Volume 24    July 2015    Issue 233

 

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Breaking News

 

 July 2, 2015

 

About a day after all the UK VIP tickets have sold out, Gary Numan has, just this moment, made Premiere VIP passes available for sale for the London shows.  With the £200 Premiere Pass (purchased as well as a concert ticket), you will be able to meet Gary, sit in on three hours of rehearsal at a top London studio, take pictures of the rehearsal and with Gary (just no video recording), and even have Gary and the band walk you through their gear and live set-up, which will serve to quell ramblings from the minority that everything you hear is from a computer.  At £200 the UK Premiere pass compared the the USA Premiere pass is a pretty good deal.  ($500 US vs. $312 US).  You can grab your Premiere pass here before they sell out.  Again, it isn't made clear on the page that the rehearsal will take place on a different day, which is a good thing to know if you have plans to fly in from somewhere else in the world just for the shows.  The rehearsal, though, will take place from 2-5 pm in London.  (Hat Tip: Adrian G., Graham B. & Rich K.)

 

 

Persia and Wilbur Webb

 

 

Hello to the Numanoids of the World!  Jim "The Machman" Napier at your service!  I just finished following the Men Without Hats/China Crisis tour (peppered by Numan's Long Beach show) and am back just in time to give you a rocking July update!  What a great time to be a Gary Numan fan!  Gary is collaborating with some very well-respected musicians, and is even finding time to perform live as he writes his new material for an extensive tour in 2016.  On with the latest news....

 

 

Tony and Gary Webb

Hoping your Father's Day was awesome!

 

As of yesterday, all the VIP tickets in the UK are showing as "fully reserved".  Until recently, the last UK VIP tickets available were two for the Replicas show.  Now they, too, are unavailable.  It appears one would have to pray to the aliens to score VIP for an October Numan show now.

 

 

At the Ink-n-Iron Festival

Long Beach, California

June 14, 2015

 

News of the 3-day Numan extravaganza in the USA is being reported by media nationwide.  News appeared Friday in MXDWN, Do LA, Broadway World, Buzzbands LA, Big Shot Magazine, With Guitars, Urban Hippis, and in Pittsburgh Music Magazine.  The NAGNFC is chuffed to have been able to be the very first with this news for you!

 

 

A rare outtake picture from Numan's house, like the one I included here last month, this time with Wilbur.

Chris Corner (IAMX) and his dog Polar, Gary Numan, cEvin Key (Skinny Puppy)

June 6, 2015

 

The Cinefamily Theater in Fairfax, California played the movie Times Square in honor of its 35th anniversary on Saturday.  You may remember Times Square for its awesome soundtrack, including Numan's Down In the Park.

 

 

Wilbur and Persia Webb

June 2015

 

The 3 Day Pass for the US October shows, saving fans $20 plus a bevy of ticket fees, sold out in under one minute after they went on sale on Friday.  This rivals the Hollywood Forever cemetery event when it took 10 minutes to sell out the entire concert.  That was a 300 capacity venue whose second night took a week to sell out as Teragram's 600 capacity shows are about to as well.  I know a few who were lucky enough to score the 3 Day Pass.  Others I know of who used two computers at the exact moment they went on sale weren't as lucky.  One theory going around the Webb is that, based on Numan's ticket sales in Los Angeles, selling out the El Rey in two consecutive nights and at Hollywood Forever, scalpers were inspired to use their tools to procure these tickets for future sale.  Stay tuned to the NAGNFC as this story develops.

 

 

At the Ink-n-Iron Festival

Long Beach, California

June 14, 2015

 

There's a lot of questions surrounding the Premiere passes as opposed to the VIP passes, so allow me to help de-mystify it all for you.  The biggest thing to know is that the Premiere pass includes everything the VIP pass includes, and adds special access to the 3-hour rehearsal that takes place the previous weekend, and NOT on the day of the show.  This will be helpful information for the many who are buying the Premiere pass, but will not arrive until the day of the show.  (Hat Tip: Liz from Alaska)  Otherwise, here are the particulars on these optional add-ons to your concert tickets:

 

 

 

Premium VIP

- $500 each
- Exclusive access to the rehearsals for the shows in LA where you can meet Gary, touch the gear, have the band walk you through their set-up and watch 3 hours of the rehearsal
- Meet Gary and get your own photo with him on stage at The Teragram Ballroom
- 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

- PLEASE NOTE VIP packages DO NOT include a ticket to the show, this must be purchased separately

 

 

 

Standard VIP

- $200 each
- Meet Gary and get your own photo with him on stage at The Teragram Ballroom
- 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

- PLEASE NOTE VIP packages DO NOT include a ticket to the show, this must be purchased separately

 

 

At the Ink-n-Iron Festival

Long Beach, California

June 14, 2015

 

Gemma Webb had an operation yesterday to remove what Gary said was "an ovary with something nasty in it".  Numan said he was very happy with the success of her operation and was able to drive her home to be with family.  On behalf of the NAGNFC, quick recovery from the surgery, Gemma! 

 

 

 

Shared by Numanshane 

 

One of the main reasons Gary moved to Los Angeles was to work in film scoring.  As always, Numan is taking inspiration from many different sources.  One film score he called "brilliant" was for an Adam Alleca film he attended a screening for Wednesday called 'Standoff'.

