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November 21, 2014

 

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

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

Obsküre

Nov/Dec 2013 Issue

 

 

 

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

 

 

North American Customers can order the 2xLP soundtrack here:

$22.99 + $5.99 shipping

 


UK Customers can order the 2xLP soundtrack here:
£15.99 UK +
£5.99 shipping

 


 
European customers can order the 2xLP soundtrack here:
€17.99 Euro  +  €6.99 shipping

 


Australian Customers can order the 2xLP soundtrack here:
$25.99 + $10.99 shipping

 

 

 

 

North American Customers can order the DVD here:

$9.95 + $5.00 shipping

     

 

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£7.00 UK + £5.00 shipping

   




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



Austin Fun Fun Fun Fest
November 8, 2014

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


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



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



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



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

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

 

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

 

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


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


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


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


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

 

 

 

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

 

 

The Sun

November 21, 2014

Photography: Paul F. 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Shared by Louise B.

 

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

 

 

 

November 10, 2014

 

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

 

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

 

 

Fun Fun Fun Fest

Austin, Texas

November 8, 2014

Photography and shared by Kristin Harris

 

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

 

 

Fun Fun Fun Fest

Austin, Texas

November 8, 2014

Shared by John D.

 

 

Fun Fun Fun Fest

Austin, Texas

November 8, 2014

Shared by John D.

 

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

 

 

Fun Fun Fun Fest

Austin, Texas

November 8, 2014

Shared by John D.

 

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

 

 

Fun Fun Fun Fest

Austin, Texas

November 8, 2014

Shared by John D.

 

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

 

 

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

November 8, 2014

 

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

 

 

With Dave Dupuis at the last regular show

Blue Moose Tap House

November 5, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Cameron with Gary at the VIP Meet

Blue Moose Tap House

November 5, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

Blue Moose Tap House

November 5, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

Blue Moose Tap House

November 5, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

Blue Moose Tap House

November 5, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

Iowa City Blue Moose Tap House

November 5, 2014

Photography: Dave Dupuis

 

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

 

 

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

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

Blue Moose Tap House

November 5, 2014

Photography: Dave Dupuis

 

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

 

 

Blue Moose Tap House

November 5, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Blue Moose Tap House

November 5, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

Blue Moose Tap House

November 5, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Blue Moose Tap House

November 5, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Blue Moose Tap House

November 5, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

Blue Moose Tap House

November 5, 2014

 

November 5, 2014

 

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

 

 

Winnipeg Garrick Centre

November 3, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

Winnipeg Garrick Centre

November 3, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

Winnipeg Garrick Centre

November 3, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

 

Radioactive Man

Nim Vind

 

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

 

 

Winnipeg Garrick Centre

November 3, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

Winnipeg Garrick Centre

November 3, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

Winnipeg Garrick Centre

November 3, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

Jim "The Machman" Napier

NAGNFC

P.O. Box 26

Buffalo, New York 14240-0026

USA

 

 

Aftershow Party

Winnipeg Kings Head Pub

November 3, 2014

Photography: bar staff

 

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

 

 

Graphic artwork and shared by Stefan "Numanhuman" Jungklaus

 

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

 

 

Graphic artwork and shared by Stefan "Numanhuman" Jungklaus

 

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

 

 

Shared by Louise

 

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

 

 

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

Winnipeg Kings Heads Pub

November 3, 2014

 

 

 

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

 

 

Enroute to the Winnipeg show

Wynyard, Saskatchewan

November 2, 2014

Photography: Joey Lindstrom

 

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

 

 

Saskatoon O'Brians Event Centre

November 1, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Saskatoon O'Brians Event Centre

November 1, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

Saskatoon O'Brians Event Centre

November 1, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Saskatoon O'Brians Event Centre

November 1, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Steve Harris, Tim Muddiman and Joey Lindstrom after the soundcheck

Saskatoon O'Brians Event Centre

November 1, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

Saskatoon O'Brians Event Centre

November 1, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Saskatoon O'Brians Event Centre

November 1, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Saskatoon O'Brians Event Centre

November 1, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

Gemma mingling with us in the audience

Saskatoon O'Brians Event Centre

November 1, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Gemma mingling with us in the audience

Saskatoon O'Brians Event Centre

November 1, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

 

Edmonton Union Hall soundcheck

October 31, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Edmonton Union Hall

October 31, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

Edmonton Union Hall

October 31, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Drummer Frank gets into the Halloween spirit

Edmonton Union Hall

October 31, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

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

Edmonton

October 31, 2014

 

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

 

 

Calgary Flames Central

October 30, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Calgary Flames Central

October 30, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Calgary Flames Central

October 30, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

Calgary Flames Central

October 30, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Calgary Flames Central

October 30, 2014

Photography: Dave Dupuis

 

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

 

 

Calgary Flames Central

October 30, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Calgary Flames Central

October 30, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

Vancouver Rickshaw Theatre

October 29, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Vancouver Rickshaw Theatre

October 29, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

Vancouver Rickshaw Theatre

October 29, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Vancouver Rickshaw Theatre

October 29, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

Vancouver Rickshaw Theatre

October 29, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

Vancouver Rickshaw Theatre

October 29, 2014

Photography: Dave Dupuis

 

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

 

 

Seattle Neptune Theater

October 28, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

Seattle Neptune Theater

October 28, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

Seattle Neptune Theater

October 28, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

Seattle Neptune Theater

October 28, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

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

 

