Win Tickets ($70): Gary Numan @ Revolution Hall | w/ A Place To Bury Strangers

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Gary Numan @ Revolution Hall on May 16. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed May 8.


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Gary Numan
May 16 2023
Doors 7PM, Show 8PM | $35 | 21+
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Revolution Hall
1300 SE Stark St., Portland, OR

May, 1979. It’s an ordinary Thursday evening, which means it’s time for Top of the Pops. Amidst a zeitgeist of punk and disco, the show suddenly appears to be interrupted by a transmission from the future. A luminous synth riff echoes out, a beat drives on and upsteps an otherworldly figure – part robot, part alien – to deliver an enigmatic lyric depicting some kind of android existence in a dystopian future. It’s Gary Numan fronting Tubeway Army for their breakthrough hit ‘Are ‘Friends’ Electric?’.

Of the millions that are watching, few would’ve recognised that this moment foreshadows the shape of music to come, from synth-pop to industrial and alt-pop. That, however, can’t stop it igniting the imagination of an audience that would swell into a devoted following.

Fast-forward to January, 2021. Numan’s latest single ‘Intruder’ pulsates ominously as if it’s soundtracking an imminent threat. As austere synths loom like shadows and industrial beats are detonated, the beguiling hook towers like a beacon in the darkness. It’s visionary and venomous, with a narrative that imagines the Earth growing angry at mankind’s actions, and more than willing to fight back. In the accompanying video, Numan looks even more out of time than he did back in 1979, like an intergalactic refugee fighting for his own existence.

Those two songs show how Numan has consistently fought against the grain to stick resolutely to his creative vision. In a career that spans over forty years, the music evolves and the themes change. But fans remain fascinated by Numan for the very fact that he’s so uncompromising.

Any story charting four decades will be a mixed blessing of momentous highs and meagre lows. The achievements are remarkable for someone who never made any concessions to mainstream success. Seven Top 10 singles, including ‘Are ‘Friends’ Electric?’ and the debut solo hit ‘Cars’; seven Top 10 albums, three of which topped the charts; and huge critical acclaim, most notably with the Inspiration Award at the prestigious Ivor Novellos.

Naturally, there were times when Numan was very much not in vogue. Sure, there would be ripples of rediscovery but there were years when his increasingly conceptual albums were primarily embraced by hardcore fans. He wasn’t troubling the charts, but audiences were still flocking to see him perform – almost every UK tour would include a sold-out show at the 5000 capacity Hammersmith Apollo.

Gradually, though, praise from Nine Inch Nails, Prince and David Bowie led to a reappraisal of his work. And that has been magnified in recent years with Kanye West, Lady Gaga and Dave Grohil citing him as an influence.




  1. Michael on April 24, 2023 at 1:51 pm

    Gary Numan’s music reminds me of a mix of David Bowie meets Nine Inch Nails. I would love to see this legendary musician in person and take a friend who has never been to Revolution Hall before, plus free tickets will give me some extra cash to spend on drinks and concert merchandise at the show.

  2. Tim on April 25, 2023 at 9:29 am

    This would be quite the show. Liked his stuff in the 80’s and can’t wait to hear his current music. Tickets please…..

  3. CHRIS on April 25, 2023 at 12:35 pm

    He had great songs in the 80’s ! This would be a fun show to see, please

    • Lisa on May 5, 2023 at 11:39 am

      Who doesn’t love a show that would make u feel sain

  4. Gillian on April 25, 2023 at 12:57 pm

    I will be the youngest person there please let me win

  5. Michael Pendlebury on April 25, 2023 at 2:15 pm

    Gary Numan is amazing live!!! I would love to have the opportunity to see him again especially as the show is at the Revolution Hall!

  6. Sascha on April 25, 2023 at 2:15 pm

    Life has been crazy lately and I would love to have a night of loud bright fun. And I love Gary.

  7. Daniel on April 25, 2023 at 2:24 pm

    I am ready to visit Mr. Numan’s strange land. Especially on your tab.

    • Cory on April 25, 2023 at 4:05 pm

      Whoop whoop

  8. Al on April 25, 2023 at 4:18 pm

    I dream of wires.

