Posted in music | pictures on October 27, 2010

photos by Greg Cristman

Gary Numan

[Gary Numan]'s stop in New York to promote "The Pleasure Principle Tour 2010" marks the 30th anniversary and re-issue of his groundbreaking album, which he is performing in its' entirety. Written when he was a mere 21 years old, The Pleasure Principle debuted in 1979 but only charted Stateside a year later. Propelled by the monumental single, "Cars", the album was a watershed as disco yielded to new wave and power pop...

Not content to stand idly in front of his instrument, Numan took every opportunity to move and thrash about; though for the duration of the performance of The Pleasure Principle he seemed content to let the music wash over the crowd. And they soaked it up, bouncing and singing along to songs like "Films" and "M.E.". As the album is only 41 minutes in length, it was a short time to the highly anticipated performance of the ubiquitous "Cars" and Numan did not disappoint. The Pleasure Principle concludes with "Engineers" and in spite of the poignant darkness of the lyrics ("All that we know/Is hate and machinery") the crowd cheered wildly as Numan gracefully expressed his gratitude with a beaming nod. -[Consequence of Sound]

Numan was supported by Rasputina and Boom Boom Satellites (who recently played Irving Plaza) at the sold-out Best Buy Theatre in Times Square Saturday night (10/23). The NYC show was part of an ongoing tour. Gary performs the full album each night.

More pictures from NYC, with Gary's setlist (nine songs after the album included), below...

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Setlist:
The Pleasure Principle:
Random
Airlane
Metal
Complex
Films
M.E.
Tracks
Observer
Conversation
Cars
Engineers
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The Fall
Pure
Down in the Park
Haunted
Halo
BLEED
Are Friends Electric?
Encore:
I Die You Die
Prayer For The Unborn

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Comments (45)

The first Gary Numan album is so classic.

Posted by soysalami | October 27, 2010 12:54 PM

Numan = Class act

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2010 1:01 PM

Do I have to do everything around here?

Gary NuMEH

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2010 1:19 PM

Gary Numan was, is and always will be a cunt.

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2010 1:22 PM

Numan = fascist.

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2010 1:26 PM

Why the negavibez toward Numan???

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2010 1:38 PM

Because if people don't hate on something/anything here, they fear they won't come across as cool (as if that would matter anyway, almost everyone here is anonymous).

This sounded like a cool show, but I opted for Helmet instead.

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2010 2:13 PM

best fucking show i have been to in years!

Numan rules!

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2010 2:36 PM

I would LOVE to know how Numan is a fascist, 1:26.

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2010 2:39 PM

Great show!

Funny observation not meant to be offensive, but does anyone else thinks Gary looks a bit like a goth Mike Myers? Ha!

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2010 2:40 PM

incredible show. Numan sent chills down my spine when i heard how good he sounded all these years later. he was so gracious to the audience.

oh, and 1:26 is a douchebag.

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2010 2:43 PM

1:22 is a douchbag as well.

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2010 2:44 PM

amazing show

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2010 2:45 PM

i hope the boosh was there

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2010 2:47 PM

rasputina looks gayer than frankenstein! lol @ dude saying best show he's been to in years....right on i guess. surprised to see such a crowd at a gary numan concert. good work.

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2010 2:55 PM

1:22 i'm dying to know your age since you know him that well.
btw some of the best 80s music was created
by either fascists or fascists pretenders
or anti-fascists who mocked fascism.
does anyone here have a problem with bands names like joy division and new order?

Posted by me | October 27, 2010 3:01 PM

Posicore > Negavibez

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2010 3:51 PM

Do goths eat hummus? That's the question that needs to be answered here.

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2010 4:02 PM

hey 2:55-yes, it was the best show i have been to in the last several years. i don't understand what's so funny about that. amazing performance, fantastic sound, great light work, and an audience who was really into Numan.

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2010 4:17 PM

long live gary numan. i would love to be his guitar for one of these shows.

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2010 4:27 PM

Anyone who was in the UK and old enough to remember 1983-85 and Numans very vocal support of Thatcher and some of her more right wing allegencies and policies, especially towards south africa and miners strike, knows how true 1:22 & 1:26 comments are. I'm sure they were made by Brits, we have long memories...........know your history my friends.

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2010 5:26 PM

Ha......ask Bowie, who once had him thrown out of a TV studio in 1982, and it wasnt because of his music.