 

Seattle Neptune Theatre

October 28, 2014

 

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

 

 

Vancouver Rickshaw Theatre

October 29, 2014

Photography: Nim Vind

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

Pomona Glasshouse

October 23, 2014

Photography: Tim Eilers

 

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

 

 

Graphic art by Mark Kemp

 

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

 

 

 

Breaking News

 

October 28, 2014

 

Gary played Portland's Roseland Theater Sunday evening to a packed crowd.  The VIP meet-and-greet consisted of 12 fans this time.  A highlight was a gift from Rebecca and her man who'd traveled from Birmingham to follow Numan's Tour to Portland, Seattle and Vancouver.  She told me she was inspired to make the trip after reading about my trip to the Arctic waters of James Bay last month on Facebook.  They just said "let's do this"!  Rebecca brought a great gift for Gary as well, in the form of a few cans of Smedley peas from England.  Gary told me they are like England in a can, used for proper fish and chips primarily in the southern UK.  For the man who has everything!

 

 

Portland Roseland Theater

October 26, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Portland Roseland Theater

October 26, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

A few fans were really nervous to meet Gary, but I reassured them, saying Gary was really easy to speak with.  One guy was absolutely racked with nerves at meeting his hero, and sure enough, Gary did most of the talking for them.  The worst I'd ever seen was a young lady at the VIP in Reading.  She couldn't form words and just looked at Gary, who told Tour Manager Dave it appeared they were instead having a "Meet-and-Look"!  LOL!

 

 

Portland Roseland Theater

October 26, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Impromptu NAGNFC preshow party

Original Restaurant

October 26, 2014

 

 

Portland Roseland Theater soundcheck

October 26, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

It was revealed that Gary would be mixing up the setlist for the show.  One addition, he said, would be A Shadow Falls On Me.  Numan only played this song at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.  I told him that I remembered the handwritten cheat sheet he brought to remember the lyrics.  Numan replied he had another cheat sheet for this evening's performance.  Other tracks added on this tour is a cool different version of I Am Dust, Films, When the Sky Bleeds He Will Come and Dead Sun Rising.  Gary promised even more setlist changes for the Seattle show this evening.

 

 

Portland Roseland Theater

October 26, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

The show sounded amazing and it seems like Numan and the band are finding their stride on this tour.  Steve and Tim are just killing it in the best way for us.  I've never seen Frank more aggressive on the drums.  And I have to admit to loving the way Josh Giroux closes the show each night with different classic Numan sounds blasting through those loudspeakers.  Nirvana!

 

 

 

Portland Roseland Theater

October 26, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

There was a couple aftershow parties after the show.  One was across the street, featuring a dance floor with steampunks young and old dancing to obscure 80s tracks I hadn't heard in ages.  The more official aftershow party, however, was at a place called the Star Bar.

 

 

Portland Roseland Theater

October 26, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Protafield have just released a cool track today called Redesign featuring vocals by Gary Numan on iTunes.  Gary's friend Jayce Lewis is most of Protafield with Jack Slade on drums and Martin Thompson on bass.  So far the reviews of the track are glowing:

 

This is an epic album, in every sense bigger, louder and more diverse than Jayce's previous album. It stutters into play with the twin singles God-Forced and Severe Sever which really don't represent the style here at all, it has some hard tunes to digest, but stay with it, you will be rewarded. Stand outs are the epic Make Believe and the Numan duet Redesign, but with synths crackling, guitars on overload every tune becomes an earworm especially Wrath. If I had to describe this would say think of the weird son of Killing Joke and Prodigy crossed with Rammstein. Enjoy.

 

 

 

Check out this excellent review of Portland's show from Colin McLaughlin of Wondering Sound.  Gary made such an impression on this photographer/reporter that I have to include the review in its entirety below.  Just wow:

 

 

Portland Roseland Theater

October 26, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier 

 

Numan kicked off his North American tour for his latest creation...at the Glasshouse with dedicated fans lined at the rail. I was pretty impressed with Jim, who handles the fan site (for Numanoids) and is going to make every show this tour.

The Calgary Herald featured a cool article Monday entitled Electronic Music Pioneer Re-Energized 35 Years Into His Career.  Gary spoke with them candidly about the missteps he said he made chasing the corporate dream of high chart placements instead of continuing to break new ground in his art. 

 

Slowly, surely, he began to feel the cloud lift and feel the creativity return, with Splinter the result. And, again, as the title suggests, it’s a dark, often harrowing recording, that taps back into that time, mining it for all its emotional worth.

 

The Calgary Herald also featured another article with Gary as he recounts the time he spent with Canadian Nash the Slash, and how shocked he was to receive the news that he'd passed away.

 

 

 

Portland Roseland Theater

October 26, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

See everyone at the Neptune Theatre this evening to jam with Numan.  I wonder what he'll play this evening?

 

 

Gary Numan and Hugh B.

Petaluma McNear's Mystic Theater

October 24, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

October 26, 2014

 

The Fall Splinter Tour of 2014 couldn't be going better!  Despite Game 3 of the World Series in nearby San Francisco, Gary's show in Petaluma looked sold out.  It was a cool club and was the first to offer seating in the back since the show at Tucson's Rialto Theater.  A preshow party was held by Anita who very awesomely passed out homemade Numan posters to everyone there as well as baggies full of pins with pictures from the Splinter photo sessions.  Anita made sure I was well fed after my journey from last night's show in Los Angeles, then we met up in time for the VIP Meet-and-Greet. 

