20th September, Liverpool Lomax
a few comments on the gig. Im not ususally overly
critical of stuff like sound quality, miming and
the great is it a wig debate. However I did wince
a couple of times at the sound quality, particularly
the keyboards and the DAT stuff which sounded
dead rough from where I was stood. Drums and guitars
were spot on though, unfortunately thats all I
could hear on some songs.
venue was a bit of a shed to be honest, stage
was too small and hence really couldnt accomodate
a decent light show, but thats enough negatives.
didnt I Say, Moral, We Are So Fragile, Bleed and
This Wreckage were the highlights of a good set,
which could have done with just a little more
Exile for my liking. Slightly disapointed that
there was no new stuff, although not entirely
sure if Gary was actually playing keyboards or
playing mine sweeper on that lap-top during M.E.
cant understand why Numan fans spend money to
stand motion less for two hours and look as if
they are genuinely not enjoying the gig. My cousin
and I were towards the front and fortunate to
be close to three other like minded souls. We
managed to mosh it up during I cant breathe, Oh
Didnt I say & We Are so Fragile. Couldnt believe
it when some miserable twat kicked me in the leg
afterwards. Come on guys this is rock n roll not
Darby n Joan. It really annoys me to see Numan
and Harris giving it all, going fucking mental
on stage and getting no reaction from large parts
of the audience.
Harris must live in a gym by the way, to get a
body like that, nice skirt too.
the few negative points, the show was still a
stormer, looking forward to some new material
and going to see some gigs in some "proper"
venues next year.
Short of Electric
last Gary Numan returns to Liverpool. This was
by far the best Liverpool 'Numan' gig i've been
to, and i've been to them all except the first
one in 1979. The choice of venue seemed strange,
but I would rather see him in a packed out Lomax
than a half full Empire.
atmosphere was excellent, and Numan's performance
was nothing short of electric. You could tell
right from the start that he was really up for
it. The set list was as expected with a mixture
of reworked older songs and plenty of tracks off
Pure. Highlights of the night were: My shadow
in vain, Oh! didn't I say, Moral, This Wreckage,
I die You die and M.E. The sound was good, though
there seemed to be one or two problems with the
right bank of speakers. They seemed to lose power
halfway through M.E. and throughout the gig Gary's
vocals and the keyboards were sometimes completely
inaudible above the guitars and drums.
went to this gig with a couple of mates, one who
had never been to a Numan gig before, and one
who's last Numan gig was Deeside on the warriors
tour. Both said they really enjoyed the show and
would definately go again next time. All in all
an excellent night. What Gary needs now is some
new material to perform, and if the interview
with him in the Liverpool Echo is anything to
go by, we should soon be seeing some come to fruition.
Personally I can't wait!!!!
Club - Good Show
a choice for a venue Liverpool's Lomax club was
not ideal by any stretch of the imagination! It
even made Manchester's Academy seem favourable!
Still, Im not complaining, at least Gary has finally
put Liverpool back on the map after missing it
off for several years.
show itself was good! Even the support act were
worth watching - quite an achievement in itself!
Gary was great, as usual, but I did feel that
his voice seemed to be going weaker as the night
wore on. I liked the way he'd totally revamped
anthems such as "We are So Fragile",
and it certainly went down well with the crowd!
As for "Metal" - I liked the new version,
but Im sure the lyrics he sang were from a completely
different song though!
Again my only criticism would be that he did too
much of the "Pure" album - fantastic
as it is, I did feel that after the last weekender
in April,he could have had a bit more variation,
but nevertheless, I still enjoyed every minute!
After the gig, he was in a good mood too, and
chatted to fans for a good half an hour outside
before heading back down to the smoke. At the
ends of the day, after 22+ years, Gary is still
a brilliant, and unique performer. He's proved
all his critics wrong and is still popular enough
now to attract crowds, unlike so many of his 1980s
Thanks Gary for another great evening!
B - The Monday Trooper
enjoyable night. Intresting venue, even more intimate
than Manchester Academy if a little lacking in
was on form, and appeared to enjoy himself. Great
to hear some old favourites inc Oh didn't I say'
& 'W A S Fragile'. Played 'Bleed' for the
first time in a few years as well.
were a lot of old fans from Liverpool around who
were genuinely pleased to see Gary back in the
city. Many were saying how much they had enjoyed
seeing him for the first time in some years. (Come
on guys the M62 could have you at Manchester Academy
in less than 45 minutes.)
crowd, I was fortunate enough to be front left,
among some guys who were prepared to rock a bit.
was okay but wasn't as loud as it could be.
Closer To The Mic
NUMAN returned to Liverpool for the first time
since 'Outland' with a great set of modern tracks
and some vintage golden oldies. Kicking off the
gig with 'M.E.' the sound was clear and the band
tight.Numan looked good resplendant in some armour
plating he must have stolen off a passing Roman
usual stuff from 'Pure' was in there and no doubt
the arguments will rage again over the 'mimed'
vocals.Th stime I have to say that the chorus
for the following was certainly mimed: 'Pure','RIP'
and 'I Can't Beathe'.Gary lad, if you are going
to mime for whatever reason PLEASE stand a bit
closer to the microphone so it doesn't look so
bloody obvious,and get your timing right with
No doubt some will want to take me to task over
this but I've spent enough hours on stage myself
to not be dubbed an 'armchair critic' and enough
hours on stage to know when a vocal is live or
BUT don't let that detract too much from a bliniding
show with the ressurection of 'I Die:You Die','Moral'
and a real suprise with 'Oh! Didn't I Say?' and
'My Shadow In Vain' from the early Tubeway Army
days. The lighting was very good with lots of
red and white to push the 'Exposure' album and
the lights during 'Down In The Park' were brilliant.
All in all a great show and Numan on top form
again.If you missed this tour then you have missed
better shows than the earlier ones this year.
Of Ten : 8/10