Oct 192008

Hey soul people,

I’ve just returned from seeing the Wonderful One with my youngest son and his best mate Eli at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. What a great, magical, joyous show!

I had actually forgotten how many hits Stevie Wonder had – he tried to fit them all into a medley but they wouldn’t all fit! Still, I heard every song I was really dying to hear and some cool new ones, too.

A long time ago, when I was a young mama and my son was 4 years old, he and I used to have a dance party everyday while we waited for his older brother to return home from school . It was our time. We’d just dance like maniacs for a half hour and Stevie always brought us the funk, the soul and the love, man, the love.

Tonight we both jumped up at exactly the same moment during the opening notes of ‘Higher Ground’ and for a little while, it felt like we were the only people in that arena, dancing side by side, my 4 year old in an almost grown up man’s body, rockin’ like nobody’s business.

It was superb.

I hear there are tickets available to tonight’s show and if you can go I would strongly recommend getting yourself to Rod Laver Arena.

I’m so glad we went to see the man – what a lotta heart and a lotta soul he puts into a show – and lordee, he still does bring the funk!

Amen, Stevie!

Oct 152008

Numanoids … the wait is finally over …

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“the godfather of electro” BBC
“easily rivals the Reznors or Mansons of this world for dark textures and introspective anguish.” Contact Music

In 2009 Gary Numan will bring his full UK light show and electrifying live performance to Australia playing songs from his entire career from Replicas, The Pleasure Principle and Telekon through to Pure and Jagged. It will be only his second ever tour of Australia, his first being way back in May 1980, but as anyone who has seen him live recently will attest, it may be 30 years on but he’s got more energy than bands half his age and he is still at his elemental and exploratory best, revitalized and recaptured, and importantly, rewriting his reborn future.

Crafting seminal tracks like Are ‘Friends’ Electric? and Cars, Gary Numan ushered in a new era. His unique style captivated and inspired a legion of ‘Numanoids’. The sound of Gary Numan might not have been as he spent the early part of 1970’s absorbed by the energy of punk music. It was only by accident that Numan stumbled upon his electronic sound following a chance encounter with a Mini Moog synthesizer left behind in a studio. The result of this would not only drastically change the sound of his band Tubeway Army but also have ramifications still being felt through electronic music to this day. In 1979 Tubeway Army released Are ‘Friends’ Electric? which topped the U.K charts and sent their Replicas album to number 1? The album also featured Down in the Park, now covered by the Foo Fighters and Marilyn Manson. The release of The Pleasure Principle in late 1979 marked the first actual album release by Gary Numan and spawned the international hit Cars. The release of the Telekon album in 1980 is considered the third of the Holy Trinity creating a “world populated with devotees as diverse as Basement Jaxx and Front 242” (Music OMH)

The weight of Gary Numan’s pioneering sounds are still felt today and his work continues to influence contemporary artists with Nine Inch Nails, Prodigy, Marilyn Manson, Smashing Pumpkins, Fear Factory and many, many more all citing Numan as a huge inspiration. Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor went even further and admitted to listening to Telekon every day while recording his debut, Pretty Hate Machine. Elsewhere his ground breaking electronic sound has been recognized by artists as diverse as the Basement Jaxx (Where’s Your Head At? samples M.E), Sugarbabes (Freak like Me samples Are ‘Friends’ Electric?), Armand Van Helden (Koochy samples Cars) and Plump DJs (Numan contributed the vocals for their track Pray for You). He has even recently been ‘immortalized’, if you will, by The Mighty Boosh with constant references to his work and even some guest appearances by the man himself.

No nostalgia act, Numan is ever-reinventing himself and continues to record and perform live. His 1997 album Exile marked a distinct return to form and served as a good warm up for the 2000 album Pure which prompted reviews like “Gary Numan’s richest, most powerful and most aggressive work in years” from Pop Matters. His most recent album Jagged took things up yet another notch as he continued to hone his sound. Jagged is considered by fans and some critics to be amongst his finest and included the anthemic Haunted … is it possible for him to get any better?

Australian Tour.
March 2009.

Monday 2nd
BRISBANE. The Tivoli. 52 Costin Street, Fortitude Valley.
Tickets from Ticketek 132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au

Thursday 5th
SYDNEY. Enmore Theatre . 118-132 Enmore Road, Enmore.
Tickets from Ticketek 132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au

Saturday 7th
MELBOURNE. The Forum. Corner of Russell and Flinders Street, Melbourne.
Tickets from Ticketek 132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au

Tickets for all shows on sale 9am Friday 10th October

Down in the Park (live 2006)


Replicas (1979) (as Tubeway Army)
The Pleasure Principle (1979)
Telekon (1980)
Dance (1981)
I, Assassin (1982)
Warriors (1983)
Beserker (1984)
The Fury (1985)
Strange Charm (1986)
Metal Rhythm (1988)
Outland (1991)
Machine + Soul (1992)
Sacrifice (1994)
Exile (1997)
Pure (2000)
Jagged (2006)

Further information, interviews, publicity etc:
Karen Conrad

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