 

 

Big G visited Gary at home!

October 2014

 

  I helped Tour Manager Dave with the VIPs.  We commented it was like we never stopped doing this!  As the Meet-and-Greet continued, I snagged exclusive Numan venue posters for the event and gave them away to the VIPs who asked for them.  The venue was replacing them as fast as I could snag them, and even gave out a pile of them to people in front after the show!

 

 

Pomona Glasshouse with Gary Numan and Liz J.

October 23, 2014

Photography: David Dupuis

 

 

 

Pomona Glasshouse

October 23, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Gary was asked questions about his kids and his recent cage dive with sharks.  Many had never met him before and were quite nervous to meet him, even though Gary is great to speak with.  We found out that Gary will be contributing vocals to a band called The Vow.

 

 

 

The show was truly in a class of its own.  The clarity of the sound was intoxicating, the band were doing very interesting fills and twerks with their instruments and I scored another drumstick from Frank!  His name is embossed on every drumstick, which you can see if you remove the silver tape.  People have been asking me who the band is this time.  It's Josh Giroux on keys (Art Director for the Splinter cover), Tim Muddiman, Steve Harris, and Frank Zummo.  Gemma is there too.  People were a little worried after they didn't see her at the Los Angeles show, but she was there in the shadows.

 

 

Pomona Glasshouse

October 23, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Pomona Glasshouse

October 23, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Pomona Glasshouse soundcheck

October 23, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Since this is still the Splinter Tour, Gary's best-reviewed tour, the setlist for this tour is the same.  And since this tour will continue into several cities Gary has never performed, or hasn't for 34 years, it will be fresh for many more to come on this tour.  As has been reported here on the NAGNFC, Hammersmith will be two-and-a-half hours long, so the setlist will be different, obviously, to accommodate the remaining 40 minutes.  The set will also be the largest overall since Wembley, according to Numan.  I spoke with Tim who said there were only 400 tickets left for Hammersmith.  They fully expect the show to sell out.

 

 

Pomona Glasshouse

October 23, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Pomona Glasshouse

October 23, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Pomona Glasshouse

October 23, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

After the Petaluma show, the band and friends partied downstairs as Gary had a snooze.  Many waited by the bus to speak with Gary, who later chatted with everyone who approached him for pictures or autographs.  Thanks to Terry and others who offered a meal after the show, but I had to return my Ford Mustang and fly out at 6:00 am for Portland!

 

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Pomona Glasshouse

October 23, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Pomona Glasshouse

October 23, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Pomona Glasshouse

October 23, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

The show in Gary's hometown of Los Angeles was the perfect show to kick off the tour.  The sold-out show was in the burbs in a place called Pomona at the Glasshouse (and no he didn't play In A Glasshouse LOL).  I caught up with the roadies, Oren, Dave and others!  Stage manager Oren scored guitar pics for me.  There are new ones for Steve and Tim on this tour!

 

 

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

The show began with Gary's friends IAMX, who clearly came to party!  I saw them open for Gary in England once, but I don't remember them being this good!  The songs were heavily synth-laden and satisfyingly heavy.  The were surrounded by video screens that showed Anton-Corbin-style vids they'd created.  One of their songs was draped by a crazy video-mixing of their I Am Dust video they'd recently directed for Numan.  It was overall very cool indeed.

 

 

Petaluma McNear's Mystic Theatre

October 24, 2014

Photography: Anita Smith

 

 

Petaluma McNear's Mystic Theatre

October 24, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Petaluma McNear's Mystic Theatre

October 24, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Gary's show was brilliant!  Gary and the band filled the space with tracks from his best-reviewed album and satisfied older fans with the classics.  Gary told me the next day that he'd put so much energy into the performance, that he really felt it later and was paying for it now! 

 

 

Petaluma McNear's Mystic Theatre

October 24, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Petaluma McNear's Mystic Theatre

October 24, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Petaluma McNear's Mystic Theatre

October 24, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

It was great catching up with Matt, Tim, and others.  Thanks especially to Liz from Alaska for the ride from the airport.  It worked out brilliantly since she arrived at LAX about the same time as me!  And the ride back was above and beyond.  I owe you one!  Too bad the In-N-Out was closed this time!

 

 

Petaluma McNear's Mystic Theatre

October 24, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Petaluma McNear's Mystic Theatre

October 24, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Petaluma McNear's Mystic Theatre

October 24, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

After the show, Gary and the band spent the night in Roseburg, Oregon, most of the way to the next show in Portland.  He mentioned the rain from the hotel was the first he'd seen since traveling to England.  California has been in a serious drought for some time now.  It was a real change to see so much green as I flew into Portland, after being in a very brown L.A.

 

 

Petaluma McNear's Mystic Theatre

October 24, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Petaluma McNear's Mystic Theatre

October 24, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Petaluma McNear's Mystic Theatre

October 24, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Tonight, Gary plays the Roseland Theater in Portland!  I'm staying in a hotel downtown a couple minutes walk away.  Then tomorrow is another free day from the tour before the show in Seattle, his last American show until Iowa in 10 days.