 

 

 

Gary Numan and Adam Alleca

June 24, 2015

 

The regular version and Gary Numan Remix of IAMX's Happiness enjoyed a Worldwide Digital Release on June 19.  I've only seen positive reviews online for the much-awaited single.  Happiness was actually the last song that was recorded for the new album, but is the first single.  Singer Chris Corner speaks more about the song in Magnetic Magazine.  IAMX will be touring this fall around the time of the new IAMX album Metanoia.  Their show in Pomona before Numan's show was utterly brilliant, including a cool video mix in the background of Numan's I Am Dust video they created for Numan.  I've found out the track listing of the new album, and the tour dates, both listed below.

 

No Maker Made Me
Happiness
North Star
Say Hello Melancholia
The Background Noise
Look Outside
Insomnia
Oh Cruel Darkness Embrace Me
Aphrodisiac
Surrender

 

 

Just announced IAMX Tour Dates

 

 

 

Happiness (Gary Numan Remix)

 

Gemma isn't the only one in the Webb household to go under the knife in June.  The Webb's kitten, Google, had an operation two weeks ago to have her tail amputated due to trauma and badly damaged nerves.  Gemma says Google seems way happier these days. 

 

 

Google Webb

 

John a/k/a the revered Australian band Morbious wrote in to say he is now writing a song called Is Numan Human.  He says he's really excited about it, and it's sounding great.  John promises that once it's done,  NAGNFC Readers will be the first to hear it!  Thanks, John and good luck with the song! 

 

 

New hair for Persia

 

A quiet moment to pause and reflect on this momentous week in Gary Numan history.  For it was 36 years ago yesterday that Are 'Friends' Electric? first reached #1.  The music world from New Wave to Nine Inch Nails would never be the same.  (Hat Tip: Graham B.)

 

 

I've always liked the band Filter, and have known many fellow Numanoids who've gone to see them.  The band is a spinoff from band members who were in Nine Inch Nails.  The band were kind enough to include the news about Gary Numan's upcoming Los Angeles shows on their Official Filter Facebook Page yesterday.

 

 

Josh Freese with Gary Numan

At the Ink-n-Iron Festival

Josh played some tracks with Peter Murphy that night

Long Beach, California

June 14, 2015

 

An interesting book was recently published by M. King Adkins called New Wave: Image is Everything (Palgrave Macmillan, $95).  Arkansas Online featured a review last weekend as well as a great interview with the author who mentions Gary Numan a number of times.

 

 

"Gary Numan BERSERKER" - 11"x17" watercolor on bristol board.

Artist Jimi B. of Chicago finished this over the weekend and sent it my way to share with you.

 

It was a privilege to see Gary Numan alumni Mark Thwaite perform with Peter Murphy twice last month.  Mark let me know today about a couple of other very cool projects he's been involved with.

The debut full length Primitive Race album is scheduled for an August 7th release via Metropolis Records!  The album features Mark Gemini Thwaite (Gary Numan, The Mission, Peter Murphy, Mob Research, New Disease) Tommy Victor (- Prong -,Danzig, ex-Ministry), Erie Loch (Official Blownload, Dream In Red, Luxt) Graham Crabb (Pop Will Eat Itself, Je Suis Crabbi) Andi Sex Gang (Sex Gang Children), Dave "Rave" Ogilvie, Joshua Bradford (Revolting Cocks, Stayte, Simple Shelter), Kourtney Klein (Army On The Dance Floor, ex-Combichrist, ex-Nitzer Ebb) Mark Brooks (Night Club, Metalocalypse, Warlock Pinchers, Foreskin 500) and Chris Kniker. The album was mastered by Maor Appelbaum who mastered the New Disease album and the latest Faith No More album.  You can preorder the album here for $12.98, and they'll ship the Primitive Race CD to you when it's released August 7th.

 

Rising forth from the primordial sonic stew of intensive collaboration, industrial supergroup PRIMITIVE RACE stands ready to take their place as the pure evolution of Industrial Music – past, present and future. Evoking the intensity, fury and excitement of Industrial First Wave, PRIMITIVE RACE brings together an all-star cast of contributors – each of whom is a ‘missing link’ in the canon of industrial and EBM in their own.

 

01. So Strange
02. Follow The Leader
03. Acceptance Of Reality
04. Addict Now
05. Cage Rattler
06. Give Up The Ghost
07. Taking Things Back
08. Platinum Balls
09. Seeing Right Through It All
10. DJFH
11. Below Zero

 

 

Emilio DiZefalo-China, Peter Murphy, and Mark Thwaite

San Luis Obispo SLO Brewery

June 13, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

If you can't wait until August 7th, Mark was involved in another supergroup known by the very Numanish title, New Disease.  Their CD Patent Life was released on the UK label Armalyte Industries on February 16 with a special edition bonus disc full of rarities, demos and unreleased tracks.  You can grab it in the UK at Amazon or in the USA (far cheaper) from CDBaby.

 

'Patent Life'  - ten years in the making - was finally mastered and released via CDBaby.com in North America in August 2014. Recorded between 2003-2004 during sessions with producer David Bottrill (Tool/Muse/Peter Gabriel) and John Fryer (NIN/H.I.M/Depeche Mode), the  album (in CD and digital formats)  includes many of their own self recorded sessions, a brand new version of the 2014 single 'Like Rain' and an exclusive new 2014 song 'Plainfield' by the band.

