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Gary Numan at Saint Andrews, 3 Things To Know
Gary Numan is one of those guys most of the world knows for one song -- 1979’s “Cars” -- but in actuality has much more to offer.
The British electronic pop auteur started in the band “Tubeway Army” before going solo 39 years ago, and he’s released 18 albums and collaborated on a number of other projects. He published an autobiography in 1997 and received the T3 technology legends award earlier this year.
Numan’s latest release is “Savage (Songs From A Broken World),” a thematic piece about life after global warming that was partly inspired by President Donald Trump’s denial of the environmental crisis. The songs come from a novel Numan was writing about the subject, which he plans to complete after touring to support the album...
• Numan (nee Webb) says by phone “Savage...” “wasn’t meant to be a statement about Trump or the dangers of global warming, necessarily, but it kind of got sucked into that.” He actually began “liberating” ideas from his novel “just to get me going writing (songs).” But as he proceeded, “Trump started the main thrust of his presidential campaign, and he was saying things about global warming that were very, very different to the way I see it. He’s saying it’s not even real, it’s all a hoax, and that sort of struck me and bothered me quite a bit, so (the songs) so (the songs) started to gain relevance because of that and I wrote more songs and more songs, and by the time it was all done the album was pretty much entirely devoted to this idea of mine about the post-global warming future.”
• And though he’s not necessarily standing on a soapbox, Numan, 59, does feel a sense of mission to make sure global warming is discussed and taken seriously. “The way it’s unfolded for me is during Obama’s time, it was if the world had come together in a remarkable show of unity and recognized a problem and was beginning to do something about it,” says Numan, who lives in California with his wife and three children. “It felt as if the whole global warming thing had become yesterday’s news. It was being dealt with. But because of Trump it felt like all of that was in danger of being undone; Rather than being yesterday’s news it needed to very much be brought back into the front again. It’s not something we could afford to stop talking about. So I did feel that it was important to keep that conversation alive and well from my very, very small corner of it.”
• Numan still plans on completing the novel he drew songs ideas from, but he cautions not to hold our breath waiting for it. “I really have been working on that for too long; It’s embarrassing, to be honest,” he says. “I just seem to be permanently busy, working on new music, always touring and I’ve got three children on top of that. And now I’ll be touring until mid-November of next year for this album. I do work on (the book) constantly, but rather than sitting down and getting on with the story and writing the thing, I’ve got this bottomless pits of ideas, adding new characters and names and tiny little things. So my plan is to devote the next six months or year after that to the book and hopefully wrap it up, finally.”
If You Go:
• Gary Numan and Me Not You
• Thursday, Nov. 30. Doors open at 7 p.m.
• Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit.
• Tickets are $28 and $48.
• Call 313-961-6358 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.
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