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2010 5:37 PM

I'm with 1:22......and I think 3:01 really missed the point.

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2010 5:55 PM

best hairpiece in rock

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2010 7:30 PM

I was there. Amazing show. And just to clear things up, Numan is one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet.

he is not to be missed live. His live performances are very powerful. He is an charismatic presence onstage, probably one of the best frontmen I've ever seen along with the other iconic performers still working like Bowie, Bono, etc.. Something that has to be seen and experienced. Gary Numan's show Saturday night was phenomenal and I highly suggest he be seen on his rare US tours. His talent is bigger and his music is much more than just "Cars". In fact, his new releases are pretty amazing. In his three latest releases, his music is distinctive, sometimes haunting, and one of those CD's that get's constant playtime.


I hope this new release gets the play it so deserves. Gary Numan's recognition for his talent and contribution to modern music is long overdue.

Posted by Vegan Numan Fan | October 27, 2010 7:49 PM

just to clear things up it was 1980 not 1982 on the Kenny Everett show and Numan was much more influenced by Ultravox than Bowie

I wish people would leave the politics out and just enjoy the music for what it is

I was at the show and Gary sounded awesome. I'd like to see anyone else at 52 sounding that good. The opening acts were terrible though.

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2010 9:25 PM

well put 7:49

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2010 9:25 PM

Err 9:25 listen to "Low" some time soon

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2010 10:01 PM

Never met the guy but I do know his music sucks and I wouldnt piss on him if he was on fire

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2010 10:06 PM

err 10:01

"When I first got into electronic music, I used to listen to Ultravox a lot. They were the only people really who were doing things where they mixed synthesizers - electronics - with conventional instruments, and that's what I wanted to do. I didn't want to replace old instruments the way people like Kraftwerk had done - with just all electronic. That kind of didn't work for me. The things that Bowie and Eno were doing were kind of not really what I was after either, but Ultravox were. Ultravox were very much in the same sort of vein. So, I listened to them quite a lot. Before that, I really wanted to be a pop star/rock star because of people like T Rex and Marc Bolan and so on. I was a Bowie fan for a while, but not for that long."

Gary Numan, Music Street Journal, 2000

Posted by Anonymous | October 27, 2010 11:37 PM

^^
@10:01 booya!

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2010 12:30 AM

"I eat hummus nearly everyday"

Gary Numan, Music Street Journal, 2006

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2010 1:34 AM

If it weren't for the predictability of BV posters, I'd have nothing to set my watch by.

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2010 7:33 AM

10:06-needs to get their kneescaps smashed in

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2010 9:57 AM

10:01-thanks. i will give it a listen

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2010 10:03 AM

Numan was fantastic, seriously.

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2010 12:46 PM

numan was totally amazing and super heavy at the end. think NIN...

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2010 1:12 PM

Look how good he looks in these photos! Y'all need to chill - how's your band gonna look and sound in thirty years?

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2010 1:22 PM

Yeah - great job again Greg.

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2010 1:25 PM

i loved that they played the early stuff and later stuff.

1:22-right on. he looked great after all these years.

Posted by Anonymous | October 28, 2010 2:30 PM

man, this site just gets on my nerves anymore. I look for reviews in the comments and the negativity is actually sickening. I think the site would be better off if they just disabled the comments section, as it seems to be a sport with whoever these misanthropes are to deride and insult every artists who gets a review. It kills off any value the rest of the comments might offer, just like one tiny cockroach in a plate of food ruins the whole meal.

Posted by bdubb | October 28, 2010 11:07 PM

Gary Numan is the nicest person I have ever met. His music is genius. People who are negative are only jealous wastes of space that ought to take a long walk off a short pier. I'm tired of reading the negativity, but will forever defend Gary, because that's what a true fan does, and because he is none of the negative things people say! So negative people, just stop breathing now okay, cuz you're worthless! GARY NUMAN FOREVER!

Posted by Angela | October 29, 2010 8:51 AM

Seen 2 shows on this tour, Philly and NYC. Numan Forever!!!!!

Posted by A non moose | November 2, 2010 1:10 AM

I personally LOVED that japanese band. Did anyone give credit that that chick on the drums? I have never seen any wail as great as that chick can. This duo-trio is a HOT hit

Posted by Anonymous | November 4, 2010 3:04 PM

Well we will se how it goes tonight here in LA. The anticipation is high...

Posted by Chris | November 5, 2010 12:40 AM

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