 

 

It was a total blast meeting with Michelle Moog-Koussa, daughter of Moog Synthesizer inventor Bob Moog at the recent Moog Birthday Bash in Ithaca, New York.  Michelle and the NAGNFC are going to team up this month to help the Bob Moog Foundation.  They have an acoustic guitar signed by Gary Numan and the band at the 2013 Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Festival, as well as five Gary Numan-signed MOEMS Official Posters.  Bob Moog’s innovations in music synthesis revolutionized almost every genre of music. The Bob Moog Foundation, a small non-profit organization, carries his pioneering legacy forward to future generations. Their mission is to ignite creativity at the intersection of music, science, history and innovation, accomplished through three programs: Dr. Bob's Soundschool, amassing the impressive Bob Moog Foundation Archives, and the creation of the future Moogseum in Asheville, North Carolina.  Stay tuned to the NAGNFC this month to be the first to know how to take home some really cool Numan rarities while helping the important cause of keeping Bob Moog's vision alive.

 

 

Jim "The Machman" Napier and Michelle Moog-Koussa, daughter of Bob Moog.

Michelle had some amazing anecdotes to share from those early days at the

Moog Birthday Bash

Ithaca, New York

May 16, 2015

Photography: Carl Patzer

 

I received word from Numan's Tour Manager Dave Dupuis.  Given the three September shows are in Los Angeles, the guest list is quite long.  So keep your eye out for celebrities when you're enjoying Gary Numan in the Entertainment Capital of the World!  For example, I know The Edge from U2 was at the El Rey show, and Craig Ferguson was both there and at last year's Numan show in Toronto.

 

 

Exclusive picture of the Numan set from the Queen Mary

I'm on the left taking more exclusive pictures for the NAGNFC

Sent my way by Hugh B.

Ink-n-Iron Festival

Long Beach, California

June 14, 2015

Photography: Hugh B. of San Francisco

 

A book was released recently in Germany by Rammstein by keyboardist Christian "Flake" Lorenz called Der Tastenficker.  In the book, he tells readers what he likes about music, citing Gary Numan as one of his all-time favorites.  (Hat Tip: Michael W. in Germany)

 

 

 

Interesting mix of Gary Numan's music shared with the NAGNFC by Alan G.

 

I've been speaking with Michael H. from Artpark/Academy Park, two cool music venues in Lewiston near Niagara Falls that features all types of bands all summer long each year.  Bands such as The English Beat and Stan Ridgeway are among the artists this year.  Two artists he's been trying to bring to the venues are Echo and the Bunnymen and Mr. Gary Numan.  I'm going to let Gary know they are more than interested, and hopefully something will come of it when Numan revs up the touring schedule again next year.  After all, Gary has never played Western New York state before!

 

 

At the Ink-n-Iron Festival

Long Beach, California

June 14, 2015

 

Thank you to the special fans who shared news, pics and other coolness for me to include on this month's July update of the NAGNFC!  You are all Superstars!!  Even after 25 years, thanks to you, these NAGNFC Issues keep getting better by the month!  Things are relatively quiet this month without following any major tours, so I'll make a point this month to catch up on any and all correspondence, and oh yes, finish work on my new Numan book of photos before the UK shows.  Stay tuned my friends!  Lots to Nu-news to come on the near horizon....

 

'Til next time!

 

                          

Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

Liz from Alaska, Jim "The Machman" Napier, and Cristina from Italy who follows Peter Murphy around the world.

San Luis Obispo SLO Brewery

June 13, 2015

 

 

 

Breaking News

 

 

June 25, 2015 (afternoon)

 

As mentioned below, tickets for the three Los Angeles shows at the Teragram Ballroom go on sale tomorrow morning at 10:00 PDT.  VIP tickets for each night will also be available for purchase.  As always, the VIP includes a meet-and-greet as well as a 5 song soundcheck.  But for some shows, including the Royal Festival Hall performance in March, the soundcheck/rehearsal goes on after the VIPs have left.  Enter the Gary Numan Premiere Pass!  This pass will be an additional option, and will include a meet with Gary Numan, and the chance to spend the afternoon watching him and the band rehearse tons of vintage songs he very rarely performs live.  More details on pricing, etc and the NAGNFC tomorrow.

 

 

An interesting aside, Gary's friend Jerry Casale from DEVO will DJ an aftershow party at the Teragram Ballroom's Monty Bar room after the sold out Televison show there on July 3rd.

 

 

 

There are only 2 VIP tickets left for all of the October shows in the UK.  They are both for the Replicas show.  This is your last chance to be the first in the UK to know what extra songs will be played on the night!  (Hat Tip: Graham B.) 

 

 

June 25, 2015

 

As you well-informed NAGNFC Readers already knew more than a week ago, Gary Numan will be bringing his unprecedented and historic series of Classic Album shows to Los Angeles in very late September!  And now the tickets will go on sale for this much-awaited event on Friday, June 26 at 10:00 PDT (otherwise known as Gary Numan Home time).  There will also be a somewhat cheaper 3-day pass available at the same time the daily tickets go on sale.  Although Ticketmaster isn't telling you how much it is, I can tell you tickets for each show will be $40.  The 3-day pass can be purchased for an even $100.  Numan will be performing at the Teragram Ballroom on 1234 W. 7th Street in Los Angeles on September 29 (Replicas), September 30 (The Pleasure Principle) and October 1 (Telekon).

