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Gary Numan U.S. Tour 2010

I'm sure I'm the only one here who cares, but the intrepid Mr. Numan is currently embarked on a rare U.S. tour. Fortunately for me, his Chicago appearance happens to be the ONE show on his tour where he will be joined by Recoil (aka ex-Depeche Mode member Alan Wilder's one-man band), another of my synth-happy favorites.

The tour is a celebration of the 30th anniversary of The Pleasure Principle album, the classic New Wave LP that spawned the worldwide hit "Cars" and almost single-handedly ushered in the synthpop era.



The album is being performed in its entirety, followed by other Numan classics.

Tour dates:

ēSun 10/17 Orlando, FL The Firestone
ēMon 10/18 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
ēWed 10/20 Washington, DC Black Cat
ēThu 10/21 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero
ēFri 10/22 Boston, MA Paradise
ēSat 10/23 New York, NY Nokia Theatre
ēSun 10/24 Toronto, ON Opera House
ēTue 10/26 Chicago, IL Metro
ēWed 10/27 Pontiac, MI The Crofoot Ballroom
ēThu 10/28 Denver, CO Gothic Theatre
ēSun 10/31 Seattle, WA Neumos
ēMon 11/1 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre
ēTue 11/2 San Francisco, CA Fillmore
ēWed 11/3 Los Angeles, CA El Rey
ēThu 11/4 Los Angeles, CA El Rey

A little Numan with NIN to get you in the mood:

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cool might check the show out, not a big fan but I like his stuff up to Telekon
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Shit, I've got tickets to events on the same date as both of those LA shows.
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Apparently, he had to cancel the Atlanta gig due to a bug that made him lose his voice. Hopefully he's back in full force by next Tuesday.
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Eh, he's playing at a real dump in Portland.
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Nowhere even close to OKC. Not that I thought there would be...
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I know where I will be the night of 11/2....
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Originally Posted by Numanoid View Post

A little Numan with NIN to get you in the mood:

One of my most favorite YouTube clips from a live show, ever. I actually downloaded this and put it on my iPhone so that I can watch it whenever I feel the need to see it.
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^ You both might also enjoy them doing "Metal" (pump it up to HD for the full experience):


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Is any of this footage available commercially?!? I'd love to own this.
Not that I know of. I think that it was just released through NIN.COM.

I love how Trent added the ending bit from "M.E." to the end of "Metal." That's the best thing on the Things Falling Apart album.
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I will be attending the NY show this Saturday.
Caught him the last 2 times he was in NY and was blown away.
The man puts on a great show.
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Originally Posted by inri222 View Post
I will be attending the NY show this Saturday.
Caught him the last 2 times he was in NY and was blown away.
The man puts on a great show.
just out of curiosity when and where were the last two times he was in NY?

and see Numanoid you aren't the only that cares. Thanks for letting me know otherwise I would've probably missed his show.
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You have warmed the cockles of my heart.
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No where near me(I am in KCMO).I heard that he did a surprise gig at one of the local used record stores a few years back.It has since closed,so no chance of that happening again.Come to think of it,probably no chance of Gary ever setting foot in Missouri or Kansas again.
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Damn it. Missed him.
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One of my most favorite YouTube clips from a live show, ever. I actually downloaded this and put it on my iPhone so that I can watch it whenever I feel the need to see it.
I was actually there. It was such an awesome gig. Trent was really in a good mood. But then again NIN have never failed to dissapoint me live.
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I'd like to go see him at one of the El Rey shows.

