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Breaking News

May 25, 2015

 

Mere days after the announcement of Numan's October shows, the VIP tickets for the Manchester show have sold out.  The London VIP tickets are expected to sell out within days.  This is your last chance to get backstage on the nights that Gary Numan performs his classic albums!  (Hat Tip: Graham B. and Martin S.)

 

 

 My friend Karl from Kalkulus is known for his Numan-inspired CDs and live performances.  To celebrate Gary's historic residency as Numan performs his largest albums live on stage, Karl has made available his "reimagining" of Numan's Random for free to Gary's fans on Soundcloud and below.  I hope you like it as much as I did!

 

 

 

 

 

Hello to the Numanoids of the World!  Jim "The Machman" Napier with a fashionably late May update this month!  I've been on tour with Men Without Hats and I've just booked my trip to Gary's home state of California to watch him perform on a bill with Peter Murphy and many other cool bands at the Ink & Iron Festival in Long Beach.  Thanks to Liz who is covering the rental car whilst I cover our lodging!  We'll be seeing Peter Murphy a couple of times while we're in SoCal to pad the trip with extra coolness.  Oh yeah, the news.  Well there's lots of it.  ONWARD..............

 

Gary Numan will be performing some exceptional shows in the UK in October.  Following bands such as Kraftwerk who presently play their classic albums in succession over many nights, Gary will be performing the full classic albums Replicas, The Pleasure Principle and Telekon live at the London Forum over a special three-night "artist residency".  Numan has very rarely played three London nights in a row since Wembley in 1981.

 

 

Presale tickets appeared out of nowhere and without warning the morning of Monday, May 18 at 10:00 am GMT.  Word of these historic shows went viral worldwide.  Within minutes, all of the discounted 3-day packages sold out, as well as the single-day pass for the Telekon performance.  The servers had issues keeping up with those after these tickets as some had to keep refreshing the page.  The 3-day passes will include a priceless laminate and lanyard, priceless because they are no longer for sale anywhere.  Remaining regular single passes for each show are still available, and will go on sale Friday, May 22 at 09:00 GMT.

 

And for those lucky enough to reside in the UK, that's not all!  Numan will also be performing at the Manchester Academy on October 24.  The Academy venue has been around for 25 years, and Gary Numan will be a part of the celebration with a regular concert, with a few surprises thrown in.  Gary has already written a couple of new tracks this month on May 6 for his new album (and saved a lizard from one of his cats on the same day)!  By October many more songs will be ready for primetime.  Tickets went on sale Wednesday, May 20 at 5:25 pm GMT.

 

VIP Tickets are as of this very moment available.  They are £125 per London or Manchester show in addition to the regular ticket cost.  The benefits have been much improved (Hat Tip: Lesley C.):

 

- Meet Gary and get your own photo with him on stage at The Forum
- Exclusive Behind-the-scenes Access to watch and take your own photos of Gary during soundcheck (NO FILMING OF SOUNDCHECK)
- An Exclusive Limited Edition Signed Poster
- A Special Souvenir VIP Meet & Greet laminate that will give you priority access into the show when the doors open
- Crowd-free shopping at the merch store before doors open
- You'll receive all of your VIP merchandise in a Gary Numan Tote Bag on the day of the show

 

People who have purchased VIP tickets have been receiving their emails.  Those who purchased the VIP for Manchester will note that it says "Manchester Apollo" and not "Manchester Academy".  But no worries, you're still good to go.  Still kind of funny that they're celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Manchester Academy by getting its name wrong!

 

As always the VIP tickets won't last long.  At last count, there were less than 16 VIP tickets left for the night of Telekon, and less than 7 VIP tickets left for Manchester.  While you probably have a couple of days to play with for the London shows, this is likely your last chance to get backstage at the Manchester Academy!

 

Gary acknowledges that his last album Splinter (Songs From a Broken Mind), was the best-reviewed album of his career.  Indeed it was hard for me to keep up with all the great reviews for you here on the NAGNFC.  After scores of glowing reviews, I can count on one hand the number of bad reviews about Numan's new album from the media.  Given the extraordinary response, Gary is confident to take the time between that album and the next to celebrate his earlier output:

 

“Having spent most of the last two years touring ‘Splinter’, and with another hectic touring schedule being planned for the release of the new album next year, 2015 seems an ideal time to revisit the three albums that changed my life,” says Numan about the three-night residency. “These three albums are now considered classics and being able to play each one in its entirety, over three nights in London, will be very special for me. I very rarely look back at past glories but, with these shows, I intend to not only look back, but to celebrate those early days. Without those songs and experiences I wouldn’t be here today. ‘Splinter’ was widely considered to be one of the best, if not the best album I’ve ever made. With that achievement I’ve finally learned to be proud of my history, and that’s what these shows are all about.” 