 

Gary has never performed a Replicas show on this continent 

Picture shared by Numan Shane 

 

For the budget-minded, there are a number of very reasonably priced hotels in the area of the venue.  I normally like to stay in such a chain hotel to use or rack up hotel points, but this time, Liz from Alaska, Peter from Canada and me are renting an entire home nearby.  The place is insane with multiple bedrooms, 18-foot-high cathedral-beamed ceilings and a fireplace with all kitchen, bathroom and internet amenities provided.  I normally wouldn't have gone along with it, but the place looks just like Gary Numan's home, so I'm in!

 

Picture shared by David C. 

 

Gary has hinted that he will perform music he has never played before at the Manchester show in October.   It appears as if one of the surprise selections he will perform will definitely be from the Tubeway Army album.  Stay tuned!

 

 

Exclusive picture from Numan's last Telekon show in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Gary Numan hasn't performed a Telekon show on this continent since 1980

Picture shared by Rod R. of Los Angeles

 

June 17, 2015

 

Big news to report, and as always, you heard it here first.  I'm happy to announce that Gary Numan will bring his classic album shows to Los Angeles in September.  It will be Numan's first Replicas show in North America, his first Pleasure Principle show here since 2011 and will be his first Telekon show on this continent since 1980.  The L.A. shows will occur very late in September.  Details are still being worked out for these shows, so stay tuned to the NAGNFC for this story as it develops.

 

 

Long Beach Queen Mary

June 14, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Gary Numan played the Ink-n-Iron Festival in Long Beach, California on June 14.  Liz and I took the handy hotel shuttle there.  We both scored VIP tickets for the air-conditioned viewing area, exclusive bottle service and clean restrooms.  Not that we were content viewing the show from the back row!  We made our way up to the front of the Main Stage, deftly making our way through the crowd, just before the Fishbone show.  We turned around to notice the crowd had instantly disappeared. 

 

 

Long Beach Queen Mary

June 14, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

To be sure there we tons of diversions.  There was a classic car show, tattoos being created, lots of food and gothwear vendors.  I bought a shirt of an early Frank Sinatra mugshot, whose picture I included on the NAGNFC last year, since he truly looks eerily like an Exile-era Gary Numan.

 

 

Long Beach Queen Mary

June 14, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

As we entered the very lax metal detector security for VIPs at the entrance, we met Numan's roadie, Jim.  I hadn't seen him since his performance with Nightmare Air a couple months back in Athens.  He said Numan had just arrived (It was almost 5:00 pm).  As Liz used the restroom, I saw Gemma and the three Webb girls.  We hugged like old friends then she also said they'd just arrived.

 

 

Long Beach Queen Mary

June 14, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Liz and I had a look around and had a drink in the VIP lounge where we noticed some of Numan's fans.  They took some pics with me as we tried to work out why it was Numan opening for Peter Murphy instead of the other way around.  I would later see all the Numan fans near the front for the show.

 

 Long Beach Queen Mary

June 14, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

I wasn't sure if I would remember Fishbone's songs, but it turned out I recognized each one!  They put on a great, energetic show.  One of the band even tried to jump into the crowd for some surfing, but was stopped by gravity as the stack he was about to jump from fell into the photographers' pit in front of me.  Luckily he wasn't hurt from the five foot fall as my large friend Mike threw the small guy into the crowd behind him to help fulfill his original ambition of crowd-surfing.

 

 

Long Beach Queen Mary

June 14, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Fishbone ran late and cut into Numan's set.  Gary was supposed to get 90 minutes, but it was more like 60, which was still 15 minutes more than the vast majority of bands at the Festival over its three days.

 

 

Long Beach Queen Mary

June 14, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

As the Gary Numan stage was being set-up, I did a live broadcast to several countries around the world from the Festival to update everyone with the Periscope app.  Just as I started to broadcast, I was asked to be in some pictures.  Then a guy in San Diego said that I was probably the only biggest Numan fan compared to him, and invited me over to see his Numan collection jam-packed with first editions.  He even offered to fly me over and show me around.  At that moment, as I was still broadcasting live around the world, two fans from San Francisco started chatting me up.  About 7 minutes in, I got around to actually updating all my live viewers with the latest from the Gary Numan show.  Broadcasting live was a blast.  People could chat with me and each other, and they could send me hearts during the broadcast if they liked what they were seeing.

 

 

Long Beach Queen Mary

June 14, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Before long, Gary Numan walked down a ramp toward the stage to take his cue to begin performing.  It was noticed that more than one cameraman was on hand.  We saw Gary take two takes walking down the ramp, and the Festival had no plans for a DVD, so we thought this could be the production of the new documentary that Gary was filming in lieu of Android in La La Land.

