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2010 TOURING INFO

GIGS PLAYED THIS YEAR 

21 

COUNTRIES VISITED

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UK GIG 2010

Dates Set List Tour Info
APRIL
13 - Scala, London
01 - The Fall 
02 - Films 
03 - Haunted
04 - Metal
05 - Bleed
06 - I Dream Of Wires
07 - Zulu (Big Noise Transmission)
08 - Down In The Park
09 - Walking With Shadows 
10 - Dragging Loop (When The Sky Bleeds, He Will Come) 
11 - Jagged 
12 - M.E.
13 - Halo 
14 - Pure
15 - A Prayer For The Unborn
16 - Cars 
17 - Are 'Friends' Electric ? 
 
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Band Lineup
Gary Numan - Vocals, Guitar 
Richard Beasley - Drums 
Ade Fenton - Keyboards 
David Brooks - Keyboards 
Tim Muddiman - Bass 
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EUROPEAN GIGS 2010

Dates Set List Tour Info
MAY
28 - Porto Casa Das Artes 
29 - Barcelona Porto Villa Nova De Famalicao 
01 - The Fall 
02 - Metal 
03 - Haunted 
04 - Bleed
05 - Cars
06 - Big Noise Transmission 
07 - Down In The Park 
08 - Films 
09 - Pressure 
10 - Jagged 
11 - Noise, Noise 
12 - Halo
13 - Pure 
14 - Are 'Friends' Electric ? 
15 - A Prayer For The Unborn 
Encore: 
16 - Blind 
17 - Rip 
 
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Band Lineup
Gary Numan - Vocals, Guitar 
Richard Beasley - Drums 
Ade Fenton - Keyboards 
David Brooks - Keyboards 
Tim Muddiman - Bass 
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UK GIGS & FESTIVALS

Dates Set List Tour Info
JULY
29 - Brighton Concorde 2
30 - Knebworth Sonisphere
01 - The Fall 
02 - Metal 
03 - Haunted 
04 - Bleed
05 - Cars 
06 - Big Noise Transmission 
07 - Down In The Park
08 - Films 
09 - Pressure 
10 - Jagged 
11 - Noise, Noise 
12 - Halo 
13 - Pure 
14 - Are 'Friends' Electric ? 
15 - A Prayer For The Unborn 
Encore: 
16 - Blind 
17 - Rip 
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Band Lineup
Gary Numan - Vocals, Guitar 
Richard Beasley - Drums 
Ade Fenton - Keyboards 
David Brooks - Keyboards 
Tim Muddiman - Guitar 
Tim Slade - Bass 
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CHINA FESTIVAL 2010

Dates Set List Tour Info
AUGUST
7 - Macau Mima Rockit Festival 
01 - Cars 
02 - Big Noise Transmission 
03 - Are 'Friends' Electric ? 
 
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Band Lineup
Gary Numan - Vocals, Guitar 
Richard Beasley - Drums 
Ade Fenton - Keyboards 
David Brooks - Keyboards 
Tim Muddiman - Bass 
Steve Harris - Guita
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THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE AMERICAN TOUR 2010

Dates Set List Tour Info
OCTOBER
17 - Orlando Firestone 
20 - Washington DC Black Cat 
21 - Philadelphia Trocadero Theatre 
22 - Boston Paradise Club
23 - New York Best Buy Theatre 
24 - Toronto Opera Theatre 
25 - Pontiac The Crofoot 
26 - Chicago The Metro 
28 - Denver Englewood Gothic Theatre 
31 - Seattle Neumo's 
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NOVEMBER 
01 - Portland Roseland Theatre
02 - San Francisco The Fillmore 
03 - Hollywood El Rey Theatre
04 - Hollywood El Rey Theatre 
06 - Mexico City Lunario Del Auditorio Nacional 
01 - Random 
02 - Airlane
03 - Metal 
04 - Engineers
05 - Films 
06 - Tracks 
07 - M.E. 
08 - Complex 
09 - Observer
10 - Conversation 
11 - Cars 
12 - The Fall 
13 - Pure 
14 - Down In The Park 
15 - Haunted 
16 - Halo 
17 - Jagged 
18 - Are 'Friends' Electric ? 
Encore: 
19 - I Die: You Die
20 - Big Noise Transmission 
21 - A Prayer For The Unborn
 
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Band Lineup
Gary Numan - Vocals, Guitar, Keyboards 
Richard Beasley - Drums 
Ade Fenton - Keyboards 
David Brooks - Keyboards 
Tim Muddiman - Bass 
Steve Harris - Guitar, Keyboards 
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GARY NUMAN – THE PLEASURE PRINCIPLE (Live show review – El Rey Theatre – L.A. CA 11.4.10)
Gary Numan is a fascinating artist. When he had his first bonified hit in the U.S.A with Cars in 1980 (which peaked at number 9 on the Billboard charts), people really didn’t know what to make of him. Especially after they bought The Pleasure Principle album, which is all-and-all much darker than Cars would have suggested. The video of the tour that followed this release, The Touring Principle, is considered by many (me included) to be the first full length music video in its conceptual design and implementation.