 

 

Petaluma McNear's Mystic Theatre

October 24, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Petaluma McNear's Mystic Theatre

October 24, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Meeting fans outside after the show

Petaluma McNear's Mystic Theatre

October 24, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Backstage board with info for the entourage

Petaluma McNear's Mystic Theatre

October 24, 2014

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

October 23, 2014

 

Gary Numan kicks off his new tour this evening in the Entertainment Capital of the World.  To tide you over until then, Tim Eilers is back with another amazing cover of The Fall which was definitely worth the wait!  Tim sings this one menacingly as scenes of destruction play in the video.  I loved the small Numanish plane flying through Los Angeles as the city is falling apart.  Tim told me he is doing the VIP in Los Angeles and is really jazzed about the show.  Enjoy his new cover song and video below!

 

 

Sincere thoughts go out to my Canadian friends and readers.  As a massive fan of your country from way back, the events in Ottawa today hit me hard too.  Enlightened Canada is always a place for me to escape the worst facets of society.  It is so very sad to see such anonymous, cowardice violence now expressed as a way to address grievances in your country as well.  Stay strong Ottawa.  Stay strong Canada.

 

 

October 22, 2014

 

Well I fly tomorrow for the start of the Gary Numan tour in Los Angeles.  Bit of a change on the opening band front.  Kitten, who was going to open for Gary for the shows, has pulled out less than a week before the tour.  They had this to say on their Facebook page:

 

We are very sorry to announce that we will not be going on the Gary Numan tour. We have many things coming up for all of you, but this tour didn't make sense at this time. Announcing more dates soon.. stay tuned w kitten

 

This is an odd statement to say the least.  The only upcoming show Kitten has scheduled now is the Rickshaw Theatre in San Francisco on November 26 where I saw Men Without Hats in August.  There is more to this story and I will endeavor to learn more.  Stay tuned.

 

 

Gemma and Gary about to swim with sharks.  Gemma called the trip one of the best she'd ever taken.

Guadeloupe, Mexico

October 21, 2014

 

The good news is that IAMX is now slated to open for Gary for his hometown L.A. show.  You will remember IAMX are the outfit responsible for the well-received I Am Dust video.  The opening band from Seattle to Winnipeg will now be Nim Vind, a solo horrorpunk act whose album due later this year is mixed by Todd Rungren.  They say the idea for the sound of the band is to "mix the dark art of Bauhaus with the catchy melodies and angst of The Misfits".  They are most often compared to Volbeat and Social Distortion in the press.

 

 

 

Mike Mettler, music editor of Sound & Vision, featured his interview with Gary Numan in Digital Trends yesterday entitled While Hipsters Relive the Sound He Pioneered, Gary Numan Keeps Forging Forward.  Gary is asked some great questions he's not normally asked.  Mike asks him about the From Inside film score, Gary's place in the current electronic music scene, and they talk about music delivery formats from the lowly cassette all the way to modern-day digital audio (Hat Tip: Paul of Cambridge).  Gary said:

 

 Speaking of quality — the funny thing is, yesterday, my children were rummaging around in a box, and they found a cassette, a music cassette. They’d never seen one before, and they came up to me: “What is it?” “This is how we used to listen to music.” They couldn’t believe it! (laughs) I was trying to explain to them how dreadful the sound was, compared to what they’re used to now. They were just absolutely fascinated how this piece of material going around and around could make sound. It was interesting to me to see them try and figure it out. It was brilliant.

 

 

Guadaloupe, Mexico

October 21, 2014

 

Fans of good music should make their way to the Oxfam in Olney.  They have 2000 vinyl records at any given time.  An article in the Milton Keynes Citizen interviewed volunteer Rowland Cleverley who aims to make it a proper record store and not just a charity shop.  Rowland told the publication his most memorable sale was Gary Numan's We Are Glass 7" single.  He researched the strange green vinyl and discovered there were only 3 of them in existence.  The whereabouts of two copies were known, but he had the lost copy.  The record went for £550 after a buyer traveled all the way from Witney to grab it.

 

 

In advance of Gary's visit to Portland next week, the Lovecraft Bar there is organizing a Gary Numan tribute party with Numan giveaways and lots of dancing.  It starts at 9:30 and there is no cover.

 

 

Mike Ragogna from the Huffington Post spoke with both Gary Numan and From Inside creator John Bergin.  Gary tells us how they came to work together, and delves into Numan's inspirations for the music in the film.  We also learn the intricate creative process involved with the recording of the music among two artists thousands of miles apart.  While pleased with the results from his collaboration with Ade, Gary reveals that he will be looking for a new partner to help him with his own new album.  Numan has rarely stayed with any one person for very long, so it is testament to Gary's faith in Ade Fenton that they worked together for such a long time.  Ade has moved on as well to work with others, as featured in the NAGNFC recently (see a few paragraphs below to hear a new song with April Towers that Fenton produced which is out Monday).

 

 

Guadaloupe, Mexico

October 21, 2014

 

Gary was featured in a fun interview today in The Stranger.  Trent Moorman speaks with Gary in depth about his upcoming tour, his trip to Mexico to swim with sharks, and about the fact that Robin Finck was signed up to tour with Gary until NIN called Robin back to tour with them.  Gary was very understanding (Hat Tip: Joey Lindstrom):

 

 He was all signed up to do it, but Trent rang him up and said that NIN was going back out again. Robin's an honorable man. He would have stuck with me if I'd insisted, but not only will Nine Inch Nails pay him much more money than I would, but he's such an integral part of that band. It's where he belongs.