 

NAGNFC Readers knew that my friend Voltaire recently invited Gary Numan to narrate Odokuro, one of his animated short films.  I had the privilege to see Voltaire perform in Buffalo last month. After he had played one of his better known songs, he played a yet untitled new track.  After the song he asked the audience if they ever wrote a song with an incredibly catchy hook like that before.  Voltaire said that after thinking about it some more, he realized that his inspiration was Gary Numan!  He then pointed at me and played just the hook from his new song saying "You're the Numan guru, ya should know which song this is from!"  Well honestly, I choked.  I already had two beers in me, which is about the max that I drink per year.  He played it a couple more times before it came to me.  The hook was clearly from Down in the Park.  We had a laugh about it after the show and he was kind enough to give me a copy of his latest album, Raised By Bats.  He said that he hoped that I liked it, especially as it includes a lot more synthesizer than his previous albums, including some assists by Melora Creager of Rasputina, who opened for Numan on his Pleasure Principle Tour.  Thanks to Voltaire for a fun night!

 

 

Aurelio Voltaire and Jim "The Machman" Napier

Buffalo Joe's

April 25, 2015

 

An event took place last weekend in Ithaca, New York to celebrate the man and his invention that made Gary Numan famous.  The Moog Birthday Bash included lectures, food and performances.  Special guests included daughter Michelle Moog (who runs the Bob Moog Foundation), Herb Deustch (who is recognized as co-inventor of the Moog Synthesizer), David Borden (whose band Mother Mallard is the world's first synthesizer ensemble) and Grammy-award winner Malcolm Cecil (who built TONTO, the world's largest synth mod in the late 1960s.  They even had Moog cake and Moog beer!

 

 

Jim "The Machman" Napier and Herb Deutsch (co-inventor of the Moog Synthesizer)

Moog Birthday Bash

Ithaca Tompkins County History Center

May 16, 2015

Photography: Carl Patzer

 

A highlight for me was watching them all jam together for a couple of songs.  A bigger highlight for me was that a Gary Numan-signed poster was being raffled off to help the Bob Moog Foundation.  I didn't win that, but I did win a Moog Archives T-shirt, a 1969 interview with Bob Moog on CD, and a TONTO Moog CD from 1970.

 

 

Mooging around on a 2014 model Minimoog

Ithaca Tompkins County History Center

Photography: Diane Patzer

 

But the biggest highlight for me was making friends with Michelle Moog.  As soon as I introduced myself as the curator of Gary Numan's most well-known fan site, she relayed her account of meeting Numan this year at the NAMM event in Los Angeles in January (the NAGNFC included pictures of Numan there in the February update).  Michelle told me how kind and down-to-earth Gary is, and that she enjoyed meeting Numan.  She even showed me some pictures on her phone of Gary at the event, after which I showed her some pics on my phone with him.  Michelle then said there was something major I could do to help the Bob Moog Foundation.  They have a guitar hanging on their wall given to them and autographed by Gary Numan.  The NAGNFC will be teaming up with the BMF to make this very special item available to my readers here.  It's for an excellent cause.  Among other projects like working on a future Moogseum in Asheville, NC (which is already alive and interactive on their excellent site, The Bob Moog Foundation helps teach kids the science of sound through the magic of music and technology.

 

 

Jim "The Machman" Napier and Michelle Moog-Koussa

Moog Birthday Bash

Ithaca Tompkins County History Center

May 16, 2015

Photography: Carl Patzer

 

Oh no this is just awful.  Jonathan Bates (aka Big Black Delta) entertained those who came to see Gary Numan on his Splinter Tour in North America.  It was a true pleasure to see him perform each night, swinging his microphone around in wide circles, amazingly without hitting anyone or anything around him.  Well Jonathan was robbed of most everything he owns.  On May 14th Jon went to retrieve a vacuum cleaner from his Public Storage space and found all of his belongings gone. With one crowbar he was robbed of 90% of his earthly possessions. All of his gear, his laptop, thousands of records, stage lights, all Big Black Delta merchandise, Fender Coronados, rig, essentially everything he needs to put on a show...to make music.  On the same day he came home, after dealing with the police at the storage unit, to find out that his identity was also stolen.  Gary Numan wants you to know that we can help him get it back.  Serena McKinney has organized a Crowdrise fundraiser, without Jonathan's knowlege, to help him through this incredibly difficult time.  He had insurance but that covers only $2000 of the losses.  The goal is $10,000, and we're almost halfway there.  Jonathan was a super-cool guy to meet, and my wish is that you'll throw a few bucks his way to help out a guy that even inspired Roman Remains to come out and dance on stage to his show in Denver!  Meanwhile, I too have a Public Storage unit, and have just now put an extra padlock on it!