I got into his music recently after seeing him play with NIN last year at the Palladium. I'm a big fan of synth, and I think Pleasure Principle is a phenomenal album.
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just out of curiosity when and where were the last two times he was in NY?

and see Numanoid you aren't the only that cares. Thanks for letting me know otherwise I would've probably missed his show.
Both times at Irving Plaza in Manhattan - 1998 & 2006
Long time fan of his music.
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Nice little interview with Gary Numan in last week's Boston Herald.

http://bostonherald.com/entertainmen...ely_pain-free/

I would have loved to see him this past Friday at the Paradise, but unfortunately was out of town for work. I love "Down In The Park", especially the live version on 'Urgh: A Music War', but also the Foo Fighters rockin' cover of it.
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The NY concert tonight was awesome, I really enjoyed it. There were some flat out awful opening acts though. My only complaints are the lights were kind of annoying (super bright) and whoever set the levels there didn't do it right because Gary's voice was buried on a few songs. I love that he did the Pleasure Principle in full and he put a new interesting spin on Are Friends Electric which I liked a lot- see him if you can, he sounds just as good as he did 30 years ago.

He did comment on losing his voice and how he's going to try some songs and he wasn't sure if he would embarrass himself. He sounded great to me so looks like he's alright.
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The NY concert tonight was awesome, I really enjoyed it. There were some flat out awful opening acts though. My only complaints are the lights were kind of annoying (super bright) and whoever set the levels there didn't do it right because Gary's voice was buried on a few songs. I love that he did the Pleasure Principle in full and he put a new interesting spin on Are Friends Electric which I liked a lot- see him if you can, he sounds just as good as he did 30 years ago.

He did comment on losing his voice and how he's going to try some songs and he wasn't sure if he would embarrass himself. He sounded great to me so looks like he's alright.
Missed the opening acts. What a fucking great show tonight. You would not think the guy is 52 with the energy he puts into his performance.
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Seeing him Thursday. The wife and I are pretty excited.
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I mised the NY show. I wish this was posted sooner as I would have found a way to see this.
But, on a positive note I spent the evening listening to Pandora. I entered Gary Numan as a new station and heard some great tunes.
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Just going to post this recent interview with Gary for anyone who would be interested (mainly you Numanoid).

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Gary Numan hesitates to wallow in the success of 1979ís dystopian synth-scape The Pleasure Principle (and his one U.S. hit, ďCarsĒ), or even take much credit for its impact upon electronic music, new-wave pop, and beyond. And thatís not the paranoid, steely persona associated with those days talking. These days, for example, Numan says heís so ďpassiveĒ in his dealings with admirer and potential collaborator Trent Reznor that he worries his modesty will be taken the wrong way.

As he prepares a tour of the U.S., during which heíll play Pleasure Principle in its entirety to mark its 30th anniversary, itís clear heís struggled with the albumís legacy. ďIíve learned to be proud of it,Ē Numan says, ďbut for many, many years I wasnít at all. Itís almost like rediscovering it myself.Ē During the shows, heíll also perform more recent material from 2006ís industrial-rock-leaning Jagged, and from a new album heís still working on. Numan spoke with The A.V. Club from his home in the South of England about why he prefers an earlier album to The Pleasure Principle, as he downplayed the influence of his decision to turn his punk band Tubeway Army into an electronic act.

The A.V. Club: Since youíre about to tour behind your most-praised album, what do you think is your least-appreciated work?

Gary Numan: Well, it depends what country youíre in. Let me think. Of the early stuff, I think in terms of America, the one before Pleasure Principleís called Replicas, which did really well here in Europe. I donít think it did anything at all in America. Arguably, itís a more interesting album than Pleasure Principle, to me.

AVC: What makes you say that?

GN: My feelings about it are probably colored by my memories of writing it. Because here, Replicas was my second album, and it was my first one I had written having already gotten into electronic music. When I wrote [Tubeway Armyís self-titled album], it was done as a three-piece punk band. I wrote the [Tubeway Army] songs on guitar, and then I found a synthesizer in the studio. They were still actually punk songs with electronic taped on top. With the Replicas album, a lot of those songs were written on a keyboard, on a piano, and they were intended to be electronic songs, and so it felt more like my first genuine electronic album. The first one was almost an accident, an experiment on the fly. Replicas just had a really good vibe at the time. I remember, as I was writing it, being really happy with it. Thereís some songs on there Iím particularly proud of. Iíve stayed pleased with them right on until today. Which isnít untrue of Pleasure Principle, but thereís one extra element. I have that accomplishment or pride attached to it.