 

 

Long Beach Queen Mary

June 14, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

The song Resurrection began to play with the imposing Queen Mary as a backdrop, and we knew we were in for a treat.  The band took to the stage followed by Gary.  Frank Zumo on drums, Tim Muddiman on bass and fresh from his success with The Strange, and Steve Harris, who was entertaining and animated as ever.  I was struck by Gary Numan.  He looked amazing.  People would always ask me how Gary manages to look younger with each passing year.  And I was beginning to ask myself the same question.  Gary looked awesome.  If I could look as fresh as Numan in 10 years, I will be a very happy person. 

 

 

Long Beach Queen Mary

June 14, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Gary and the band didn't waste the large stage they were given.  This was a stunning performance with the electricity of a man who is recognized as helping to shape the sound of modern music.  Even in my last update, still more new bands continued to come forward to cite Gary Numan as an influence.

 

 

Long Beach Queen Mary

June 14, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

During the performance, the area's 4G actually slowed to a crawl as the festival goers were simultaneously uploading pictures and video from the event.  As a result, it took me some time to try and initialize a video signal suitable for my live worldwide broadcast during Gary's performance.  After about seven tries I was beginning to lose hope, but finally it all came together as the NAGNFC was able to broadcast songs from the Numan show in real time to people in far-flung continents around the world who couldn't be there to share the moment with us.  People chatted thanks for doing this and still others sent me hearts during the broadcast. 

 

 

Long Beach Queen Mary

June 14, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Hat Tip to my friend Curtis W. who had this to say about the event on social media:

 

Had a great time at a Gary Numan Official show in Long Beach CA at the Queen Mary. Very cool to hear a bunch of excited, tatted, pierced, eye-lined, boot wearin' 20-somethings commenting after that it was amazing and that THAT is what a rock star is supposed to look like and do. It may have been the perfect set list for the time and space and occasion. He didn't play 'Down in the Park' but I can't think of a song I would have thrown over the edge instead. It's a shame that most Americans only know him for Cars. He played it early in the set as if to say, "If this is all you came to hear, here it is, now get on out so the rest of us can have a rock show!" Steve Harris on guitar always frightens me- he's one of those performers that looks like he could come apart at any moment. I almost took a guitar to the face at a show in San Diego a few years ago. Tim Muddiman holding up the bottom end and carrying the angst of man on that bass guitar. I think Gary had the biggest crowd of any at the festival, even bigger than the closer (Peter Murphy) right after him. When you are a fan of an act and you readily travel to shows wherever they may be, it's always good to see other fans that travel from far and wide for Numan shows- you get to know them. Jim Napier was right in front as always- he runs a brilliant fan website for all things Numan.

 

 

Long Beach Queen Mary

June 14, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

The OC Register in Los Angeles posted their review from the Festival today.  It was good to see Numan's hometown give him such enthusiastic props.  Plus the rest of their article gives a good picture of what it was like to be at the Festival:

 

Numan came across as anything but a nostalgia act with a set heavy on instrumental textures. Interestingly, Numan’s influence on Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails was obvious, both sonically and in the way he carries himself on stage.

 

 

Long Beach Queen Mary

June 14, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Perhaps my favorite Tweet from yesterday was by @laluzdejesus who was inspired to write:

 

Gary Numan was the original Nine Inch Nails and now he's the new Nine Inch Nails.

 

 

Long Beach Queen Mary

June 14, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Then Liz and I spent the next day tooling around Los Angeles.  We ended up at Amoeba Records on Sunset Blvd where I used Periscope to broadcast a humorous and live edition of What's In My Bag so viewers could find out what The Machman has in his bag at Amoeba Records!

 

 

 

Long Beach Queen Mary

June 14, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

Meanwhile, if you subscribe to IAMX's newsletter at iamxmusic.com before Friday, you'll actually be able to download the new IAMX single, including the Gary Numan Remix, for free.  How cool is that?  (Hat Tip: Graham B.)

 

 

Long Beach Queen Mary

June 14, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

To celebrate Gary Numan's historic and unprecedented series of classic shows in September and October, Beggars Banquet will release the 21-track Premiere Hits on vinyl for the very first time.  According to XSNOIZE, It will be a 2LP release which will debut August 14.  (Hat Tip: Graham B.)

 

 

Long Beach Queen Mary

June 14, 2015

Photography: Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

The only VIP Meet-and-Greet tickets left in the UK are for Replicas.  The VIP tix for The Pleasure Principle, Telekon and Manchester shows in the UK are forever gone.  (Hat Tip: Graham B.)

 

 

 

 

Jim "The Machman" Napier and Steven R.

Long Beach Queen Mary

June 14, 2015

Photography: kind Numanoid

 

 

June 13, 2015

 

Hello everyone!  I'm here in Phoenix on a layover before my flight to California for Peter Murphy's show tonight with Liz from Alaska, and Numan's show tomorrow!  I haven't been that exposed to Peter Murphy before, but many friends have been getting me up to speed, so thanks!  I've been getting lots of fans following the NAGNFC on the Periscope app for my live broadcasts during Gary Numan's show.  You'll receive a notification on your phone when my broadcasts begin.  What's nice is that you still have 24 hours to watch my videos if you didn't catch them live, except the chat feature will be turned off if it's not live.  I'll do a test broadcast or two this evening, so people who've never used Periscope will be more familiar with the app on the day of the Numan show.

 

 

Shared by Graham B.