 

 

Guadaloupe, Mexico

October 21, 2014

 

Well the waiting is over!  The Gary Numan Tour is about to begin!  12 more shows in the next 5 weeks.  I'm looking forward to the shows and to meeting everyone on tour.  Enjoy the coverage from Numan's concerts in 2 continents, 3 countries, 5 states and 4 provinces!

 

 

Shared online by Louise B.

 

October 17, 2014

 

Less than a week to go now before Gary begins the next leg of the Splinter Tour.  This has been Numan's most extensive, most well-reviewed, most far-reaching tour since 1980.  The tour will see Gary play cities he hasn't performed in for 34 years, and many other places he has never played before like Iowa, Winnipeg and Saskatoon.  As always, the NAGNFC will offer the best coverage from the tour, from backstage to the VIP meets to the shows themselves.  Come along and enjoy the shows with me here!

 

 

 

Here's my itinerary including flight connections over the next month or so.

 

The Numan Tour kicks off Thursday in his own hometown of Los Angeles.  Numan's personal guest list is absolutely full of friends and family.  There was a newly announced change this week.  For that show only, the opening band is now IAMX, the cool band responsible for Numan's well-received video for I Am Dust.  Kitten will open for Gary for most of the rest of the North American dates.

 

 

Gary at the Haunted Hayride Halloween Event

Los Angeles

October 14, 2014

 

Michael A. in Vancouver wrote me to warn readers about a website in Vancouver that is gouging fans, charging double and more for his show there.  The official ticket merchant for the show is Ticketfly.  Thanks, Michael! 

 

 

Manchester Apollo

September 29, 1983

Photography and shared online by Mark B.

 

Gary has just contributed an exclusive track with vocals to a video game called The Evil Within.  The game was released Tuesday, October 14 (exactly a year after Splinter was released) in North America and Europe, and was released yesterday in Australia.  The game was released in Japan as Psycho Break. The single-player survival horror game is available on Playstation 3 and 4, Xbox One and 360 and for Microsoft Windows.  The game was published by Bethesda Softworks who has also published a few other titles I enjoy!  The game is expected to do very well, having been created by Shinji Mikami, the inventor of the Resident Evil series.  It has already gone Gold as of September 25.  To promote the game, Warner Bros. Movie World in Queensland, Australia, created a maze populated with real-life characters from the game as part of its annual Fright Nights event.  As for the plot, while investigating the scene of a gruesome mass murder, Detective Sebastian Castellanos and his partners encounter a mysterious and powerful force. After seeing the slaughter of his fellow officers, Sebastian is ambushed and knocked unconscious. When he awakens, he finds himself in a deranged world where hideous creatures wander among the dead. Facing unimaginable terror, and fighting for survival, Sebastian embarks on a frightening journey to unravel what is behind this evil force.  Gary's song is below:

 

 

 

 

 

Great pictures of Kalkulus' new album.

Pictured is Karl and famed street artist Gnasher

London Leake Street

Photography: KickAss Photography

 

Rolling Stone magazine says that Gary Numan gets better with age.  This in their review of the German Krautrock band Camera, with their new single Remember I Was Carbon Dioxide.  (Hat Tip: Paul of Cambridge)

 

 

 

Los Angeles Magazine featured an article entitled The Rarely Told Story of the World's Most Famous Song About Automobiles.  They correctly say the song's lyrics were much darker, with a propulsive sound to match that intention.  Brief words from Numan are included.  Another interview on the subject was featured in the Telegraph with more exclusive words by Gary.

 

 

Gary Numan with Trent Reznor

The Queen Mary (Dark Harbour) Halloween Event

Long Beach, California

October 3, 2014

 

 

Gary Numan with Trent Reznor

The Queen Mary (Dark Harbour) Halloween Event

Long Beach, California

October 3, 2014

 

To everyone who ordered Gary Numan's From Inside DVD from the NAGNFC, all DVDs have been mailed!  So you will get to enjoy the new scary Gary movie well in time for Halloween!  The movie is often more bleak than scary actually.  Gary was the perfect choice to provide the atmospheric music for this gently animated movie.  Unlike his last major soundtrack for The Unborn, which sounded much like what he was doing at the time, this soundtrack surprises with cool sounds we haven't heard in Numan's repertoire to date.  And it plays well against Cee's (the young girl's) narrative.  Its experimental passion put me in mind of Thomas Dolby's awesome score for the 1986 movie Gothic.  And like the best horror films, From Inside has a twist ending that will stay with you.  DVDs are still available from the NAGNFC a few paragraphs below on this page.  Meanwhile, I'll be giving them out as contest prizes at preshow parties in Canada as well as at NAGNFC's 25th Anniversary London aftershow party.  Details forthcoming!

 

 

Gemma and Gary rode an actual ride from the Neverland Ranch

Dark Harbour Halloween Event

Long Beach, California

October 3, 2014

 

Gary attended a screening of the movie in Hollywood last Wednesday.  He said it was really cool to experience the film in that setting.

 

 

Gemma Webb gets into the Halloween spirit

October 14, 2014

 

A brilliant and full review of From Inside appeared in DVD Talk.  They call it a truly unique piece of art that's not afraid to push the boundaries of its medium:

 

Hypnotically and hauntingly gorgeous, it's actually kind of a mini-masterpiece in indie animation... The star of this special new Gary Numan edition is of course Numan's score, which gets a booming front seat in the mix. The sometimes bombastic, sometimes solemn electronic score will give your surround system quite a workout, especially through the excellent 5.1 mix. The design and mixing of the sound effects are also spectacular, especially considering that this was a low-budget production.

