8th Feb, Bristol Colston Hall
Worth the Journey
was first show for a while and although I have
been a serious critic of Gary lately I was hoping
the theme for the night "25th Anversary &
Hybrid" would be worth dipping my toe into
the water once more. I decided on Bristol for
two reasons, one was I had never ever been there
before and the second I have never liked SBE.
Unlike some I do not meet up with old friends
from concerts past, my interest has always been
just Gary, so my concert experience does not include
attendance in a local pub, a factor that must
change people perceptions of a performance, I
like to be sober. For similar reasons I did not
bother with the support, apart from Nash the Slash
I have yet to see a Numan support worth a second
look, I gave Sulphur a miss.
business, the stage was not hidden and so the
set was visible before the gig. It looked to be
better than past sets but there appeared to be
nothing to remind you of the past 25 years, not
even one tiny panel or moving part, a warning
I thought, the 25th aniversary is perhaps not
the main theme for the night.
please forgive me I do not know the names of the
newer Hybrid stuff so I will not go onto a blow
by blow account of each song. In general my feelings
were that the older songs have been beefed up
but have lost those wonderful keyboard hooks,
even AFE sounds a bit odd now. It was a nice surprise
to hear Please Push No More once again, it sent
a shiver down my spine, and as much as I love
I die You Die and We Are Glass, with the beefed
up sound these are only adequate or workman like
renditions, Cars was Cars and again it loses that
steel in favour of umph!
newer material from Pure and Hybrid was what it
was, I am just not a metal head, that is why I
got into Numan all those years ago, to laugh at
metal heads. Compared to the epic sound of say
ME none of the new songs or re-mixes have that
certain something, they lack individuality of
style, so whilst they are performed well, they
do not have what once was, not for me at least.
A note on the drums, is that the loudest snare
in the world or what, very annoying after about
after the early excitement of the old songs I
lost interest as did some of the folks sitting
around me and the applause was polite at best.
As for Garys own performance, odd really, vocally
he is up and down, clear one song, muffled the
next, I have been critical about his use of tapes
before, tonight from the balcony at least it seemed
to be all live, perhaps others will know different.
His stage persona is not what is was and I am
afraid Mr Harris needs to bugger off during DITP,
please no dancing chimps during an all time classic
if you do not mind. The band, well Ade seemed
to be a little under used and the other fella,
sorry do not keep up with names anymore, no comment
really, he was just there.
overall thoughts, well I am sure there are folks
who like what was on offer, it was not rubbish.
But it is not Gary Numan, well not the Gary Numan
I like. As for the theme for the night, a celebration
of 25 years it was not, and Garys lack of communication
with the audience at the end did for the first
time ever annoy me, for goodness sake I like many
others have travelled a long way to see you and
have along journey home, you would have thought
he might have had something to say after all this
you like this kind of thing then it was 100% up
your street, but if like me, you now prefer something
with a more musical quality, then you will be
a bit disappointed.
am sure I will be seeing Gary again, if he ever
comes to the Midlands, but my days of long journies
are over, it just is not worth the effort for
what are just ok gigs, but nothing special.
a few words to say that this show was absolutely
brilliant. There are no other words to describe
it. Jam packed from front to back. Gary looked
feel really honoured to have been present at that
show. There was this huge excited vibration within
the crowd that something special was about to
happen and also a sense that this year is going
to be one in which we can all celebrate.
me , the major surprise was "Please Push
No More". That was really emotional and I
could'nt hold back tears at that point. Ancients
would make a first class single, a bit of a classic,
that one. I also loved the "Hybrid"
treatment of "Rip". Afterwards we went
round the back to the tour bus and waited in the
pouring rain, met Gary, got "Thats Too Bad"
signed, shook hands and thanked him for a truly
magnificent and unforgettable night.
if you are reading this, a big thanks. We are
all very proud to be your fans. Hope you like
Phil & Lanna.
BRILLIANT...'scuse my french...!!
Push No More" and "Prayer For The Unborn"
were real highlights for me...along with "That's
Too Bad" and "Crazier". It was
nice to hear some new stuff, but I thought the
set as a whole was a good balance from across
prob I had was being able to see...the set was
lit a little dark at times, and being a shortie
at the back it did make it a little difficult
to actually see the man himself at times (bearing
in mind that I was stood behind tall people -
it didn't help)...though I admit it was good &
totally loved the show...and thought Gary rocked
is a GOD
wish the man who dies everyday would go off and
die. Saturday night was pure genius I have not
been that close to him since Brussells 2000. The
show was breath taking a true masterpeice! Even
my husband, who is not a Nuamn fan, thought he
was brilliant, in his word "that boy can
set was amazing, the man was completely rocking
and totally cool. I wish I could have gone on
Sunday as well but nothing in the world could
top the buzz that I still have from Saturday.
Gary is a GOD, after all these years I will never
stop admiring the pure genius that he is. What
a night it was pure brilliance need I say more?
great show! Deliberately mysterious lighting.
Gary and the band were lost in fog most of the
were Gary doing keyboards on one number, Andy
Gray guesting on the new track they composed (EXCELLENT)
and some remixes. The remixes were varied. You
often were left waiting for the chorus (eg Rip),
and then the chorus was played down.