 

Gary watched his three girls sing and dance for their end of semester school performance yesterday morning.  Gary says he "shed a proud tear or two.  Again."  Gary is at this very moment rehearsing for his own performance tomorrow with his band in Hollywood.  He says it "still sounds rather glamorous to me having spent years doing it in my Sussex shed.  I miss that at times".

 

 

Shared by Keith E.

 

IAMX's new single, Happiness, will be released on June 19.  The single will include the Gary Numan Remix of the track.  The album, due this fall, is now called Metamoia, and is being funded by this Pledge Campaign.  (Hat Tip: Graham B.)

 

 

On June 18, Gary Numan appears live on BBC6 with Radcliffe and Maconie.  The show lasts three hours and begins at 1:00 pm.  Their interviews with Gary are always fun and lively.  If you don't catch it live, you can listen to it later on their BBC iPlayer if you live in the UK.  On a side note, their guest on Friday will be Wolfgang Flur from Kraftwerk!  I'll definitely have to catch that one too!  (Hat Tip: Graham B.)

 

 

Jim "The Machman" Napier with Ivan Doroschuk, lead singer of Men Without Hats

Niagara Falls Seneca Niagara Casino Bears Den

June 12, 2015

 

A very cool documentary is on the BBC iPlayer now.  Pop Life - I'm a Pop Star is a show about pop artists who have gone it alone.  Gary Numan is featured.  The show will be available for viewing for the next 24 days for those in the UK.  (Hat Tip: Graham B.)

 

June 12, 2015

 

I'm really getting juiced for the Gary Numan show this weekend in Long Beach!  Gary and his band perform Sunday at 7 pm.  Tim Muddiman and Steve Harris flew in yesterday.  Richard Beasley was already here.  I'm also catching Peter Murphy's show at the Ink-n-Iron Festival, as well as his show in San Luis Obispo the night before.  Numan alumni Mark Thwaite will be performing with Murphy on both nights.  On a side note, Mark will turn 50 on the day after his Festival performance.  Oren is the Stage Manager for both Gary Numan's and Peter Murphy's tours, and will be a very busy guy on Sunday!  For those who purchased the Festival's VIP tickets, you will need to go to the Queen Mary box office to grab your VIP wristband.  (Hat Tip: Mike H.)

 

 

One NAGNFC Reader enjoyed Kalkulus' cover of Random so much, he made this excellent video to go with it!

 

I'll be using the Periscope app so people can experience moments from the Numan show live this Sunday!  Periscope is available for iOS or Android phones.  After you download it, subscribe to 'NAGNFC'.  You will receive notifications on your phone when my live broadcasts begin.  You can chat live as I broadcast and send me "hearts" in realtime if you like my live video.  I plan to use Periscope extensively in the future to broadcast live from Numan's VIP Meet-and-Greets, etc. so be sure and download the app and subscribe to get NAGNFC notifications for free!

 

Gary has had an auto club membership since moving to the USA.  He cancelled it in 2012, but AAA charged his card for each subsequent year since, and again yesterday for this year.  At least we know that when Numan is here in his car, he can really feel safest of all.  Their towing service is unparalleled.

 

 

Chris Corner (IAMX) and his dog Polar, Gary Numan, cEvin Key (Skinny Puppy)

Chris: "Last night me and Polar kneeling at the royal electronic feet of @numanofficial and @cEvin Key"

June 6, 2015

 

Gary Numan received more press than Peter Murphy in Wednesday's Long Beach Post.  They get their readers up to speed on Numan, and includes some words from him about his love for performing in both small intimate venues, as well as bigger venues and their "overwhelming sense of occasion".  (Hat Tip: Brian H.)

 

"On stage, I lose myself in the moment.  I'm almost singing to myself and reliving whatever the song is about. Smaller venues put you up close, obviously, and so you are very aware of individuals and their reactions. They can be great fun."

 

The M. Lineham Art site is now making available some interesting, unique and very reasonably priced artprints of your favorite artists as part of the "New Wave Saints" series.  Included in the series are Annie Lennox, Adam Ant, Morrisey and others!  (Hat Tip: Holly J.)

 

 

Shirley Manson from the band Garbage, which topped charts worldwide selling 4 million albums, wrote this kind tweet last weekend:

 

Thank you Sky Arts for your great documentary on the beautiful, modest, brilliant and inspiring Gary Newman.

 

 

The Long Beach Press Telegram also told their readers about Gary's imminent visit as a Festival Headliner, and that there will be 20000 people there to see the bands.  Putting the "Ink" in the "Ink-n-Iron Festival", they spoke with Gary about his tattoos as well as playing this festival:

 

“I spoke to a lot of people about it when I was approached to play and everyone had good things to say,” he said in an email interview. “The vibe, the music, all of it. I like many of the bands in the lineup, it’s well organized and I love playing festivals so it was an easy decision. The fact that this year has a greater diversity of music makes it even better.”

WWhile he’s playing a festival driven by tattoo culture, Numan said he only got into getting inked when he moved to Los Angeles in 2012. Currently he only has four tattoos, text in Farsi on his forearms and upper arms.

 

This was done by Paul Rainey for Mick who with Jo is celebrating his 20th wedding anniversary, and is a big Gary Numan fan.  Paul will custom draw a comic for you too.  (Hat Tip: Graham B.)

