there was ever a question that Numan's renaissance
was but renewed interest from his famous 'Numanoid'
fans, then Reading has dispelled those thoughts
uncertain stage, perhaps even some apprehension.
A number of likely fans evident in black clothing
on one of summers hottest days. Sure enough
their Nuuuummmaaaan chant began. Almost comical
to the casual observer - except that it spread
like a bush fire. A bush fire would have been
a cooler place than the crushing crowd that
having packed the tent to capacity spilled across
the grass beyond.
Pop had played early in bright sunlight without
opportunity for effects, but Numan played as
night fell. From the moment the smoke rose upon
the first spotlit 'sacrificial shape' the crowd
came alive! If it was immediately evident from
the crowds reaction that any fears for tonight
were groundless, by end of the first track it
was clear this was going to be something special.
unable to attend should note that his wife and
famously lifelong fan Gemma, was spotted filming
the concert and saying hi to familiar faces.
A commercial video release perhaps and as the
lights arced across the crowd a moment of fame
will be an astonishing sight! We are talking
an entire tent of very ungoth or 'numanoid'
individuals acting like die hard fans! Arms
everywhere doing the pointy thing on every 'Hey
Bitch thins is what YOU ARE! and woo-oohs on
the first track I don't think the band had any
doubt it was going to be a success- huge smiles
and everything went into overdrive.
as a self confessed fan of his work, this reviewer
took a reality check by walking amidst the crowd
listening to the comments of those whose only
knowledge of Numan is probably the ubiquitous
'Cars' and the media attacks of years gone by.
amazing Wow! He is suuuuch a showman !
Numan! I'd never have believed it - That was
that says it all!
Meredith ([email protected])