 

 

Jonathan Bates

Big Black Delta

Kansas City Ernie Biggs Dueling Piano Bar

April 3, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Just a short update this month as life has been pretty busy, but I wanted to thank everyone who helped the cause this month with your contributions, and to Stefan in Germany for an amazing logo!  I promise an extra special June update next week! 

 

'Til next time!

 

                           Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

 

 

Men Without Hats show

Jacksonville Jack Rabbits

May 2, 2015

 

 

 

 

April 23, 2015

 

As NAGNFC Readers already knew, Android in La La Land is all but dead, and Gary Numan will be embarking upon production of his own documentary.  The title for the DVD has been revealed to be Here in the Black, which is also the title of Gary's favorite song from Splinter to play live.  Stay tuned for the release date.

 

 

 

Dinner with Rrussell Bell

Malibu

April 18, 2015

Photography: Gemma Webb 

 

In the meantime, Gary is also working on the release of the DVD for the Hollywood Forever gig in 2013.  I remember that gig as being amazing.  I scored a great place up by the stage.  The place was so intimate, there weren't many places for the cameramen to stand.  So I gave up my prime spot so they could get the best video possible of the evening.  You're welcome!  :-)

 

 

Dinner with Rrussell Bell

Malibu

April 18, 2015

Photography: waiter (who cut off Rrussell!) 

 

Gary checked out the I Speak Machine show at the Human Resources venue in Los Angeles last weekend.  Involved in the band was Tara Busch, who is also involved in the upcoming film Zombies 1985 with the Webb girls.  It will be I Speak Machine's last gig for awhile until they write new stuff.  Gary said he loved the show.

 

 

Brand new merch appeared today in the Numan store.  Among the newer items are the revamped Berserker shirt, hoodies with a red Numan logo, the T-shirts from last month's Royal Festival gig (which includes the date of the show), and signed posters from the gig.

 

 

Tim Muddiman & The Strange play tonight at Club Kamikaze as part of the Camden Rocks Festival at 7:00 pm. They're sharing the stage with Josh Flowers & The Wild, The Parade and Paris Pickpockets.  Grab your advance tickets here.

 

 

April 15, 2015

Photography: Gary Numan 

 

What's with those AC/DC drummers?  First Chris Slade punched Gary Numan on the I, Assassin Tour after Gary asked him to ease up on the cymbals.  Now Phil Rudd has pleaded guilty in a New Zealand court to threatening to kill as well as to lesser drug and methamphetamine charges.  He has been released pending a court hearing in June.

 

 

Whale watching off the California coast

April 2015 

 

Nick Beggs, who performed on Numan's Outland, and also toured with Howard Jones, has dedicated a song to Steve Strange.  Featured on The Circuit Symphony's single New Romantic, Nick Beggs was there to help out.  I've included the track for you below  The song has been described as having a definite 80s feel.

 

 

 

A Facebook page has been set up for the huge Steve Strange festival organized by his family and friends.  Jayce Lewis and Amanda Lloyd appeared on a BBC Wales radio interview about the event this month.  ITV and the South Wales Evening Post have also chimed in on this upcoming event.  (Hat Tip: Mark Fowler and Jayce Lewis)

 

 

 

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor is selling his Beverly Crest home for 4.495 million.  Like Numan's Los Angeles place, it features a soundproof studio, a pool, tons of space, and gorgeous views.

 

 

Trent Reznor's pad.  First $4.495 million gets it! 

 

The Moog Synthesizer is the instrument that made Gary Numan famous.  They were invented by Robert Moog in 1964 in my hometown of Ithaca, New York where the Minimoogs were also created in Moog's first factory a couple of miles outside town in Trumansburg.  On April 11, our Ithacan synthesizer heritage was celebrated here at Tompkins County's History Center with a performance by David Borden, who was lifelong friends with Bob Moog whose factory he worked in until 1973 when the Moog name was sold off and the factory moved to Buffalo.  David created the World's first synthesizer ensemble called Mother Mallard's Portable Masterpiece Co.  Their album predated Kraftwerk's Autobahn by several years.  What follows are my pictures of the day as well as the original 1970 song called Easter by Mother Mallard, which was performed again at the History Center this month.

 

 

 

If I was to tell people what my Ithaca hometown sounds like, it would be the rushing waterfalls in the State Parks that surround the city (some higher than Niagara), the Canadian geese that migrate overhead, the academia of Cornell University, and the above song recorded on my very rural road just outside Ithaca on the Moog Synthesizer, which was invented here.

