It’s hard to believe that it has been nearly two weeks since I met Gary Numan in Orlando, the first stop on his North American Pleasure Principle tour. I am still so jazzed about meeting my music idol and experiencing a show that was nothing short of brilliant excellence, that I have been filling my days plugged into my iPod and methodically going through every Numan MP3 that I have.
I have also been reading other fan reports as they have rolled in. I have not found a disappointed comment in the lot, not counting the show that Numan was forced to cancel at the beginning of the tour. After rocking the house at Firestone LIVE! (Club Firestone) in Orlando, Gary promptly lost his voice. He postponed and then finally ended up canceling the second stop on the North American Tour in Atlanta. I can only imagine how crushed those fans must have felt, and Gary felt even worse. He sent out an email apologizing profusely and remarking that this is the first time he’d had to cancel an appearance due to health issues in over 31years of touring.
Since then, rave reviews abound as Gary Numan and his accompanying band gain momentum throughout North America.
From Review online, reporting about the show from the Trocadero in Philadelphia:
Make no mistake; Gary Numan can still bring to life an era that captured his true signature sound. Adding the live performance recently at the Trocadero in Philadelphia during his mini Tour of America proves that Gary Numan is still an amazing entertainer after all these years. Any one who attended the show would agree…hands down.
They trekked up the east coast playing Washington DC, Philly, Boston, New York, then wound their way over the border into Canada. Their one date in Toronto was sold-out sublime, with all fans raising their voices in unison to sing Numan’s praises. An exciting twist to the Toronto show was an assist by home-grown artist Nash the Slash who originally played electric violin on several of Numan’s early creations, including “The Joy Circuit.” This time, they collaborated on “Complex” which had the crowd absolutely transfixed. The talent on that one stage must have been truly overwhelming.
Here is Gary Numan’s tour schedule, past, present, and beyond:
10/17 – Orlando, FL @ The Firestone LIVE!
10/18 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
10/20 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
10/21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
10/22 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
10/23 – New York, NY @ Nokia Theatre
10/24 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
10/25 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theater
10/26 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
10/28 – Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
10/31 – Seattle, WA @ Neumos
11/01 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
11/02 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
11/03 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
11/04 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
Watch out West Coast – Gary Numan (vocals, keyboards, guitar), Ade Fenton (keyboards), David Brooks (keyboards), Richard Beasley (drums), Steve Harris (guitar) and Tim Muddiman (bass) are on their way to knock you out and take you prisoner with the best concert you can possibly imagine attending. I can confidently guarantee that the West Coast in particular, and the whole of North America in general, will never be the same once this unparalleled British invasion sweeps through. Already, I simply cannot wait for Gary Numan to return to these shores to capture our hearts and souls once again.
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“M.E.” in Orlando via YouTube user xXamnesiac81Xx:
“Airlane” in Orlando via YouTube user xXamnesiac81Xx:
“Complex” with Nash The Slash in Toronto via YouTube user mdent23:
“Haunted” in Toronto via YouTube user MsMadbutler: