictures!"

 

 

Brisbane Tivoli

May 27, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

The conversation steered toward the making of Splinter (Songs From a Broken Mind).  The hardest one to record was Here in the Black.  No less than 34 versions of the song were created before the album version was decided on.  Gary is now saying the next album won't be released until 2017. 

 

 

Brisbane Tivoli

May 27, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Gary recounted to us the story of the songs of Dead Son Rising, and how they were shelved never to see the light of day.  One day, as Gemma was playing those unreleased tracks, Gary was impressed by the music and walked in to the room and asked who the artist was?  Gemma said, "That's you!"  So we have Gemma to thank for putting a spark into Gary about how great those songs were.

 

 

Brisbane Tivoli

May 27, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

I greeted the some of the crowd who were queuing outside during the meet.  I passed out NAGNFC business cards, and a bunch off cool Australian glossy cards advertising the Numan Tour with his picture and all the dates.

 

 

Brisbane Tivoli

May 27, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

The doors opened to the general public and the place filled up quickly.  Some of Numan's fans came up to me to thank me for the site and take some pictures.  And a new phenomenon in Australia has been happening.  Some people are coming up to me that just know me from Gary's #1 Fan on the Planet post that Gary posted on his Official Facebook and Twitter, without knowing I even write one of his biggest fan websites.  Good thing I bring all those NAGNFC business cards along!  Anyway, thanks to everyone for all the kind words for what I do, and the unique insight into their favorite artist.

 

 

Brisbane Tivoli

May 27, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

The opening band was called Bat Nouveau, and they were surprisingly good.  While they had mixed reviews later from the audience, I thought the two young guys on guitars accurately reproduced the 80s Manchester Johnny Marr/Chameleons type of sound.  At one point during their performance, a guitar strap broke but was reattached by a roadie.

 

 

Brisbane Tivoli

May 27, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Gary and the band brought their A-game, and the soundsystem at the Tivoli was amazing!  The audience?  Well they were quieter than most.  They told me later that Brisbanians just like to mellow and enjoy the vibe.  But they were much louder the first two times Numan was there.  Gary said once he measures the crowd (and the overall performance) by their reactions in the quiet bits of the songs.  But although the reactions after each song was respectable, mostly, there was nothing during the songs.

 

 

Brisbane Tivoli

May 27, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

At one point, near the end of the first set, the crowd were lukewarm at best.  Gary had enough.  He went off mic to the side of the stage and raised his arms to the crowd shouting at the top of his lungs.  Although he was off mic, I heard him over the crowd clear as day.  Louder than I'd never heard him.  I've heard Gary shout plenty of times during his performance when he is vibing to his music, but this was different.  Gary shouted "FUUUUCKKKKK" then screamed high-pitched, long and loudly some more, before going into Love, Hurt, Bleed.  A couple of friends there from the UK had seen something similar at the Sheffield show in November, but nothing like this.

 

 

Brisbane Tivoli

May 27, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 After the break, Gary and the band came out and Gary was a changed man, and so were the audience who'd suddenly woken up.  Gary was smiling and even laughing.  He looked at me smiling with his arms to toward the crowd, and I looked back and raised my arms as if to say "what's up with these guys?"

 

 

Jim "The Machman" Napier and Gary Numan

May 23, 2014

Photography: Dave Dupuis

 

The T-shirts with the circle completely sold out, and there were only a couple of sizes left of the "outline" Splinter T-shirt.  There will be more for the Melbourne and Sydney shows so never fear.

 

 

Brisbane Tivoli

May 27, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

There were a crowd of about 12 of us waiting after everyone else had left.  Gary had met with us the last two times he played so hopes were high among the crowd that he would speak with us again.  The gates of the driveway opened to let out two vans.  One had Gary Numan, Dave and all their gear, and the other held the band.  As the crowd dispersed, we noticed one person walking down the street that wasn't there before.  It was Numan's bassist Tim Slade just walking down a dark street by himself.  Was he forgotten?  We'll never know.  He just gave me a smile.  Karen, who had offered me a ride to my hotel, and I were walking back to her car so I offered Tim a ride.  Just then, a van came down the street to pick him up.  I heard laughing from within the van.  Tim asked if I wanted a ride to their hotel, but I didn't want to abandon Karen after she was so kind to offer me a ride first.  A weird end to a weird evening!

