9th Feb, London, Shepherds Bush Empire
sometimes so frustrating being a Numan fan.
When he's good he's great & when he's bad
nights show had elements of both, but unfortunately
the bad outweighed the good. High points were
the intro, my shadow in vain, please push no more,
it must have been years & ancients. Low points,
My jesus (awful song), I can't breathe (again
dreadful song), a remixed version of R.I.P, a
remixed version of everyday I die, a new version
of M.E (one of my favourite ever Numan tracks
in it's original form) & Cars.
sounded like a version by Fear factory or something
- I thought I was attending a Gary Numan gig not
a thrash metal concert!!!! A.F.E was only marginally
love the Pure album (apart from I can't breathe
& My jesus), but Pure & a Prayer for the
unborn were both performed poorly which was a
shame. I seem to say this every time I post, but
the missing ingredient is definitely the keyboard
sounds. He seems to use the same synth/string
sound for all his songs & it was 'the sound'
of these early songs which made them so great
to begin with. I sometimes think I might enjoy
watching a Numan Cover band more than the man
seemed to be a cross between dance beats &
thrash guitar, not what I expected to hear at
all. The people who say it was his best concert
ever are just lying & need to be more objective.
took me 6 hours to get to London & I'm glad
I made the journey. I thought it was a quite special
event, but not as special for the crowd as it
was for Gary himself which is a shame. 5/10
My shadow in vain
That's too bad
Every day I die
Down in the park
Please push no more
It must have been years
I can't breathe
A prayer for teh unborn
Are 'friends' electric?
I die you die
We are glass
show, good sound for the songs, but when Gary
spoke nobody heard what he was saying. In my top
3 of best concerts (out of 35).
De Visscher - Belgium
Bit of Thought
seen Gary Numan on every tour since 1979 you could
say that I'm an old hand at this now.I am not
going to be too negative about this gig as at
the end of the day...it's Gary Numan!!...Gary
Numan is GOD is he not and getting the chance
to see him live doesn't happen that often (enough)..
as an intro kicked off the show and it looked
as if it could be cool.The audience were a bit
subdued...that could have been down to the 'Nu-Army'
of fans who were maybe going for the first time
and not knowing what to expect....
sound was clear enough and the set as a whole
was pretty good, featuring a mixture of old and
new songs and a few re-vamped ones too.Let's start
with the best song of the night (in my opinion)
'Please push no more'.It bought a lump to my throat
as a 13 year old at Wembley in '81 and just standing
there alone at the gig last night,brought back
some great memories.I Die You Die,We are Glass,It
must have been years,That's too Bad among others
represented the old Numan we have all grown to
classics were in there too (Are friends electric?,Cars
and Down in the park)..and these got the crowds
pulses racing. As we know,Numan's sound has progressed
rapidly over the last 8 years and it is this that
seems to have split the old school Numo's 50/50...
is now trendy with the readers of Kerrang! etc
etc and his NIN and Marilyn Manson influences
are well to the fore.Songs from Sacrifice,Exile,Pure
and the new album Hybrid were performed and seemed
to please almost everyone.
I found quite hard to listen to were the new re-vamped,re-workings
etc of the classic album tracks..M.E. is and alway's
will be one of the best album tracks ever and
although I prefer the original,this version still
sounds good and is powerful live...Everyday I
die was almost un-recognisable to me..in fact
I didn't realise what the song was until I heard
the chorus..I was a tad dissapointed.
prayer for the unborn is another great song but
this remix version seemed like it was a CD playing
and everyone was miming? The two new songs Crazier
and Ancients were brilliant and again,were very
I would say this was a good gig but it could have
been so much better.It was a celebration of 25
years in the music business and whilst Gary does
not want to go backwards,he copuld have given
a lot more.Maybe we were expecting far too much?
Don't get me wrong,the set was varied and obviously
thought out but the lights weren't brilliant and
when Gary did speak (which was a lot more than
usual)..I couldn't hear or understand what he
not one of these who wants Numan to stay in the
70's/80's and I'm all for moving on..But I just
think that with a serious bit of thought..these
anniversary shows could have been a lot lot better
after all,they aren't going to happen again are
they...at least I hope not.
as one of the "30 Somethings" I did
find the antics of Sulphur's front man a little
sad. Perhaps the 20 somethings thought it was
great, but then maybe they haven't seen it all
ever had the idea of throwing a few more lights
on to the front of the stage gets a big thank
you! You couldn't see anyone on stage at the Bristol
show, for at least the first 3 songs!
the best gig's Gary's done! Fitting for the 25th
anniversary of such an enormous talent!
had the time of my life!!!!
that there was not a big effort made to bring
together some old freinds tick&tock dramatus
was gary miming ? He started to sing cars ,walked
away but you could still hear him sing .
one of his better gigs but the crazies still had
for what seemed ages in the pouring rain listening
to the same old wingers about people being ripped
off with ticket touts (Tickets were going for
£40), and how they would be disappointed.