  9. cheyenne mccoy on April 25, 2023 at 5:07 pm

    Love Gary Numan. Love A Place to Bury Strangers. Love free tickets from PDX Pipeline for this show <3

  10. Stephanie on April 25, 2023 at 5:35 pm

    Would love to see Gary Numan live. Have been listening to his music 30+ yrs onaccounta I’m old! Hooray. Thx!!

  11. Denise Windley on April 25, 2023 at 8:53 pm

    This would be unbelievable!

  12. Sasha on April 25, 2023 at 11:44 pm

    This would be my little goth dream show 🥺 the last couple years have been tough financially and I haven’t gotten to see any shows. This would make my whole year!

  13. Kevin Williams on April 26, 2023 at 4:46 am

    A chance to see the godfather, no, wait the forefather of industrial music? We are NOT worthy!!!

  14. Karl Michael Jacobson on April 26, 2023 at 10:06 am

    Yes, please and thank you!

  15. Timothy on April 26, 2023 at 10:55 am

    Gary Numan is an art rock legend. Most people just know his hit “Cars”, but he has so much material that is way better than that song. His song “Metal” is my personal favorite, and I would love to see him perform it live at one of the best venues in Portland, Revolution Hall.

  16. Lauri on April 26, 2023 at 11:42 am

    Blast from the past!

  17. Matthew on April 27, 2023 at 2:48 pm

    Hi. And yay!

  18. Megan on April 27, 2023 at 2:57 pm

    Here in my car…

  19. Maureen on April 27, 2023 at 4:12 pm

    I would love to see Gary perform!!

  20. James on April 27, 2023 at 4:28 pm

    Some folks are able to stand the test of time.

  21. Stephen Mahoney on April 27, 2023 at 4:34 pm

    Still remember when I bought the 45 since for “cars” back in 1979. Bought the lp pleasure principle a couple of months ago, and that material still holds up , as well as everything he has done since!!!

  22. Dave G. on April 27, 2023 at 6:50 pm

    Fantastic band- great performer! Of course I want in! Please!

  23. Bob MacKay on April 27, 2023 at 10:56 pm

    Can I park my car in Revolution Hall for the show?

  24. Thea Stamatelos on April 29, 2023 at 3:02 pm

    I’ve heard his live show is great. I’d love to see it!

  25. Gary Spencer on May 2, 2023 at 1:17 pm

    I remember my dad used to play “The Pleasure Principle” when I was a kid. I’ve never seen him and I think it’d be a great way to relive some memories while also checking out his newer music.

  26. Fig on May 2, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Would love the chance to see Gary Numan for the first time, plus APTBS is always incredible live. Their show at mississippi last year was crazy good!

  27. Nicholas Coker on May 2, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    Gary Numan changed music forever and had a big impact on many of the bands that I love. It would be amazing to see him live!

  28. Doug on May 2, 2023 at 4:43 pm

    We’ve always wanted to see Gary Numan, just never had the chance!!

  29. Ben kansier on May 2, 2023 at 7:57 pm

    I’m not very familiar with this dude but from what I’ve listened to and researched, they seem right up my alley and this would be an assume welcome home show for me.

  30. Tom Heaslet on May 2, 2023 at 8:37 pm

    Here in my car
    I feel safest of all
    I can lock all my doors
    It’s the only way to live in cars

    Its simply crazy how relevant this song is today !

    I cant afford to go. Please gift me tickets or I will be living in a van down by the river if I have to buy them !

  31. Dan on May 3, 2023 at 10:03 am

    This would be great to see!

  32. Noodleround on May 3, 2023 at 10:36 pm

    He’s known as a one hit wonder in this country, but he’s pretty big in England with lots of hit songs and top 10 hits. Top notch performer with a great band!

  33. Zach on May 4, 2023 at 7:35 am

    Burying strangers in cars.

  34. Timothy on May 4, 2023 at 8:35 am

    Wow, blast from the past. Should be a great night of music.

  35. 503ItsMe on May 4, 2023 at 1:29 pm

    I would love to take a friend so they can witness what makes Portland… Portland.

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