AFENet Review - Reviews of Numan gigs by Numan Fans
Wed April, 18 2001 Irving Plaza, NYC

Numan For President

Well, what can I say?

An awesome show full of energy & excitement.

It was I, Vinny C., Yorx, & Butch. We were in our same exact spot from the 1998 show which is on the balcony & to the right of the sound system crew I guess it is. I believe it's the best place to be during the show, you can see everything.

Anyway, Numan rocked the house down & tore the roof off before even coming out on to the stage. Just the band alone turned the place upside down. It was an unbelievable show that seemed to fly by & could never go on for long enough.

The plaza was packed & had to be sold out easily. The crowd was great & the performance was pure perfection. I can't even put into words how amazing Numan & the band were & are. It was just such an amazing show.

I hope another tour is done in alot less time than 3 years. Numan for president!

Tommy Pellegrini (polly_bots525@hotmail.com)

 

Get A Ticket

Was definitely looking forward to this one.

I had only seen Numan once before (Exile tour in Florida), and I have really been enjoying the Pure album. Irving Plaza is a pretty nice venue - along the lines of a big club, a balcony along three sides, and a good-sized stage.

After the opening act (Gwenmars) - who incidentally I did not think were too bad (and hey, they only played for 35 minutes or so), work began to get the stage ready for Gary. About 20 minutes later, the opening strains began, and out they came.

I must say the songs sounded really good and strong. Gary was dressed in an all-black outfit, and was looking to really be enjoying himself. The rest of the band were really playing hard, and were really into it. I was towards the middle of the floor, but the crowd up front looking to be really giving some energy back (not that we were docile back there!).

The set had a pretty decent light show. Nothing too fancy, but fit the tone of the songs. Overall, the song selection was pretty much what I expected (detailed below), but he pulled out some stuff I would not have figured on (Metal/Remind Me To Smile). Only one track from Sacrifice and Exile was featured, and I would have expected a couple more.

The only real drawback for me was when someone actually had the audacity to tell me "I payed to hear him sing - not you..." when I was singing along to Down In The Park.

At least by the encore of AFE, I had come across a batch of fans who were actually singing along, jumping around, and having a good time!

After the show, groups of people were extremely enthusiastic about the show we had just seen, hugging, and really just thrilled to have been there. Made me remember how awesome the Numan fans are (I don't run into too many these days). I was talking to some people who last saw him back in the '80s, and I was really glad to hear them rave about the show, and the new material. In summary - a great, great show for everyone.

If you are anywhere near the path of the tour, get a ticket, and get to the show!

Cheers.

Set List: *I may have mixed up a couple of the songs from Pure, but this should be pretty accurate.

Pure
Films
Rip
Listen To My Voice
Cars
Dark
Down In The Park
Walking With Shadows
Metal
My Jesus
A Question Of Faith
I Can't Breathe

------Encore------
AFE
Remind Me To Smile
A Prayer For The Unborn

Brian McGibbon (bmcgibbo@ix.netcom.com)

 

Thanks For Coming

AFTER THE DC SHOW I KNEW THE NEW YORK GIG WAS GOING TO SHAKE THE BUILDINGS ON IRVING PLAZA.

THIS WAS AN AMAZING NIGHT FOR THE FANS WHO PACKED THIS VENUE SHOULDER TO SHOULDER. GARY WAS MUCH MORE RELAXED,LESS JET LAGGED FROM THE UK FLIGHT AND HE BROUGHT ALL HIS POWER AND PRESENCE TO THE SHOW.

I SPOKE WITH MANY AMERICAN FANS THAT NIGHT WHO DIDNT KNOW WHAT HIT THEM ONCE GARY GOT STARTED. TO SEE A GROWN MAN CRYING BEHIND ME DURING AFE WAS SOMETHING I'LL NEVER FORGET. I WAS CLOSE TO THE FRONT ON THE RIGHT SIDE IN MY GROUP WHICH WERE GOING ALL OUT TO GET GARY TO FAVOUR OUR SIDE OF THE STAGE.WE THOUGHT HE WAS UNTIL SOMEONE SPOTTED GEMMA BEHIND US ABOUT FOUR ROWS BACK!

WHAT CAN I SAY ABOUT THIS SHOW,IF YOU WERE THERE YOU'LL KNOW WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT.I MET GARY,GEMMA AND THE BAND AT SPA'S AFTER THE SHOW AND THEY WERE AMAZING.

WHAT A WAY TO END TWO DAYS OF NUMAN LIVE IN THE US.I TOLD GARY THE GIG WAS UNBELIEVABLE AS HE SIGNED MY PURE LTD ED.

HE SMILED AND SAID,"THANKS FOR COMING TO SEE ME". FANTASTIC!!

NEIL ALEXANDER (jeannie@kua.net

 

 
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