15th Nov, 2018

Gary Numan to play Warwick Arts Centre next year on tour

Editorial Correspondent 28th Nov, 2017 Updated: 29th Nov, 2017

CHART-TOPPING electronic singer Gary Numan will visit Coventry on his latest tour.

He has announced dates for next year, including a performance at the Warwick Arts Centre on Tuesday March 13.

Gary Numan rose to fame in the late 70s and early 80s with hits including ‘Cars’ and ‘Are Friends Electric?’ with his then band Tubeway Army.

Album ‘Savage: Songs From A Broken World’ was released earlier this year through BMG and earned the best reviews of Gary’s career.

It entered the UK charts at No.2.

The British electro pioneer was also awarded the Inspiration Award for songwriting and composition at the Ivor Novellos this year.

‘Savage: Songs From A Broken World’ is an album with a narrative that’s set in an apocalyptic, post-global warming Earth in the not-too-distant future, say promoters.

There is no technology left and most of the planet has turned to a desolate desert wasteland.

Western and Eastern cultures have merged in order to survive in a harsh, savage environment.

While Numan was writing the record, Donald Trump was elected President of the United States.

It made sense to make him and his climate decisions the catalyst for the apocalypse theme of the album.

Numan says: “The songs are about the things that people do in such a harsh and terrifying environment.

“It’s about a desperate need to survive and they do awful things in order to do so, and some are haunted by what they’ve done.

“That desire to be forgiven, along with some discovered remnants of an old religious book, ultimately encourages religion to resurface, and it really goes downhill from there.”

The album was produced by long-term collaborator Ade Fenton, with recording sessions split between Numan’s own studio in LA, and in the UK.

Numan and Fenton’s creative connection goes back to 2006’s ‘Jagged’.

Numan added: “Ade is not only extremely creative but ridiculously hard working, even in difficult circumstances.”

“It’s easy to discuss alternative ideas with him, he’s not precious about things and is always looking to make the music better, even if that means, on very rare occasions, undoing his own work and starting again.”

As the project took shape, Numan also set up a Pledge Music campaign to create an experience for fans that would let them see how an album was put together, from the first note to the finished shrink wrapped package.

It was a strategy that brought Numan closer to his fans, and allowed him to communicate the blood, sweat and tears that goes into making a record.

The campaign grew so successful that Numan consequently secured a record deal with BMG.


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