AVC: Thatís an interesting link between electronic music and punkóthis idea of just picking up an instrument and trying it.

GN: Yeah, itís hard to put it into words really. The early electronic thingówhen I found a synthesizer and started to use it, I was terrified that somebody else was gonna come out with it. I didnít know about Human League, and I didnít know about Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark. There were all these people that were doing electronic music, were right on the cutting edge of it, but we were all kind of doing it in isolation, so it wasnít a movement as such. There were lots of little sub-movements going around, but ignorant of each other. I was panicking. I found the synthesizer and was doing that thingóchanged from a punk band to an electronic act. The record company didnít want to release the first album. As far as I was concerned, this electronic music was gonna be massive. I was terrified that someone was gonna put out an album before I did. I really wanted to get the album out as quickly as possible. And then, I found out that I wasnít the first at all. I was one of the last. Ultravox, I subsequently found out, were already on their third album before Iíd even put out my first. I thought, ďChrist, thereís me thinking Iím cutting-edge and really the man of the moment,Ē and I wasnít at all. I was late as always. I was lucky enough to get the first big single. Quite often now, I get quite a lot of credit for this whole electronic thing. Itís really largely undeserved, I think. I was there, and I was one of them, but the fact that I had the first big electronic single is entirely down to luck. There were a number of people all doing very interesting, quirky things at the time.

AVC: How does the experience of finding new synth sounds through software compare with the early analog days for you?

GN: Compared to how we did it in í79, í80? I prefer it now, because the amount of choice, the quality of the sound, the degree to which you can manipulate them, is just amazing. If youíre interested in soundsóit sounds a bit of a glib thing to say, but Iím actually more interested in sounds than I am in music. Iím quite happy to sit there, pressing one note, and see how it turns and what happens to it, rather than hearing a thousand-notes-per-second guitar solo. Having said that, sometimes there is so much choice that, by the time youíve found the thing you want, itís kind of lost its excitement a little bit. Whereas in the old days, you would just sit down with a Mini-Moog, or a Poly-Moog, or whatever the machine was you had in front of you, and you had a very limited amount of time, because there wasnít much money. You only had that synthesizer rented for the day; you had a few songs to record in that day. You really had to be quick. You couldnít be getting all anal about this sound or that sound. I had no idea what these things did. I remember the Mini-Moog had, like, ďemphasisĒ and ďcontour,Ē and I had no idea what they did. No idea at all. And people are talking about me as being sort of this ďgodfather of electronica.Ē I still donít have much of an idea of what these things actually do.

AVC: As you prepared to play Pleasure Principle live again, did you try to replicate the sounds on the album, or were you tempted to try different approaches?

GN: Because itís Pleasure Principle, and because itís the 30th anniversary of the albumóand also because recently thereís been a number of people whoíve talked about the album in a sort of complimentary way, itís important to them and so onóI actually feel, this might sound a bit pretentious, but almost an opportunity to do it as it was. Itíd be relatively simple to tweak [the songs], re-work them to make them much bigger, more powerful, with more things going on. But I think for this one, because it is meant to be a sort of celebration of the album as it was, Iíve decided that weíll do the songs as they were. Because Pleasure Principle is actually quite a short album, weíll do that for the first half. And then we immediately just move into new and very recent stuff. I get the opportunity to play the much bigger, more anthemic stuff that Iím doing now. It gives you a kind of A-and-B comparison. If it was all retro, Iíd be struggling a bit. I have a definite chip on my shoulder about nostalgia. I donít really get off on it at all. For me to do a retro-type tour is something I do really rarely.

AVC: When youíre performing it, do you think people expect you to bring out the icy, alien persona they associate with that album, or do you feel comfortable just loosening up?