 

The Edmonton Sun ran a piece on the band Voice Industrie and their 26 year music career.  They not only credit Gary Numan for inspiring them to create their own band, but they once opened for the Belgian band 2Unlimited, who also did their own Are 'Friends' Electric? cover within their own smash hit Magic Friend in 1992.

“Along came Gary Numan. And that was the catalyst to get me going and to allow me to go forward with my desire to put out electronic music,” Levesque says.

 

 

Another Canadian band, Viet Cong, just spoke with The Quietus about their admittedly stupid band name and also revealed their influences which include Peter Murphy's Bauhaus and Gary Numan.

 

 

As you might have noticed, the excellent Numan fan site Numanme has been down for nearly a week now.  Website curator Richard Churchward has written me to say the computer that had the Numanme HQ on it passed away and went to computer heaven (the landfill).  Richard's been setting up his new computer, so Numanme should be back in top form before long.

 

 

Melanie D, Silvia M and Jim "The Machman" Napier

Frankfurt Das Bett

February 15, 2014

 

June 6, 2015

 

U2 played Numan's hometown of Los Angeles at the Forum on Wednesday where Gary himself performed on November 1, 1980.  The song Cars rung throughout the arena once more Wednesday before the U2 song as the preshow music was being played.  That was the first time I've heard Numan's music being played before a concert since the last Nash the Slash show in Toronto's Blue Moon Pub when the entire Pure CD was played.  (Hat Tip: Mike H.)

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The classic albums first thrust Gary Numan into the mainstream.  Now after he has enjoyed the best reviews of his career with Splinter, the classic albums have thrust Gary into the mainstream once again with his newfound respect that Splinter has brought him.  These historic three classic shows have catapulted Numan's name into the Top 10 searched for artists in the UK last week, according to Music Week.  (Hat Tip: Graham B.)

 

 

June 3, 2015

 

News below has been updated to include the 15 VIP tickets for the Replicas show and 7 VIP tickets for The Pleasure Principle show that have been made available.  (Hat Tip: Graham B.)

 

 

I made the November 1991 article from Adrian in the main June update clickable to enlarge it for easier reading.  Enjoy!  And thanks again, Adrian!

 

 

Tim Muddiman & the Strange

May 30, 2015

Photography: Michelle G.

 

 

Hello to the Numanoids of the World!  Jim "The Machman" Napier here from this month's Men Without Hats tour from Florida to NYC!  I recently posted some words here from lead singer Ivan crediting Gary Numan with changing the sound of MWH from guitars to a synth-based sound.  Okay, I promise no electronic bytes were harmed in the creation of this month's NAGNFC June update.  Lots to catch up this month around PlanetNuman, so without further adieu, let's crush it!

 

The biggest news this month is Gary Numan's performance in Long Beach, California at the Ink & Iron Festival.  Only the four headliners that day are allowed a full 90 minute set instead of just an hour.  So it will be a full-length show for Numan and his hometown fans next to the Queen Mary.  Gary's show begins at 7:00 pm on Sunday, June 14 until such time we are treated to a full show from Peter Murphy.  Gary has said the more he hears about the festival, the more he is looking forward to it.  As always, the NAGNFC will be there to cover the entire event for you on this page as it happens.  (Hat Tip: Michael H.)

 

 

The other big news, of course, is Gary Numan's historic round of classic-album shows.  Although several artists have played different classic albums from night to night, Numan has never done this before in succession, and likely will never again.  As of May 28, all of the VIP tickets for Gary's Manchester and Telekon shows have been sold, more than 20 for each night.  As of this writing, 15 more VIP tickets for Replicas and 7 more VIP tickets for The Pleasure Principle show are now available.  In addition, all the regular tickets for Gary's Replicas and Pleasure Principle shows are close to being sold and gone for good.  And since the Telekon VIP tickets were the first to sell out, those regular tickets will soon sell out as well.  Maybe someone can correct me, but I don't remember so many Numan shows selling out four months beforehand.  Maybe Wembley?  Anyway, Gary says:

 

Absolutely blown away by the reaction to the October residency in London. Staggering actually. Thanks so much everyone.

 

 

As for the Manchester show, Gary promises to play tracks he's never played live before.  What would be your dream tracks to hear live?

 

 

Raven Webb steals a scene from the upcoming movie Zombies 1985 shown here in post-production

 

Gary recently sung on his collaboration with Jean-Michel Jarre and had dinner with him that evening.  The new Jarre album is a highly anticipated follow up to the 2007 album Teo and Tea.  Hopefully it won't be much longer before we get to hear it.  In April, Jarre released another collaboration with Gesaffelstein called Conquistador, also believed to be a track from the new studio album expected to be released later this year.  Another track from the new album, Glory, was released in April as part of the soundtrack to a short film called EMIC.  Stay tuned to the NAGNFC for the latest!