 

 

 

The Webb family at Disneyland for an early birthday celebration for Persia's 9th birthday, who is pictured up top with a Maleficent-style cake

October 14, 2014

 

A review of From Inside also appeared in the Russian publication

 

Over the past year, Gary Numan is on tour in support of the album "Splinter", which, according to the musician, recorded everything that happened in his life during the period from 2006 to 2011 (when the musician suffered from depression and took pills). Накануне начала записи нового лонгплея Ньюман выпускает оригинальный саундтрек к фильму "From Inside" режиссера-графика Джона Бергина ( John Bergin ). On the eve of the beginning of the recording of the new LPs Numan release the original soundtrack to the film "From Inside" director John Bergin graphics (John Bergin). Это первая за 23 года работа Ньюмана ( Gary Numan ) для кино - после саундтрека к хоррору "The Unborn". This is the first in 23 years, the work of Numan (Gary Numan) for the movie - after the horror soundtrack to "The Unborn". 

October 21 will go on sale DVD disc edition "From Inside - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" with music Numan and his co-author Ade Fenton (Ade Fenton).

Ньюман взялся за написание музыки к картине в 2013 году после того, как фильм объездил более 35 фестивалей с саундтреком другого автора. Numan began writing music for the film in 2013 after the film has traveled more than 35 festivals with a soundtrack of another author. Фрагмент фильма можно посмотреть на Youtube. Fragments of the film can be viewed on Youtube.

 

 

En route to Mexico for cage diving with sharks.  Have a good time guys!

October 15, 2014

 

Gary Numan spoke with Billboard and the Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday about scoring From Inside.  Also featured in Express, The New Daughter, US Nation Post, the Courier Journal, Gods and Alcoves and 15 Minute News, they talk about his touring, and how Gary is writing his newest novel in between tour dates.  Gary explains why he went back to scoring films and how it came about:

 

When I came to America, I went to a lot of meetings to say I would love to have an opportunity. It wasn't like I was trying to walk out of these meetings with a job; I was just saying, "Bear me in mind." Brian at Lakeshore rang up, and I thought it would be a nice first step. I could find out if I had any talent for it, the company wasn’t taking any great risk, and there was no pressure. I was able to see if I enjoyed it and see if it is a thing I want to do more of. It was a cautious and careful first step, and I'd like to do more.

 

 

Gary Numan and Rrussell Bell

Manchester Apollo

September 8, 1980

Photography and shared online by Mark B.

 

I thought I'd heard everything after the Klezmer Version of Metal.  And now Cecilia Noel and the Wild Clams have just released an album of 1980's covers.  Recorded in Cuba on Compass Records, the album Havana Rocks features songs by Gary Numan, Devo, Men At Work, David Bowie and others.   English is the primary language although the choruses are sung in Spanish.  The music has a Cuban flavor, with elements of soul and jazz mixed in.  I wasn't expecting much either after that description, but I have to say their cover of Cars is surprisingly energetic and enjoyable.  A review of the album by World Music Central didn't include the excellent video of the track, so a huge hat tip to Paul of Cambridge for tracking down a vid for us, which was released Tuesday!

 

 

 

Gary's friend Bill Nelson, who co-produced Warriors, received his own prestigious Walk-of-Fame style Star in Wakefield.  The Yorkshire Post was there to cover the event, which historically has honored those who have excelled in their field of expertise.  (Hat Tip: Alec W.)

 

 

Bill Nelson

October 6, 2014

Photography: Yorkshire Post

 

Tim Muddiman's Pledge Campaign to fund his new music project is at 71% with 102 days to go!  That's almost 30% more in half a month!  I knew you would come through for Tim!  The response has been fantastic, but it's no time to rest.  We still need YOU to make it the rest of the way.  There are a lot of benefits you can enjoy by donating too.  Check them out on his site here!

Gary Numan watches his brother John with Paul Gardiner behind him

1977

 

The From Inside CD went on sale last week worldwide on Amazon (although the physical CD seems to have run out temporarily on Amazon UK you can still download it).  Elsewhere you can grab it on Amazon in the US.  The reviews are glowing.

 

 

Gary sings Are 'Friends' Electric?

1988

 

October 1, 2014

 

From many of the links on the NAGNFC, readers notice the influence that Gary has on many different types of bands, who say they incorporate Numan's ideas and concepts into their own music.  But Gary's influence isn't only on music.  An article last month in Vogue Magazine proves that Gary Numan has influenced current day fashion as well.  They interviewed Andreas Melbostad from the Diesel Black Gold line at a fashion show backstage as he showed off his Spring 2015 line (Hat Tip to Steel and You and Paul from Cambridge):

 

Melbostad said backstage he’d been thinking about rockabilly, which always presented, just as he did here, women as having a kind of tough, empowered attitude. Yet he’d also been thinking (and listening) to New Wave late seventies/early eighties music, from Blondie, Kraftwerk, Gary Numan. It was a picture of the latter wearing a shirt with studs in the shape of stars that inspired the star print that ran through the entire collection with an insistent, rhythmic beat.

