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Gary Numan (born Gary Anthony James Webb on 8 March 1958) is an English singer, composer, and musician. Most widely known for his chart-topping 1979 hits “Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” (as Tubeway Army) and “Cars”, Numan achieved his peak of mainstream popularity in the late 1970s and early 1980s, but maintains a loyal cult following.

Numan, whose signature sound consists of heavy synthesizer hooks fed through guitar effects pedals, is considered a pioneer of commercial electronic music.

Gary Numan was set to perform a small number of American live dates in April 2010, including a Coachella Festival appearance in California, but had to cancel because air travel in Europe was halted by the Icelandic volcanic ash cloud. As a result, the tour was not only postponed but expanded, and his Pleasure Principle 30th Anniversary Tour’s American and Mexican dates began on 17 October 2010, at Firestone Live in Orlando, Florida.

Numan toured Australia in May 2011 performing his seminal album The Pleasure Principle in its entirety to celebrate its thirtieth anniversary. Joining him on tour was Australian electronic band Severed Heads, coming out of retirement especially for the shows.

Numan lent his vocals to the track “My Machines” on Battles’s 2011 album “Gloss Drop”. He has been chosen by Battles to perform at the ATP Nightmare Before Christmas festival that they co-curate in December 2011 in Minehead, England. Numan’s new album Dead Son Rising was released on 16 September 2011 which had a full UK tour split in two halves, 15–21 September and 7–11 December, Both parts were supported by Welsh soloist Jayce Lewis in an interview during the tour; Gary praised the Welshman to being the best supporting act ever in his 30 years of touring, later documenting the tour in a Tour diary and publicly inviting Jayce to join him for an American tour in 2012.

Numan also provided narration for Voltaire’s short film Odokuro in 2011.

While working on a new album due for release in 2013, Numan said “The one I’m working on now which I’m trying to get out in the middle of next year. It’s very heavy, very aggressive and very dark. There are elements of Dead Son Rising in that, but it’s much further along that particular road.”

The new album, Splinter (Songs From A Broken Mind), was released worldwide on October 14, 2013. The album reached the UK Top 20, his first since the early 1980s. It was promoted by an extensive US, Canada, UK & Ireland tour which continues in 2014 taking in Israel, New Zealand, Australia and Europe with another US leg scheduled for later in the year.

June 2014 Numan collaborated with Welshman Jayce Lewis and his Protafield project with the track Redesign featured on Protafield’s Nemesis Album

Numan announced that there will be a special one-off live show in London in November 2014 at the Hammersmith Apollo. In 2014 Numan provided vocals for the song “Long Way Down” composed by Masafumi Takada and Rich Dickerson for The Evil Within video game. The game was released on October 14 2014. Select tracks from the soundtrack were in included on a CD as an Amazon exclusive pre-order bonus which featured “Long Way Down”.

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