Those wingers who the previous night had turned
up at Bristol have strangely arrived for another
night (They either like the shows, or love just
to whine to people like me who look forward to
these events with excitement)!
the support act were a refreshing change, and
the look of disbelieve on peoples faces when the
frontman wasn't all there (he even threw his guitar
across the stage, and a mic stand into the crowd.....Watch
the 30 somethings!!!!).
came on and from start to finish the set and list
of songs were brilliant. The remixes caught a
lot of people out as they couldn't sing along
to them as well as the traditional ones, I loved
them all....ANDY GRAY HOPE YOU WORK ON GARY'S
only disappointment was he had to play "Cars"
the wingers loved it though.
buying HYBRID this morning and re-capping on the
new tracks (Ancients is a classic and should be
the single), all I can say is the Wingers obviously
don't like change FOR THE BETTER!!!! 10/10
was by far the worst Numan gig I have ever been
to. To gauge just how God-awful it was I actually
enjoyed Sulpher's performance a hell of a lot
more than Numan's!
thought that he looked like a complete tit in
his Darth Vader body armour and the 'new stuff'
that he played was total and utter shat. I don't
know about anyone else but me, my wife and a stranger
that I talked to in the toilet had trouble hearing
him sing at times and when he spoke between songs
we couldn't hear a word of what he said.
Stuff like 'M.E.', 'Pure' and 'Please Push No
More' did manage to come across really well but
these were far outweighed by inferior toss from
'Hybrid' and it's mostly chronic re-workings.
We were so disappointed with the whole evening
that we left the gig early and I honestly couldn't
give a fuck what I missed.
had considered going to Germany but if this is
what's on offer then I think I could have more
fun with flu. To add to all that the merchandise
on offer for a 25th anniversary gig was a fucking
insult-no commemorative programme of any sort
and a t-shirt with a logo that has been used a
for his next shows he can add to the entertainment
my inviting Matthew Kelly on stage and saying
'tonight Matthew I want to be Trent Reznor'.
amongst the Best
Well, well, who'd have thought 25 years could
go by so fast? I still remember buying AFE when
it was top of the pops, and seeing my first Numan
show on the Warriors tour. But enough nostalgia!
lost count of the amount of times I've seen Numan
over the years, but last night's show ranks among
the best. I, like many Numanoids, had been growing
a little impatient with the fairly static set
list we've had over the last few mini-tours (although
I'm not complaining - just seing Gary live is
an event in itelf each time!) so it was very refreshing
to hear a vastly different set this time.
couldn't have been a 25th Anniversary show without
That's Too Bad (the single that started it all),
and the usual suspects of Down In The Park and
AFE were present as always. It was great to hear
some of the rarely aired material though, namely
Please Push No More, which even after all this
time still sounds gorgeous. My Shadow In Vain
and It Must Have Been Years satisfied my 'old-school'
cravings, as did the double-whammy of I Die You
Die and We Are Glass during the encore, but it
was the new stuff and the remixes that i was particularly
and Crazier were both entertaining, but they didn't
grab me by the throat as I'd hoped. I'm putting
it down to unfamiliarity, though, as I'm sure
once Hybrid has had a good hammering this week
they'll be friemly lodged in my brain! I'm not
sure what the other new song was, although several
peole in the audience seemed familiar with it
maybe something that's been demoed on the phone
love the Prayer For The Unborn remix, and to hear
it live was a treat, but I wasn't keen on the
version of Bleed (one of my favourite songs) -
I was waiting for the huge chorus, but it never
came! Oh well, can't win 'em all!
the band - what can I say? Gary has surrounded
himself with hugely talented and entertaining
musicians - this recent line-up is probably the
strongest band I've seen him with for years (it
was a shame John couldn't join him for the 25th
Anniversary though, having previously been a member
of his touring band when flying commitments permitted).
himself moves around the stage with a great sense
of confidence these days too - it's been interesting
watching him develop as a performer over the years,
and I really think he's pretty much at the top
of his game now (he just needs to learn to talk
INTO the mike when addressing the audience though!)
a near perfect gig - great set, great band, very
effective light show (as usual!) and a worthy
celebration of a 25 year career! Here's to the
been going to Numan gig's since 1983... I haven't
enjoyed a gig so much since Adrenaline City; this
has truly brought Numan into the 21st century.
in a live show should be different from the album
versions, or you might as well stay at home with
headphones on. And that's where all the moaner's
(I heard at the gig) should stay :-) surround
with their vinyl dreaming, that they are still
in the 70's.
up! Tonight was a true monster of a show, there
was a good mix of the old and the new then with
the twist of the remix tracks really added something
extra. The three new songs liked a lot and the
one that is going to be single 'Crazier' was very
I'm off to the shops first thing in the morning,
to get me a copy of that Hybrid Album!!!
made the trip Worthwhile
disapointing Sulpher, Numan came on and made the
trip worth while and displayed the same energy
and enthusiasm as ever. The selection of songs
was an improvement on the previous shows.
met Steve Malins and The Record company representative
and it was nice to be asked our views on The Numan
shows. (We gave a positive reply to The Record