 

 

Brisbane Tivoli

May 27, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

The Adelaide show is tonight at the HQ!  The place is a very high-tech looking venue inside with lots of metal and blue neon.  Looking forward to enjoying a Numan show there again!  And thanks to Belinda, who put me up the last two times, for sharing her room to put my stuff before heading out of town early for the Melbourne show tomorrow!

 

May 26, 2014

 

Jim "The Machman" Napier coming at ya from Brisbane for tonight's show at the Tivoli!  I flew with Gary Numan & Gemma, and his band and crew yesterday across the Australian continent from to Brisbane to Perth on Virgin Australia flight 149.  There were people scattered throughout the plane, but we seemed to have our own section near the front and to the right of the plane.  Steve Harris was across from me to my left, tour manager David Dupuis was in front of me in the window seat, and in the window seat in front of him was Gary seated with Gemma, who passed out candy to us and stroked our hair as she walked past us.  Other band members Frank, Tim, Josh and the roadie crew surrounded us.  After watching Gary fly all of those planes on TV, it was pretty cool to fly with him.

 

 

Perth Airport

May 26, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Aboard Virgin Australia flight 149

May 26, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Aboard Virgin Australia flight 149

May 26, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Aboard Virgin Australia flight 149

May 26, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

They served a meal on the flight.  Gemma scored the vegetarian platter while Gary and I had the Mediterranean chicken.  They watched the movie Grudge Match while I dug out my laptop to watch a cool documentary about painter Marc Kostabi called Con Artist, as well as Fast & Furious 6, but it was the action movie that I fell asleep to.

 

 

Aboard Virgin Australia flight 149

May 26, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

A Virgin Australia representative met us at the gate in Brisbane.  She escorted us to baggage claim and arranged our transportation into Brisbane.  Props to Steve Harris who made sure I was taken care of with a ride into town with them!

 

 

Brisbane Airport

May 26, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

We dragged our 25 bags off the baggage carousel and walked outside where two vans with personal drivers were waiting for the 14 of us.  On the way into Brisbane, our driver talked about the cool stuff to do in the city while we're here.  (Gary and company will be going to a Koala Sanctuary today).  Gemma kept the conversation lively.  She asked Gary what he wanted to do.  He said he was hungry, so food was the game plan for the evening.  

 

 

Brisbane Airport

May 26, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Brisbane Airport

May 26, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Brisbane Airport

May 26, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Brisbane Airport

May 26, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

We made the hotel by 8:00 pm (losing two hours to time zones in flight), and key cards to 11 rooms were passed out.  Band members get their own rooms, while the roadies double up.  We were to all freshen up, then meet in the lobby in 15 minutes.  Tour manager Dave passed out cash to everyone and we made the short walk into the city night in search of food and drinks.

 

 

Hotel

May 26, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Gary and his entourage walk the streets of Brisbane in search of food and drink

May 26, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Brisbane

May 26, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

We decided on a really cool British pub called The Pig & Whistle in the center of town.  The temperature was absolutely perfect so we ate outdoors to the distant sound of a guy at the pub singing cool acoustic covers.  The menu was extensive, but most of us ordered the organic burger.  After I mentioned to Gary that all the fish & chips in Australia were made from shark, he decided to try it.  Gemma ordered breaded mushrooms but couldn't finish them, offering me one.  The conversation was fun.  We spoke mostly about our touring adventures over the years.

 

 

Brisbane Pig & Whistle Pub

May 26, 2014

Photographer: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

It was a blast spending the day with Gary and the entourage.  They are the coolest people and only fascinating to speak with.  The Brisbane VIP meet and greet starts in 6 hours!