 

 

Gary has just completed the new Gary Numan Remix of IAMX's new single, for which IAMX has said "It sounds huge.  So fucking good".  The sixth new album Man Versus Machine will be released this fall.  There is a Pledge Music drive to help fund its production.  They are doing well.  With 119 days to go until the release of the new album, they are at 164% of their goal.  The minimum pledge is $10 and gets you exclusive news on the new single as well as an mp3 off the new album.  Of course, this isn't the first time Gary has done a remix for an IAMX single.  Numan mixed a track called Spit It Out in 2011 (below):

 

 

The new IAMX single remixed by Gary Numan

 

 

 

Speaking of singles, the new Wildwood Stone single by Tim Muddiman & the Strange has been released on iTunes.  Co-produced by Ade Fenton, the tracks are Wildwood Stone, Wildwood Stone (Radio Edit), and Strangers.  Their first private concert as Tim Muddiman & the Strange was at Camden Rocks on Tuesday.  Tons of Numanoids and new fans were there to support Tim.  It won't be your last chance to see them.  Tim Muddiman & the Strange are playing the London Old Queens Head on July 15.  Tickets are now on sale over at Hotvox for £6.  (Hat Tip: Graham B.)

 

 

 

Check out this interview with Tim by my friend  from Obskure Magazine in France.  Microsoft does a good job of translating the article if you right-click and hit 'Translate'.  You can also read an interview with Tim over at Artrocker, who also include the track Strangers for your listening pleasure.  Artrocker called Wildwood Stone their Track of the Week, as did Original Penguin!  And here's a couple of cool reviews of the new single by Subba Cultcha and Noiselab Muzo-World spoke with Tim about how he works in the studio and the inspiration behind his own band.

 

 

Tim Muddiman & the Strange

May 30, 2015

Photography: Michelle G.

 

 

Gary Numan and Richard Beasley on a helicopter to Catalina Island!

Alas Gary is not piloting, however he has done well with the helicopter simulators

May 25, 2015

 

Gary Numan appeared in Entertainment Technology Now to speak about the lighting he used for the Royal Festival Hall gig in London.  Lighting tech Luke Edwards, who has operated the lighting console for Gary's shows for three years, also appears on the article.  Back in July in Holmfirth, Luke let me loose on the lights for a spell.  Such a feeling of power I cannot convey!  It was a blast!  Thanks Luke!  (Hat Tip: Brian H.)

 

 

 

Gary fixes a light on their chandelier

May 7, 2015

Photography: Gemma Webb

 

A bittersweet review of the RFH show appeared in the normally Numan-alliant Quietus Magazine.  They say that while most of the show was enjoyable, and they understand why Gary would want to update his sound, they regard some of the newer versions as an affront to their original character:

 

...it's hard not to be disappointed by the fact that the thin, whining synth so central to 'Cars' is being pulverised by thunderous drums and clenched-buttock guitar riffs, or that 'Down In The Park' now pivots on a lingerie-rock motif played by a prancing ninny. 

 

 

The Mother's Day card for Gemma from Gary made her cry 

May 10, 2015 

 

 

 

Mother's Day at the Webbs

May 10, 2015

Photography: Gary Numan

 

 

Lucha Va Voom 

Los Angeles 

May 6, 2015

 

Adrian sent me this great interview with Numan to share with you from November of 1991.  Click on the article below to enlarge it.  He says:

 

 It appeared in a free monthly 'hip' magazine we could pick up in bars and shops etc here in the NE of England back in the day. This interview took place just before his Outland tour gig in Newcastle at the members only Riverside venue. We had travelled there without knowing about membership but luckily some gadgy in front of us in the queue (line) signed us in. Freak UK were the support act with Mik Scarlett, who did that excellent review of the GN show at the recent Royal Festival Hall. Hope you can read it ok. Havent got our scanner up and running yet. 

 

 

 

 

Hat Tips to everyone who helped make this issue of the NAGNFC tres' awesome!  My awesome readers send me stuff nearly every day to include on the site.  Hopefully, I'll be able to include it all in the coming updates!   There's a lot going on in the world of Numan, not to mention the projects slated under the NAGNFC moniker.  2015 seems like a quiet year for Gary Numan and his fans, but it's been anything but, with collaborations, lots of shows and interviews.  I'm happy to keep up with it all for you on this page.  For now, I'm diverting from this Men Without Hats tour for a time to head out to California for the Numan show in Long Beach!  Liz from Alaska and I are meeting up in San Luis Obispo for the Peter Murphy show before driving to the Ink & Iron Festival to see him and Gary Numan!  Hotels in San Luis Obispo are going for $400 a night!  Anyone know what's going on in town?  Anyway, looking forward to the trip out west before continuing on with Men Without Hats in a few more cities, culminating at New York City's Iridium Jazz Club where some Numan friends and I have scored VIP seats for their last show!  Rock on!

 

'Til next time!

 

                          

Jim "The Machman" Napier

 

 

 Jim "The Machman" Napier and Ivan Doroschuk, lead singer of Men Without Hats

Photo as featured on the Official MWH Facebook page 

Jacksonville, Florida

May 2, 2015 

 

 

 

 

 

Men Without Hats show

Jacksonville Jack Rabbits

May 2, 2015

 

 

 

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    Gary Numan and Jim "The Machman" Napier and Gary Numan

    Detroit Majestic Theatre

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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

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    Chapter 1  Sacramento Ace of Spades

    Chapter 2  Eugene WOW Hall

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    Chapter 4  Seattle Bumbershoot Music Lounge

    Chapter 5  Portland Wonder Ballroom

    Chapter 6  Oakland Metro Opera House

    Chapter 7  Santa Ana Observatory