 

 

Tompkins County History Center

April 11, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier 

 

 

Tompkins County History Center

April 11, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier 

 

 

Tompkins County History Center

April 11, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier 

 

 

Tompkins County History Center

April 11, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier 

 

 

Tompkins County History Center

April 11, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier 

 

 

Tompkins County History Center

April 11, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier 

 

 

Tompkins County History Center

April 11, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier 

 

I got the chance to meet Bob Moog in 1997 at Cornell after his lecture on theremins.  We talked about Switched-On-Bach and how it was the biggest selling classical record.  Although he thought other classic records has sold more by then.  I got to shake his hand.  One of my biggest regrets is we never got a picture together. 

 

 

Tompkins County History Center

April 11, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier 

 

 

Tompkins County History Center

April 11, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier 

 

 

Tompkins County History Center

April 11, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier 

 

 

Tompkins County History Center

April 11, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier 

 

 

Tompkins County History Center

April 11, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier 

 

 

Tompkins County History Center

April 11, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier 

 

 

Tompkins County History Center

April 11, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier 

 

 

 

There were all kinds of synthesizers and theremins there to play with!

Tompkins County History Center

April 11, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier 

 

 

 

A stone plaque commemorates the site, now a pizza restaurant called 'Little Venice'. 

"Robert Moog created the Moog Synthesizer here in 1964" 

April 11, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier 

 

 

 

My car in front of the original Moog Synthesizer factory, now a pizza restaurant. 

April 11, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier 

 

 

 

 

The old Chalmers Gelatin Factory, built in 1872, sat at the Foot of Academy Street in Williamsville, a suburb of Buffalo New York. In 1971 it was home to Musonics, then with the purchase of R.A. Moog Company later that year and subsequent move from Trumansburg, Musonics became "Moog Musonics", and very shortly thereafter, "Moog Music Inc.".
This panorama was taken in late 1972 from the top of the escarpment, famous for winter driving adventures and feared by Truckers, and Moog's "Snow Crew" (the entire Test Department).
Behind the garage door on the right was the shipping department, and behind that, a fab shop for metal work. Inside the main entrance (under the awning) was the office area, Bill Waytena in the corner office to the right, Tom Gullo behind that, and Bob Moog behind Tom. To the immediate left of the entrance was the studio/display area.
The Production and Test areas were located in the back part of the white (later brown) building. Sales and Marketing were in the "garage" to the left of the white building, and Engineering was in the back part.
The pool of water in front was a concrete-lined spring-fed pond. By late 1975, the plant had become spring-fed as well. Water bubbled up through cracks in the floor at an ever increasing rate, and by the next move in 1976, the entire office area, lunch room, and much of Engineering was under water. Wooden pallets were scattered throughout for use as catwalks.
 

 

 

This picture was taken in 1984, after the management buy-out from Norlin and subsequent name change to "Moog Electronics". It shows the main entrance to the building. Offices, Engineering, and Customer Service were located across the front of the building (to the left of the entrance), and the manufacturing area was behind, laid-out with production lines and organized for efficient product flow.
And those cars... that's Tom Rhea's on the left, Dave Luce's van on the right.
 

 

 

 

In 1976 Moog Music Inc. had recently been purchased by CMI (Chicago Musical Instruments, later to become "Norlin"), and relocated about five miles from the Williamsville location to the vacant "GEX" building at 2500 Walden Avenue, in another Buffalo suburb, Cheektowaga. GEX was originally a membership department store for government employees. The building was roughly 120,000 square feet, and on permanent display in the parking lot was a full size Polaris ICBM Missile.
When Moog moved in, a wall was built separating the building into two 60,000 square-foot areas. One half was occupied by Moog Music, the other by an indoor flea market. And for a short time, the Missile remained.
 

 

 

Old Cheektowaga Moog Factory

April 18, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier 

 

The building that housed the Cheektowaga Moog Factory, for years later a popular and massive Flea Market until 2014, was torn down this year. 

 

 

Old Cheektowaga Moog Factory

April 18, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier 

 

The Flea Market sign still stands, a reminder of the building that once housed the factory that created the instrument that made Gary Numan famous

April 18, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier 

 

A massive full day Robert Moog birthday bash is scheduled for May 16 at the Tompkins Country History Center.  There will be a large Moog Cake, Moog Beer, live Moog bands, special guests including the original factory workers and early musicians, and much more!  The NAGNFC will be proud to be there to cover it all, as a proud Ithacan whose eccentric sensibilities helped us create such a machine here so long ago.

 

Kelly Hawkins is looking for a place to stay for Gary Numan's Long Beach show if any other ladies are staying nearby!  I last saw her at Numan's Iowa City show in November.  Give her a shout if you have some extra room!

 

 

With Numan's fans Melanie and Silvia in Germany

March 2014 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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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