 

 

Brisbane Pig & Whistle Pub

May 26, 2014

Photographer: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Gary Numan played the Perth Astor Theatre on Sunday.  I flew the 8 hours from New Zealand and checked into my hotel and slept to acclimate to the time zone.  On the day of the show, I had the best hotel breakfast buffet ever as I ready the large Perth Sunday Times.  Just as I thought the morning couldn't get any better, I made it to Page 91 which featured a near full page article and interview with Gary Numan (featured further below on this site).

 

 

Perth Astor Theatre

May 25, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

I met the VIPers in the front for the meet-and-greet.  There were 8 of them this time.  One guy got him talking about planes.  Gary spoke about his Warbird days, the friends he'd lost to the hobby, and his round the world flight.  Over Australia in 1981, Gary became paralyzed due to something he ate.  The timing was awful.  It happened just as he was leaning over the bucket they were using as a bathroom to be sick when it happened.  He was paralyzed with his face in the bucket unable to move for some time.  Paramedics met the plane when they landed.

 

 

Perth Astor Theatre

May 25, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

I thanked Gary for letting 3News in New Zealand know about me, so I could join in on the interview.  It was fun being on TV, and my jetlag didn't even show!  I also thanked him for mentioning me on his official Facebook and Twitter pages when he called me the #1 fan on the planet.  His face became one of concern when I said that though, saying, "They said terrible things about you".  I was surprised, I didn't think he knew about those comments borne from the ugliest manifestations of envy.  But I told him it was more than worth it.  It was what Numan's song I Die: You Die was about:

 

They crawl out of their holes for me
And I die : You die
Hear them laugh
And watch them turn on me
And I die : You die
See my scars
They call me such things
Tear me, tear me, tear me

 

Numan's longest fans remember cringing whenever we read a "review" of his from back in the early days.  The press would spend more time slagging off Gary personally then actually reviewing the music, speaking ill of someone who had done them no personal offence.  So the fact that those same early Numan fans are doing the same thing they once cringed at is mystifying, and effectively places me in the same class as Gary Numan at his most famous.  Ask me if there's any other class I'd rather be placed in?  Gary was sympathetic and it strengthened our friendship even more.

 

 

Perth Astor Theatre

May 25, 2014

Photography: David Dupuis

 

I was really surprised to hear Sam and her best friend call out my name as I walked the streets of the most isolated major metropolis in the world!  It was great to share the show with them!

 

 

Perth Astor Theatre

May 25, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Perth Astor Theatre

May 25, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

The large venue held 1150 people and it looked absolutely packed.  The opening band was local act Rooster Police.  Despite the unfortunate name, the band were really good, treating us to inventive music done on synths and vocoders.

 

 

Perth Astor Theatre

May 25, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Perth Astor Theatre

May 25, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

The show was jam-amazing!  Gary and the band outdid themselves on stage!  The synths from new keyboardist Josh sounded loud and epic.  I mentioned it to him on the plane yesterday but he said he was only copying what Ade Fenton did.

 

 

Perth Astor Theatre

May 25, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Gary met fans briefly after the show for autographs.  Even Gemma joined in, signing the bottom of Numan's autograph on one fan's wrist which was to be tattooed the next day!  Thanks to him for the ride back to my hotel!

 

 

Perth Astor Theatre

May 25, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

The big VIP meet-and-greet starts here in Brisbane in 3 hours!  Stay tuned for pics!

 

May 25, 2014

 

First off, let me apologize for my absence.  Things have been really busy lately, mainly catching up from the 9 weeks I was away on tour.  And I've been somewhat derelict in my Machman duties of late.  I will make it up to everyone with a stunningly awesome update today, with by the world's most comprehensive coverage of Gary Numan's Tour in Australia and New Zealand!  Sound good?  Let's do it!!

 

 

My itinerary this month!

 

Gary's newest leg of the Worldwide Splinter Tour began at The Studio in Auckland on Friday.  Gary, Gemma, the band and roadies all took Air New Zealand from Los Angeles into Auckland, arriving at 5:45 am.  Gary told me he'd watched all three available episodes of Top Gear on the plane.  Before they even hit their hotel, and well-rested from the 13 hour flight, they all decided to head to Hobbiton where much of the Lord of the Rings movies were filmed.  I spoke with their bus driver, a local from Auckland.  He said they had a bus, and spontaneously decided to have him drive there straight off the plane.  Being a huge fan of the Tolkien series, Gary told me that it was some of the most fun he'd ever had as he'd read the books when he was a child.  He even stole a leaf from the site to bring home with him.