His post-apocalyptic vision and bleak overtones are so thoroughly felt on this record that when I heard he would be doing the record in its entirety 29 years after its release, I was super psyched. The one thing that nagged at me was that after Cars there is instrumental music and I wondered if he would play the record in order. He did not. He moved a few songs around for a presumably better live experience. He did however include all the tracks from the original vinyl release, which was appreciated.

Battle Circus started off the night with a bombastic and very loud, very tight set (usually the opening band is not allowed to be louder than the headliner). The crowd obviously enjoyed Battle Circus and showed it, by making some good noise for them when they finished.

The stage was set for the recreation of a classic. Gary Numan’s band opened the record with Random an instrumental demo that was included on the CD reissue.

The smoke machines were pumping and the synthesizers were soaring when Gary took the stage to wild applause. Gary and the boys flew though The Pleasure Principle (which has almost no guitar on it) with a deliberate authenticity. There were three people on keyboards at times.

Gary Numan has changed his sound somewhat over the years. That is most obvious on his last official release of new music, Jagged, which on its own is a fantastic albeit underrated goth, metal, industrial thing that fits somewhere into the Trent Reznor universe. (Reznor was clearly influenced by Numan by the way.)

After The Pleasure Principle finished, with many people I’m sure having time-travelled back to their youth,

Gary launched into his new sound. This was a big disconnect for some of the audience, because the sound is huge and mean. The band obviously is most comfortable with the newer material, as it was the first time they really started to move. My wife and I had the opportunity to see Gary Numan on the Jagged tour and it was fantastic! But it was all the new sound, so it made more sense in the continuity department. On that tour, even when they played older songs, they kept them in the new sound.

But at this show last night, first I was transported to a very bleak future where androids have been integrated seamlessly into our world (and some of us may even be androids). Images of life being wasted and cheap were evident…Then unfortunately when Gary went to the new sound, I was sent to a vampire club with deep pounding dance beats and industrial metal guitars. This transition took me out of the trance that The Pleasure Principle had created. I spoke with a friend today who had seen the show and she disagreed, arguing that both styles fit together well for her. Always a reminder that music is subjective and much more important to the listener than the critic.

When they started my personal fave Down In The Park, it was in the new sound but it worked anyway because that song is just so darn good! The audience ate it up. Then it was back to Jagged for three tracks: bye-bye Zom Zoms, hello Fang Club.

Gary Numan has done so much for the world of electronic music. His first three records (first two with Tubeway Army) are all amazing. I lived in New York for a long time and the goth, electronic bands I saw all played to backing tracks, so it’s excepted in their community (they’re like drum loops I guess). And Gary was definitely singing to tracks of his own voice on some songs. He was in there somewhere and that’s part of his show, so deal with it.

One of the things I love about Gary Numan (take note new bands!): He doesn’t talk. He said thank you three times during the entire set, and not really anything else. Musicians rarely have anything better to say than what they are saying with their music. The band Gary has is very good (although the drummer seemed to be slightly out of time with his in-ear monitor click track on the first two songs). In order for there to be backing vocal tracks, etc., the band must play to a pre-set time signature which is way harder than it sounds.

My advice to Mr. Numan would be: if you are going to play a classic record then keep all the songs in that era so as not to throw off the vibe. Besides, there are so many tracks from that period to choose from!

Hearing The Pleasure Principle was worth the rest of the set feeling slightly disjointed (but still enjoyable). Gary Numan is a great performer. The only non-excusable offense was that there was no pyramid in evidence anywhere.

Whenever I think of that iconic album cover, I think of a young Gary Numan with a detached expression; wearing his tight suit and eye liner, looking at the pyramid on his desk like it was a drug that was both needed and hated.

If you want to understand why people such as myself love Gary Numan and all you’ve ever heard is the song Cars, here is a list of essential material: Airplane, Metal, Complex, Films, M.E, Tracks, Observer, Engineers, Conversation, Down In The Park, Me I Disconnect From You, Are Friends Electric? Listen To The Sirens, My Shadow In Vain, Friends, Everyday I die, My Love Is A Liquid and Are You Real.

Now is that enough great songs to warrant his critical acclaim and loyal fan base? ummm… yes; considering that most bands that attain comercial success have one or two songs that will stay with you over the years.

Thank you Gary Numan for playing the The Pleasure Principle. It was fun to travel backwards to my youth and forwards to your horrifying and cold vision of our possible future. To quote the amazing Mr. Numan from the song Conversation, “ These are not my tears, not my reflection. Am I a photo? I can’t remember.”

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