Last time I saw Gary Numan on stage was 25 March 1996 at Bristol Colston Hall.
We were recording ”Brilliant Mistakes” at that period with Wayne Hussey on producer’s seat and sound engineer Steve Whitfield.
Colston Hall was one of the venues of Numan’s UK tour and as he is good friends with Wayne, it was a nice chance for them to catch up.
The show was great and when it was over, Gary, Wayne, Steve and me payed a visit to a local pub for a couple of beers.
Gary was in good mood and very friendly.
For some strange reason the logo of his 1996 The Premier Tour was the Greek letter Ψ so I asked him why he chose that as the tour logo …
He didn’t know it was a letter. It was just something he found while searching on the computer…
We all found it funny and we went on with our lives…
I was already attracted by industrial musicians and a couple of years later I would become a great fan of Nine Inch Nails.
Now this is where two parallel realities were met, as Nine Inch Nails covered “Metal” on Things Falling Apart, a cover of Gary Numan from his 1979 album “The Pleasure Principle”.
Sugarcubes had already used samples of Numan’s “Are Friends Electric” for their 2002 single “Freak Like Me” and finally, in 2009 Trent Reznor and Gary Numan teamed up following Numan’s live appearances at Nine Inch Nails’ farewell gigs.
I was of the impression that the legend was back as Nine Inch Nails had the full respect by all top artists such as David Bowie, The Cure etc
So, in 2017, Gary Numan, a hugely important musician with massive impact upon artists such as Trent Reznor, Marylin Manson and others, returns with his 21st studio album “Savage (Songs From A Broken World)”.
This concept album features 10 songs about a dystopian, post-apocalyptic world brought about by global warming.
Electro elements, industrial hits and blips and oriental inspired melodies, create a strong atmosphere, helping the composer pass his environmental message to the listener.
I enjoyed “Savage (Songs From A Broken World)” and I believe that if you like your Electro/Goth music well treated, you will love it too.
The great video of the track “My Name is Ruin” (with his 11 year old daughter Persia) gives an idea of the world which Numan describes, more or less, the world our children or grandchildren will have to live in if we continue destroying the planet…
Give it a try and I am sure you will be satisfied..
Numan was the special guest on Steve Jones’s radio show Jonesy’s Jukebox last September.
I found it to be interesting so I am posting the vid of the interview here…