 

 

I strolled into The Studio venue where the roadies from the US leg of the Splinter Tour was setting up.  We all caught up and shook hands.  I joked with Tour Manager Dave Dupuis, telling him that I was in the neighborhood and just decided to drop in.  I bought them all Starbucks as I knew everyone would still be acclimating to the new time zone here, which is 16 hours in the future compared to Los Angeles.  They enthusiastically gave me their coffee orders.  I bought a hot chocolate for me and extra coffees in case I forgot someone.  I had extra which Gemma was happy to drink.

 

 

Roman Remains will open for Gary for the June shows

 

I welcomed Gary who laughed as we shook hands, saying, "I should've known you'd be here", before telling me about his trip to Hobbiton and the flight over here.  David introduced me to Gary's new keyboard player Josh Giroux, who was super cool and friendly.  If he was nervous about his debut performance tonight with the Godfather of Electronica, it didn't show (Josh was so juiced for the show, he didn't even need any coffee)!  Tim Slade, who'd played onstage with Gary previously, was there on bass, as was Steve Harris on guitar and Frank Zummo on drums.

 

 

Auckland Studio

May 23, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Before the VIPers were let inside for the meet-and-greet, David Farrier from TV3 News was there to interview Gary on one of only two TV stations in New Zealand.  Even though the piece doesn't air until this evening at 6:00 pm there, the video interview has already leaked online.  Some have commented on the video, saying Gary looks really content and relaxed.  Some have said it is the best interview with Gary they'd ever seen.  I'm often in the far background in the interview drinking Starbucks.  Numan told them about my exploits following his shows.  After Gary's interview, David from TV3 News asked if I wouldn't mind being interviewed.  I said, "I'm full of Starbucks, let's do this"!

 

 

VIP Meet and Greet

Auckland Studio

May 23, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

David asked me how I finance the trips, how many shows I've seen, what the worst show was I'd ever seen (and the best), and how it came to be that I became friends with Gary.  They will air our interview tonight on TV.  You can check out the article and video interview now on the 3News site.  Although after the interview, Gary and Gemma were searching the entire venue for a black cardigan he'd lost.  Gary told me it was a gift from the band, and that he'd only just had the zipper mended.  Gemma joked that I was going to put it on eBay.  I said, "I have to finance this trip somehow"!  After the show, I was able to track down the cardigan after some communication with David.  Jim "The Machman" to the rescue again!  Thanks to Kristin Harris and David for the heads-up on the link!  David wrote me:

 

Hey,

Really nice to meet you the other day.
Our Gary Numan story will air on our
6pm news tomorrow night.. and feature a bit of you in there.
Also - I've just cut and uploaded this - a little 20 minutes feature with the interview and my thoughts. You feature at the very end.
If you want to share this around with the fanbase, cool - I hope I did him justice. He was SO nice and a real pleasure meeting him and you.

http://www.3news.co.nz/Gary-Numan-talks-Hobbiton-and-moving-to-Los-Angeles/tabid/418/articleID/345611/Default.aspx

Kindest,
David.

 

I responded:

 

Hello David,

It was a pleasure meeting you as well!  Thanks so much for the opportunity to be involved in such a great interview with Gary.  He is always so honest in these interviews such as yours that are knowledgeable about his career and that allow him to shine (as opposed to the same type of questions he's always asked.).  It's fascinating how each interview reveals a little more about the man, and yours also provided fans with that gift.  Thanks for a great interview with Gary and for the heads up about its airing.  I will definitely put the word out to his fans worldwide.

All the best and Numanishly,
Jim "The Machman" Napier
North American Gary Numan Fan Club
NAGNFC

 

PS: Did you happen across a black cardigan of Gary's?  It was misplaced just after his interview where he'd last seen it.

 

Hello sir!

Thanks so much for the kind words. And yes - my cameraman picked it up thinking it was mine! I understood he returned it to the venue but will chase up!
Don't want to bloody steal interviewees clothing!!
How was Perth?

David.

 

Hello David,
Thought you'd like to know that Gary's fans around the world are commenting about how relaxed Gary looks in your interview with him.  Definitely testament to your prowess as a great interviewer that can bring out the best in someone on camera.  A couple of fans have even said it was the best interview with him they'd ever seen.
Thanks for solving the mystery of the missing cardigan!  LOL!  Gary seemed pretty worried about it.  It was a gift from the band, and he'd just had it mended.  I just relayed the message to Gary and his wife.
The Perth show is this evening.  Looking forward to it!!  The 2011 show there at the Astor was brilliant! 

All the best and Numanishly,
Jim "The Machman" Napier
North American Gary Numan Fan Club
NAGNFC



Soundcheck

Auckland Studio

May 23, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier


Australia and New Zealand have their own Splinter Tour T-shirt.  The front features a large outline image of Gary's Splinter look with the words "Gary Numan".  The back features all six of the the dates Gary will play on this leg of Worldwide Splinter Tour.



Auckland Studio

May 23, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier




Auckland Studio

May 23, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier


Gary was surprised when I told him about Rusty Egan's involvement as drummer on Dramatis' new nearly-finished album.  Numan said he always had a very large personality when they met, the last time being at a recent Depeche Mode show.  Gary denied any involvement with the new Dramatis' album.  My friend Jeff Tolva just now spoke with Chris Payne who had this to say about their progress  (Thanks, Jeff!):

It's still not quite finished. The last time I was in London working on it with Rruss we were scheduled to have it completed but we had some studio issues and lost a day's recording.  As such I now plan to go over to London on June 9th to finish the recording and Rruss will then try to secure a decent deal for it (which could take time) If we don't find the right deal we will self release it as an E.P.  There will also be a video as Rruss has his own film production company. 

Either way it will definitely happen this year.

 

All the best,

Chris




Auckland Studio

May 23, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier


I surprised Gary again when I told him about how excited the UK fans were to finally see the entire Top of the Pops programme from 1979 that Gary was in.  Unbeknownst to Gary, the show was broadcast for the first time in its entirety since then.  Gary told me he'd just received a mysterious check from the BBC for $300 but didn't know why.  Glad to have cleared that up for him!



Auckland Studio

May 23, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier





Auckland Studio

May 23, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier


Despite what has been said from Numan's people, the Jean Michel-Jarre track is not yet quite finished, but nearly is.  Just a few more finishing touches.  Gary said he was taken with how well they get along, despite the natural aversion that Englishmen and Frenchmen have had getting along in the past, Numan said.  However, the Here Inside soundtrack is finished and they are extremely happy with it.



Shared with us by Steve of Manchester!

Gary will be playing the Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, Texas on November 8.  The three-day passes are available now, but the one day-pass will be available soon.  Also there on the same day as Numan are The Presets, sort of Australia's answer to Depeche Mode.  I've seen them before and they put on one hell of a show!  So yes, I'll be there that day!  (Hat Tip: Kristin Harris and Gary Numan!)



So much more to report on.  Fans and readers have sent many valuable links with interviews and news (keep it coming!), and I will catch up on it all throughout the next couple of days.  For now, I'm about to head out to the Astor Theatre here in Perth where Gary is about to play.  Rooster Police will open for him.  See you there...



Auckland Studio

May 23, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Until tomorrow's update, I was eating an amazing breakfast at my hotel reading the Perth Sunday Times when I spotted this on page 91...

 

 

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

May 25, 2014

 

 

 

 

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

Berlin Imperial Club

February 18, 2014 

 

 

 

Jim "The Machman" Napier and Tim Prentice

Atlanta Masquerade

October 25, 2013

 

 

 

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    Detroit Majestic Theatre

    July 31, 2006 

     

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

    The Spa, New York City

    AApril 18, 2001


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