 

 

 

 

Hello to the Numanoids of the World!  Jim "The Machman" Napier here with the latest in the world of PlanetNuman thanks to NAGNFC Readers from all over the world!  Next month the NAGNFC, the World's Longest Running International News Source for Numan's Fans, turns 25 years old.  And what a month it will be.  Gary Numan will perform in front of his largest stage set since Wembley.  Next month will also mark the culmination of Numan's largest worldwide tour in more than 30 years.

 

 

 

Gary embarks on the next segment of his tour on October 23 in the Los Angeles suburb of Pomona.  Numan's Tour Manager Dave Dupuis wrote me today to say the guest list is now full.  Not surprising since it is Gary's hometown.  These new tour dates will include many cities, provinces and states Gary has never played before or haven't played in 34 years, including Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Iowa.  Gary's opening band for the regular US and Canadian shows will be Kitten.  We heard Kitten meowing on stage before Gary's show at the Santa Ana Observatory last September.  Very fun band!

 

 

 

Shared by Louise B.

 

A North American Gary Numan Fan Club group will be meeting up in Winnipeg before the show.  The meet-up is nearby at the Second Cup coffee house at 251 Edmonton Street in Winnipeg.  Here's the Facebook page for the meet!  Join us for caffeine and Numan chatter! (Hat Tip to Kelly A. and Joey L. for organizing this!)

 

 

Shared by Louise B. 

 

An interview with Ade Fenton appeared in Music Radar.  We learn much about the man, including that he is currently producing electro-pop duo April Towers for a release later this year.  Ade is also Resident DJ for Birmingham's techno event Atomic Jam.  He tells us about the process of working on the new soundtrack From Inside, as well as Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind).  Below is a song called Arcadia produced by Ade Fenton.  You can tell Ade by his signature synth and percussion effects in this very catchy track!

 

 

 

 

Shared by Su RM

 

Billboard Magazine devoted a full article to the new soundtrack From Inside due to be released October 21.  A nice concise article that will put the project on the radar for the readers of this iconic insider magazine.  They (and also the mag Classicalite) included this video of an interview with Gary about the project (below) (Hat Tip: David K from MVD).

 

 

 

 

 

Tim Muddiman has just launched a Pledge Campaign to help defray the costs of creating his new solo EP Stranger Than Paradise due around Christmas in December.  The EP will include 3 new tracks as well as 2 remixes.  The bennies for pledging aren't too bad actually.  For a $15 (£9) pledge, you will receive a stripped-down version of one of the tracks, exclusive news about Tim Muddiman & his band The Strange, exclusive invites to his first ever shows early next year, the debut EP on CD or vinyl, an intimate performance in the studio before the EP's release, and more!  Tim will also be donating to the charity, Anxiety UK.  Tim's Pledge Campaign has already reached 44% of its goal with 119 days to go.  I know I can count on you to help a friend and bandmate of Numan's realize his dream!

 

 

Gary said: They might look happy but mostly they were worried about snakes and wanted me to carry them. Even Wilbur.

September 22, 2014

 

 

 

Shared by Louise B. 

 

 


 
Parts 1 & 2


London Leake Street

Photography: KickAss Photography


My friend Karl from Kalkulus has honoured Gary's return to Hammersmith in a very special way.  The new album
Random on the Westside is hugely inspired by the cover of Tubeway Army's first 7" single That's Too Bad.  Until the lights go down after Gary plays London, you can see the street art of the Numan-inspired cover art, painted by none other than David "Gnasher" Nash, famous for his 20 foot high art of Rik Mayall in Rik's hometown of Harlow in Essex.  Check it out underneath Waterloo Station in the world-famous Banksy Tunnel.  Last weekend, Karl signed exclusive copies of his new CD, and said the feedback was tremendous.  It was the only time to grab the CD before it's officially released November 28.  There are only 500 copies, and half have already been presold.  T-shirts of the art were available on the day as well.  But it's not too late.  You can grab all this and more at his site.  Highly recommend!


London Leake Street

Photography: KickAss Photography




There is an amazing Facebook group for Gary Numan called Gary Numan Wembley Farewell Shows April 1981.  This is an incredible resource for those who want to remember those special 3 nights that Gary said farewell, perhaps forever.  Or if you're like me and were 11 when it all happened, Gary C. from that Facebook group sent me this great and fun read to share with you from those who were there.  I've never even seen 99% of the many pictures included!  (Hat Tip to Gary C. and everyone at the GNWFS group!)



The Rentals are currently on tour.  You may remember them from their 1995 song Friends of P.  Anyway, on Thursday the former Weezer band member told App his love for synthesizers began with Gary Numan.  The Rentals have just released their first new stuff in 15 years.

 

 

 

How cool is this cover of Cars on the light harp?  (Hat Tip: Jeff Tolva)

 

Sir Mix-A-Lot is a huge fan of Gary Numan.  He sampled Zero Bars (Mr. Smith) on his best-known album, thanking the Webbs in the credits.  More recently, his new video (posted on the NAGNFC a couple years ago) featured his homage to Numan's Cars Rolling Stone Magazine, Billboard and Music Times have just reported that Gary Numan would be Sir Mix-A-Lot's dream collaborator, as well as Madonna and Korn.  He decided against Prince, since he said Prince would just hog the studio.

 

 

Gary Numan with opening band Shock

London Wembley Arena

April 1981

Picture owned by Lowri-Ann Richards

Shared by Gary C. 