Prayer for the Unborn remix was good, but the
song played straight would probably have been
better! No complaints about the set list! A good
mix of early songs: That's Too Bad, Shadow in
Vain, PLEASE PUSH NO MORE, It Must Have Been Years,
etc. Three new ones: the intro - might have been
Exposure; the Numan-Gray one; another that I didn't
recognise, but a few people were singing along
to???? And the encore? Are Friends Electric, Cars,
I Die You Die AND We Are Glass!!!
whole thing was excellent, a bit less sing-along-to
than usual because of the remixes, well worth
driving to Bristol for. The place semed packed
out, and there was a great atmosphere.
Keep these shows coming, Gary!
what a night!
It has been quite a while since I really enjoyed
a Gary NUman show as much as this - certainly
before the days of mimes, unchanging set lists
and general apathy.last night was something else,
something special and one of the best shows Numan
has put on in a long time. Show starter was 'My
Shadow In Vain' closely followed by 'ME','My Jesus'
and (with Andy Gray introduced to the audience
)'Ancients'- the latter which sounded a little
newer songs were still there with some Hybrid-style
(highlight for me being Prayer To The Unborn)set
nicely against classics like 'It Must Have Been
Years','Thats Too Bad' and the ever-present 'Down
In The Park'. Someone had obviously had a word
with Gary about being able to hear Synthersisers
as they were nice and clear for a change, cutting
over the guitars with a clarity not heard for
far too long.
the first time since 1981 'Please Push No More'
was played complete with nice little tribute to
Paul Gardiner and the Bristol crowd sang along
with Gary. For an old-stager like me it brought
back memories of three glorious nights in Wembley
and I hope he continues to use this track live.
encores were the recognised 'Numan Classics' of
'Cars','Are Friends Electric?','I Die:You Die'
and 'We Are Glass' al lplayed in the recognised
style - and they didn't deserve to be there when
the Man is celebrating 25 years of which they
are an enourmous part.
the newer songs 'Crazier' was brilliant and should
be released as a single.'Bleed' and 'Rip' worked
well in their newer styles.
was something for just about everyone last night
and it was nice to see Gary Numan back on form
show and many will be sorry they didn't attend
a performer, Gary is better than ever. Nice to
hear "Please Push No More" again. Then
there were the remixes. To get the bad stuff out
of the way first, there's Sulpher. At the start
of the evening, Sulpher sang "You Ruined
Everything". Well, Sulpher ruined "Torn"
and "Bleed" using a formula of replacing
the chorus with sub-Nine Inch Nails guitar bollocks.
Gray's remixes of "Rip" and "Everyday
I Die" were superior to Sulpher's efforts,
but probably sound better coming out of your living
room speakers than they did live. On the plus
side, "Prayer For The Unborn" was magnificent
- a perfect blend of the remix and the guitar
heavy ending of the original, and a great song
to close the main set with. "Crazier"
sounds reminiscent of "Rip", but is
none the worse for it. The old songs that the
band played straight were as good as ever.
get me wrong, Gary's decision to play the remixes
is fully justified with the Hybrid album coming
out, but hopefully the ones that were less successful
live will be dropped in favour of his own versions.
one more point. I am thinking of setting up a
fund for a crate or barrel of beer to give to
any member of Gary's band that "accidentally"
damages that bloody Korg M1 beyond repair. Any
was good up to thats too bad, then down hill to
the encore. too much remixing bass and guitars
i must be old fashioned but i like me synths.
looked bored singing some songs namely cars
only missed the 79 & 80 tours this for me
seen numan since vicar street dublin on the pure
tour, and before that it was the exhibition tour....so
i'm not exactly the best reviewer but what the
hell! Just back home to west ireland this sunday
evening....my only regret is that i couldnt stay
around for shepherds bush tonight ....but the
memories of last night will stay with me forever.
Totally enjoyable experience for me and my wife
and 16 year old son .... Only complaint was that
the evening went too quickly.
genuinely cannot flaw the show..the set list was
superb, numan looked brillant and sounded brillant,
steve harris was psychotic on stage, still think
this man is a show stealer....but he is so fuckin'
enjoyable to watch....think my son has become
his biggest fan. Sound reproduction was excellent..considering
we were stuck up on the balcony.....which is the
worst place to be at a numan show, as security
will not allow you to go mental...the athmosphere
down in the stalls looked seriously cool, from
where i was sitting!
for me...well please push no more was a very welcome
surprise, crazier was totally brillant, hybrid
versions of tracks rip and bleed and torn were
,for me, raw and energised and definately worked
well live, and possibly define numan's new style
better than i imagined.
Great to see andy gray on stage with his contributions..
But glad the set didnt include remixed versions
of the classics, down in the park, cars, are friends
electric? Which were mind blowing...sorry for
being old fashioned and retro but these songs
can, in my opion, only be played live exactly
like the great man did last night. I die, you
die and we are glass likewise stole the show.
have never heard it must have been years or that's
too bad live before so i was fairly blown away
by these i'm afraid...they were true to their
original form and as such..perfect !
show really did compliment a man who has been
making music for 25 years ...and amazingly he
looks better now than he did then, sounds better,
and has become an amazing performer......as you
can see i am a little overwhelmed by last night....i
never thought we would see 25 years!!
is the most important year of his career..............i
think a star is reborn! I will watch with interest.
show was ok. nothing spectacular, scrimped a bit
on the lights, as ever he puts in tons of energy
on stage, this is in my opinon the best thing
about his gigs these days.
Hybrid versions of the songs i dont think worked
to well, made a reference to paul gardiner before
he played please push no more. the track crazier
sounded fantastic. nothing else really different
but it was a numan show and i and a lot of people
around me enjoyed it. you pays your money..............
Man Who Dies Everyday