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Tag: RRussell Bell

GARY NUMAN Back Stage now reissued as an e-Book

Following selling out as a hardback edition, the acclaimed book GARY NUMAN ‘Back Stage – A Book Of Reflections’ has now been reissued in digital PDF format. The text comprises of interviews conducted by long-time Numan fan Stephen Roper over a period of a few years with JOHN FOXX, THE SKIDS and DEVO plus support acts OMD, SIMPLE MINDS and NASH THE SLASH. There are also contributions from band members Chris Payne, RRussell Bell and the late Cedric Sharpley as well as GARY NUMAN himself. Continue Reading ›

Lost Albums: DRAMATIS For Future Reference

Following the ‘retirement’ of GARY NUMAN with his spectacular farewell shows at Wembley Arena in April 1981, four of his erstwhile backing band officially went ‘solo’ under the moniker of DRAMATIS. RRussell Bell, Denis Haines, Chris Payne and Ced Sharpley toured the skies with the Machine Music pioneer and had been instrumental (pun totally intended) in the success of Numan’s powerful live presentation. While success for DRAMATIS for not exactly assured, several things were in place for a smooth transition to independence. Continue Reading ›

GARY NUMAN Back Stage – A Book Of Reflections

Lifelong Numan fan Stephen Roper has devoted the last three years to compiling Back Stage - A Book Of Reflections. The book focuses on the years 1979 - 81, when GARY NUMAN was at the peak of his fame and commercial success. It features first-hand accounts of those who were closest to him at the time including band members, record company executives, friends such as JOHN FOXX, THE SKIDS and DEVO plus support acts OMD, SIMPLE MINDS and NASH THE SLASH. The foreword is provided by Numan himself while he also contributes a chapter. The Electricity Club spoke to book contributors Chris Payne, RRussell Bell and Tim Dry. Continue Reading ›