 

With the upcoming Decibel Festival in Seattle, the movie I Dream of Wires was screened in Seattle.  The film includes several artists related to the modular synthesizer including Gary Numan and Nine Inch Nails.  The Seattle Times give it 2.5 out of 4 stars.

 

 

Gary said: Club 33 restaurant in Disneyland this evening. Mostly watching YouTube clips of ghosts outside that very room. Creepy.

September 21, 2014

 

 

Shared by Louise B. 

 

Fans will get the chance to meet and take photos with Bill Nelson on October 6 at 5:00 pm as he is presented one of Wakefield's Stars at the Unity Works.  Nelson, who will give a speech at the event, worked with Gary Numan on the album Warriors.  The tickets are free but are limited so grab yours here today!  Here's what Bill had to say (Hat Tip: Alec W.):

 

As many of you will be aware, I've been awarded a Hollywood style star by Wakefield City Council in recognition of my musical career. The award will be presented to me on Monday the 6th October at Wakefield's 'Unity Works.'

The ceremony is open to fans but space is limited so tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served' basis. Tickets are free. The presentation of the award will take place in the 'Minor Hall' section of Unity Works. (The new name for the Unity Hall.) Actually, the 'Minor Hall' has a special place in my heart as this is the venue where I remember seeing my father play when I was still a very young child. In fact, this was the only time I got to see him perform live that I can recall.

I've been awaiting information about how fans can apply to reserve tickets to attend the Wakefield Star Award event but, so far, I've not been informed of how that can be done. I've sent an email today to ask, once again, for info about this but I suggest it might be worthwhile you contacting either the Wakefield Star committee directly or Unity Works as soon as possible to see if you can secure a place, (provided you would like to come along and lend me some support!) :wink:

As I said, it won't cost you anything to obtain a ticket but space is limited so please don't delay. After the presentation of the award I understand there will be an opportunity for 'networking' and general mingling and it would be really nice to meet some of you personally and say hello, (providing you're patient with my current hearing disability...)

If I am given any more info, I'll pass it on here. All I know at the moment is that the event will start at
5pm on Monday 6th October in The Minor Hall, Unity Works, Westgate, Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Hope some of you can make it!

 

He later wrote an update:

 

Just got home from a session at Fairview studio to transfer tracks recorded for my upcoming 'Stereo Star Maps' album and found an email from Wakefield council about availability of tickets for the Star Awards event at Unity Works in Wakefield this coming Monday, 6th of October. Tickets are free but you need to reserve them quickly as space is limited. I think someone may have posted the link whilst I've been over at Fairview today, but, here it is again. Hope I'll get to see some of you there!

 

 

Shared by Louise B. 

 

Proof positive that Gary Numan is much in demand among the general populace.  VIP passes for the London Hammersmith show literally sold out in minutes, crashing the server.  Subsequent Super VIP passes have sold out quicker than I could post an update about it here.  The 16 extra passes went for £200 each (still a bargain compared to the $500 VIP passes in Australia during the Pleasure Principle Tour of 2011).  VIP passes have historically been limited to 16 per show, so hopefully they'll start the VIP event a little sooner to ensure everyone has a good experience.  The Super VIP tickets included:

- Meet and greet where you can take your own photo with Gary, bring your favourite piece of personal memorabilia to get signed (please limit to 1 item) and the chance to chat one-on-one with the Electro legend
- Exclusive Behind-the-scenes Access to watch and take photos of Gary during soundcheck (NO FILMING OF SOUNDCHECK)
- A Limited Edition CD featuring an exclusive, previously unreleased track and Exclusive Artwork
- A Signed copy of 'Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind)' on CD
- A specially produced VIP Experience laminate that will give you priority access into the show at doors

 

For those who couldn't score a pass, rest assured the NAGNFC will hook you up with plenty of pictures and news from the VIP event at Hammersmith.

 

 

Shared by Numan Shane

 

No bites on my expensive Depeche Mode Fan Convention tickets I tried to give away here on the NAGNFC.  It kind of works out as the date of the event was since changed to December 14 at The Avalon in Hollywood.  I have nothing going that day so a friend and I will likely get out there and enjoy the event.

 

 

 

Thanks to everyone who helped the cause for the NAGNFC October update!   Stefan Jungklaus in Germany did an amazing job with the main graphic up top as always.  Thanks to Louise and Numan Shane for the pics, and so many others for helping with the latest news!  You are ALL superstars! 

 

 

Shared by Louise B.

 

Next month, the NAGNFC celebrates its 25th Anniversary.  Issue #1 of the NAGNFC was unleashed to the world on November 1, 1989.  Much of the main page will feature some of the NAGNFC's first graphics, logos and rough drafts.  The page will include a timeline of NAGNFC accomplishments over the past quarter century, from the dreams of a 21 year-old kid with a typewriter up to the present day's insider Numan news from the backstages of Gary's shows worldwide, including how we've hooked up the fans with the latest news, pics, great deals on Numan's latest output and hosting NAGNFC fan conventions.  Fans in California have asked me for high-res copies of my logo to create their own T-shirts to wear at Gary Numan's shows this month to commemorate 25 years of the NAGNFC.  Pics to come!!  The NAGNFC celebrations in November will culminate in Gary's big return to London Hammersmith followed by a jamming NAGNFC party after the show.  Stay tuned for all the details my friends!

 

'Til next time!

 

                                Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

 

 

Jim "The Machman" Napier and Jason Wright

Reading Sub 89

June 26, 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

    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