5th April, Manchester Academy
waited,I watched and thought to myself.Since 1983
i have been to almost every tour from that year,and
yet this has to be Gary again at his very best.I
was not dissapointed at ll.Breathtaking,Stunning,Amazing.What
else could i say.He has never let me down in any
show ever that i,ve been to.He is just BRILLIANT..My
brother who beleive it or not is a michael jackson
fan and his words were"Numan is absolutely
brilliant,i need more of this music,where do we
though Gary has his problems with charts and all
that stuff,he still gives his all.He dosent give
up.Brings out yet more albums,and puts on amazing
shows like manchester was.I will never forget it
as long as live.The problems with his studio equipment
and he still bangs out the new and the re-mixed
oldies.Some of which i thought where incredible.
Gary.You were just brilliant..
had waited over a year for this concert so I was
hoping that that it would be worth the wait, particularly
as all my so-called Numanoid friends had long since
either given up on Gary or else left the country,
which meant I had to pressurise a non-Numanoid friend
into coming with me. So did Gary live up to my expectation
this time? The asnwer is a definite YES! Even my
friend thoroughly enjoyed the gig, (and she is someome
who is not easily impressed!) The lights were fantastic
considering that Manchester Academy is only a small
venue. The mixture of old and new songs was good
and the atmosphere was electric! One could almost
be forgiven for thinking that this was twenty years
ago judging by the euphoria!
Gary is like a good wine, he matures and gets better
and better as time goes on!
I had a fantastic night and just hope that he tours
another Academy gig came along and after much hype
and hassle over the lack of new songs and re-works,
it was actually a bloody good show.
tracks from a very clean and polished band as usual
and a Mr Numan who looked better than ever with
his leaner body and shorter hair - looked very cool
listing was M.E.,My Jesus, DITP, Metal, Absolution,
Dark , RIP , Remember I was Vapour , Exile , Everyday
I Die, My Shadow in vain , Pure , A Prayer for the
Unborn and I Can't Breathe with a 4 track encore
of This Wreckage, Voix , Cars and AFE.
was good to see all the usual attendees plus younger
audience members and new fans we had persuaded to
come after meeting them at a Midge Ure weekender.Let's
keep increasing that fanbase !
good evening was had by all , some by us were going
berserk but I think Gary has a good point when he
says he'd like to see some moshing and more overall
enjoyment from the older (although very loyal fans)
who tend to be going through the motions , standing
there with folded arms and motionless - come on
let's rock the gigs more !!
forward to the next one off - quite fancy seeing
Mesh at the Academy too - they were the best support
I've seen for ages after their Forum support in
1999. Plus I have to say although I voted on AFE
not to buy photo CD2 - I forked out my £12
and it's excellent - nice to have videos of so many
new songs live , about time too !
TIME IVE BEEN TO A SHOW AT THE ACADEMY (HAVING SEEN
ALL AT THE MAN APOLLO OVER THE LAST 21 YEARS)AND I
MUST ADMIT IT MAKES FOR A MUCH BETTER ATMOSPHERE (BEING
SMALLER),AND I THINK THAT HELPED TO IMPRESS ME.
THE SHOW WAS GARY AT HIS BEST THE SOUND WAS SPOT ON,
THE LIGHTS WERE AS IMPRESSIVE AS HIS BUDGET CAN ALLOW
AND ALL IN ALL THE SHOW WAS GREAT.
IT WAS ESPECIALLY NICE TO HEAR THIS WREAKAGE (A VERY
UNDERATTED TRACK IN MY OPINION) AND CERTAINLY REMINDED
ME OF 1980/81 TELETOUR & WEMBLEY AND PURE SOUNDED
AS GOOD AS THE STUDIO TRACK I NOT BETTER.
THE TRACK LISTING WAS CHOSEN QUITE WELL APART FROM
NO TRACKS OFF DANCE (ALWAYS THOUGHT SHES GOT CLAWS
WOULD SOUND SUPURB RE MADE IN HIS MODERN STYLE.
RESULT....FOR A NUMAN FAN 99 OUT OF 100
FOR SOMEONE WHO MAY HAVE NEVER BEEN BEFORE 90 OUT
OF 100(FOR EFFORT ALONE)
Day of My Life
at the acadamy at about 5.30 where I was greated
with the sound of Exile blasting out as we walked
past (Gary doing a soundcheck)
I'd bought my 8yr old son to a concert for the first
time,I'm not sure who was the most excited, he'd
been crossing the date's off the calender for 3
Whilst waiting outside to get in it was was a great
atmosphere, everyone talking, singing and making
new friends. We were only about 25 people from the
front. If Nat or Emma from Leicester read this please
drop me a line it would be great to keep in touch.
When the doors opened we ran straight for the front
and got a good position right at the front, to the
right , by the cameraman.
The support band were the best i've seen since Tik
Numan didn't come on till about 9.20 (a few technical
problems I Think)It was worth the wait, Numan looked
better than ever. He started with "ME"
I think he wanted to show any Basement Jaxx fans
where it came from!
Highlights for me were Pure, This wreckage, Prayer
to the unborn, Excile, Everyday I die and Down in
the park athough it was a difficult choice because
they all rocked. I think most Numan fans would be
hard pressed to find fault with the set. Can't wait
for the new album now, it's going to be a hard job
to top the Pure album.
As we drove home Connor said "It's been the
best day of my life" not bad eh.
opened with M.E. - now, I have the memory of a goldfish
so I can't give you a full run-down of everything
that was played, but he ended with Cars and then
AFE, which for me were low points but probably only
because I have heard them played so many times before.
They both sounded... well, like Cars and AFE. The
Sugarbabes did not turn up :>
set list, off the top of my head, had M.E., Absolution,
Voix, This Wreckage, Dark, Remember I Was Vapour,
I Can't Breathe, Rip, Down In The Park, My Shadow
In Vain, Metal, Everyday i Die, Cars, AFE, My Jesus,
A Prayer For The Unborn. (Not in that order, and
this is not a definitive list - I am sure there
will be people who had notebooks with them who will
be able to give a full set list in order, but unfortunately
I was a bit too busy having fun to keep track of
the tracks :>)
will no doubt be people who will complain about
this gig - after all, people were complaining about
it before it even happened - but although there
were no new songs, it has to be said that Numan
was amazing. He looked fantastic - I am sure he
has shed some weight because he looked thin and
lithe - his hair is slighty different - shorter
and spikier - and there was no cyberdog t-shirt
this time. He did have new rock boots, though -
new rocks are cool but if he wants the goth audiece
he should really switch to transmuters... mmmm transmuters...
but whatever - yes.
Numan looks awesome - better than he has looked
in years. Considering he is 44 now he looks amazing.
he rocked. The sound quality I thought was fantastic.
It was kind of a wall-of-noise most of the time
(though This Wreckage sounded like it did in 1980,
just with some added bass and guitar)- songs like
Rip and I Can't Breathe deserved a mosh-pit and
stagedivers - unfortunately no-one was up for this,
which was a shame - even Bjork gets mosh-pits; maybe
Numan fans should lighten up a bit and have fun.
Anyway, the sngs were powerful and well-performed.
Gary's peformance was excellent. He seemed to be
really into the songs and sang them with passion,
especially A Prayer for the Unborn.
my opinion was that this show was superb. The synths
were LOUD (the floor shook during DITP) and Garys
voice was audible all the way through. He looked
fantastic and gave a great performance. The songs
were much more varied than on the Pure Tour and
the aftershow party was quite good fun, too.
enjoy SBE, those of you lucky enough to be going.