GN: The thing about Pleasure Principle stuff is that Iím playing keyboards on every track. Iím kind of tied to the keyboard anyway, so I canít be leaping around too much doing the little rockstar stuff the way I did with the recent stuff. Or, the way that I did when I did Pleasure Principle the first time; I just sang everything and didnít play keyboards at all. I tried doing that in rehearsals [for this tour], just showing people what the parts were. And I found out, ďIím actually really quite enjoying this, so I think Iíll play all of this one,Ē and then I ended up playing all of another one. When we toured it here [in England] last November, we did it pretty much the same as weíre going to do this time, and I really enjoyed the playing side of it. Itís been a long time since Iíve done any sort of regular keyboard work onstage.

AVC: Will the new songs be similar to Jagged, or are you trying something different?

GN: I was really happy with Jagged, and the one before it, Pure. I really like where I am musically. I like playing those songs live. But I do think I could get much better. I do think they could be more aggressive, more anthemic. I donít particularly want to move away from it.

AVC: Is there anything musically that youíd like to try doing that you havenít yet?

GN: Not really. Iíve sort of meandered from when I started up until now. Because I like where I am, I donít feel any pressure to do something completely different. Finding a sort of music that you really love and that youíre really into, I feel justified in hanging around in it for a while until I get that out of my system. I talked with Trent Reznor last year about doing something together. Iím not particularly good at collaborating. Historically, I donít really have the confidence for it. Iíve done a little bit over the years. Thereís a single coming out here with a band called South Central, from Brighton. The Trent Reznor thing obviously would be great. Iím a huge Nine Inch Nails fan to begin with. Itís not gotten much further than saying, ďWouldnít it be a good idea to do that?Ē The thing with Trent is, he just works all the time. Heís got such an amazing professional work ethic. I have a tendency to, because heís really successful and busy, to take a passive approach to it. I donít want to give the impression that Iím trying to jump on his shoulders and ride the Trent Reznor connection. I think sometimes I go so passive that I give the impression Iím not really interested. I go too far. Iím hoping on the tour weíll meet up and perhaps further that idea a bit more.

AVC: Have any younger acts inspired you recently?

GN: One of the support bands for Nine Inch Nails, called Health. I did a festival in Spain a few months back, and they were there and just did the most brilliant set. Theyíre just such a breath of fresh air. Quite often, you go into festivals and youíre just listening to the flavor of the moment, and two or three other bands that are trying to sound like the flavor of the moment, and it all gets a little bit repetitive. Itís just fascinating; to come across somebody like that is priceless. The vast majority of music doesnít really touch you in that way at all. Itís such a novel way theyíve got of putting their sound together. Iíve got nothing but praise for them.

AVC: Do you think you could do this tour at all if you hadnít recovered some enthusiasm for the album?

GN: No, I think itíd be a bit hard. If you were going out and doing songs that you would be embarrassed by, it would definitely feel like a step backwards. Like I said, Iím not a really big nostalgia fan. Quite likely, once this Pleasure Principle stuff is finished, then I wonít do it again, because what other anniversary is there going to be? Forty years? Itís a brief foray into nostalgia, which is probably why Iím so keen to get on the new stuff when I come back. Thatís where my heart is, really.

AVC: That seems like a healthy balance.

GN: Yeah, I think so. I had such a chip on my shoulder about living on past glory. Literally, in America Iíve only got one glory, anyway. Over here, where itís been a little bit different, I still have this real hang-up about people who just go out and play the hits from their first few years of their career. I donít like that sort of way of thinking, and itís not what Iím interested in. Even if the old song was a No.1 single, Iím always more excited about the new stuff.
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Just got back from the Chicago gig. Absolutely amazing. Numan, at 52, puts guys 20 years younger than him to shame. The Pleasure Principle set was so wall-of-synth at some points (like during M.E.) that you could almost cut it with a knife. And the second set was powerfully energetic.

Recoil, on the other hand, was rather disappointing. Nothing but Alan Wilder and another guy standing in front of a few MacBooks and clicking mice. And the mixes of the songs were boiled down to not much more than drum 'n bass techno. I don't understand the point.
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