Dark overlord of synth-pop, electronic music innovator, goth idol: Gary Numan is all of these things. And now it's time for Numanoids to rejoice, as the man behind huge hits like 'Cars' and 'Are Friends Electric?' (with Tubeway Army) has announced a big UK tour to celebrate the re-release of his seminal 1979 album 'Replicas'.
The tour kicks off on 29th February at Bristol Academy, and from there rolls on to:
1st March Corporation, Sheffield
2nd Mar ABC, Glasgow
3rd Mar Spring & Airbrake, Belfast
4th Mar Tripod, Dublin
5th Mar Rock City, Nottingham
7th Mar Newcastle Academy
8th Mar Manchester Academy
9th Mar UEA, Norwich
10th Mar Wulfren Hall, Wolverhampton
11th Mar The Junction, Cambridge
12th Mar The Dome, Brighton
13th Mar Oxford Academy
14th Mar Southampton University
15th Mar indigO2, London
The re-issued 'Replicas' will be released on 25th February with an extra CD of B-sides and alternate takes. Numan will perform the album in its entirety on the tour. The dystopian imagery and dark-synth cityscapes evoked by the album, particularly on highlight 'Down in the Park', remain a huge influence on electronica artists to this day.
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