This is the one and only NAGNFC Forum to let your fellow Numanoids know how you feel! Throw away your inhibitions and let us all know what's on your mind!
Let me share my understanding of what Wend is trying to say:
Post #1 - I am not sure what Paul and Smiley did, but they are nice guys, so this should end the discussion.
Post #2 - Jim, you seem like a nice guy, you really should stop discussing this in a public forum.
Post #3 - Jim, since you didn't follow my advice on Post #2, I am now going to call you names.
Post #4 - Jim, I could really care less about your opinions, as evidenced by the fact that this is the fourth post I've made on the topic.
Let me break it down for you Wend, as Jim has put it, your good buddy Smiley told Jim to air this issue on this forum because Smiley did not want it on his forum, as is his right.
I have known Jim for over ten years, he does not shoot first and ask questions later, he does not fly off the handle. It must have been severe for him to publicly post what happened on a forum.
Having said that, I was surprised to learn Jim had forgiven Smiley for abandoning him at 12 a.m. or was it closer to 1 a.m. while Jim was far far away from home, from his family, from his friends.
That is the kind of person Jim is.
I am truly sorry about your experience at The El Rey on night 2. I wasn't aware of your plight as I would have certainly intervened. Your such a stand-up guy that you didn't even make me aware of this while we were hanging out afterwards. I don't think that you wanted to bring anyone else down including Joey or myself. Don't hesitate to let me know or others in this Numan fraternity if you are having a "rough go" of it. We all (at least the majority of us here) respect and appreciate what you do for us. You have provided a much needed conduit of news and info regarding Gary's career for 20+ years. No easy feat as Glenn, Joey, and myself have all carried the torch of "nu-messenger" at some point in our lives, but to do so for two decades is remarkable! A whole list of Fortune 500 companies and airlines have come and gone during that time.
I would argue that if you have to get sh*t-faced to get you through a Numan concert, then you are truly NOT A FAN or supporter! This isn't a Man United match!
Anyway, I have related several tales of woe regarding my concert-going experience to you in the past. Suffice it to say, I won't belabour the point. Still, The El Rey seems to be the epicenter for Hollywood Douches. I'm not talking about the nice people that I met that have a rather "eccentric" sense of fashion that are very nice and cool (what's up, Blane!). I'm talking about the d*ckhead that insisted on shouting "F*You Alan" at Recoil on the 22nd. Wow, I'm sure he'll think twice before playing LA again over the next 18 years! Or the guy at Numan nite 1 who offered to "suck Gary's d*ck" if he let him play keyboards. Needless to say these "treasures" have been captured for sake of posterity. The incessant chatty-cathys always abound. Outdoor venues are the worst. "Let's got to a concert so that we can talk about going to Taco Bell afterwards." It can be rather depressing and mar an otherwise great time. I agree with the other poster about staying at home. Still to hang out with you, Joey, Glenn, Duke, Tim, Tom, Jeff, Kristin, Jullian, Tina, Jim (nin.com), Alex, my brother, my partner, Gary, Big-G, Gemma and the rest of the band and crew...
I wouldn't miss it for the world!
It was SO cool hanging with you guys in L.A.. Thanks for the offer to back me up in the future, but I didn't need a bodyguard. The guy was simply shoving into me for 80% of the evening. I didn't want to bring you guys down during the show or afterward about it. All was forgiven between Paul and I on Sacrifice, yet Steve queried why I didn't post about it on the NAGNFC. And truth be told, people like me who have a long history of getting the butt-end of the actions of drunken Sacrifice Moderators IS, in fact, news. The fact it involves me is irrelevant. I would report it even if it were someone else involved, and had made sure the news was reliable as I always cite my sources. In fact, Gary's own website has a long history of ranting against segments of his fans, naming individual posters by name, so if imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, my reputation as a Numan fan is safe.
I didn't know about that Recoil episode, or even what was said to Gary. You know I'm no prude. Just look at my hair! But it makes you wonder why people spent the $50 just to audibly compete with the performer over what they will order at Taco Bell for a half hour. I don't mind getting shoved around either. You should have seen us in Charlotte at the Numan show in 1998! The crowd was making me seasick but it was fun! But what happened last week was just unnecessary.
Thanks to you and everyone who has my back on this, which so far is 99% of you. And thanks again for your offer to intervene, Mixter. Hopefully it will never come to that.
Ciao for now,
Jim "The Machman" Napier
Dear Jim, sorry to hear about the drunk. I'm not a fan of drinking or drunks but I think for reasons of balance I should try to say something positive about 'Smiley'. Is it the guy who I met in Liverpool? And who gave me a lift to my lodgings? And talked pleasantly with me afterwards as if we'd been friends for years? If so, then he's a good guy. A good guy with a drink problem, but a good guy nonetheless.
Hi Paul in Wyoming,
No unfortunately, that guy in Liverpool you were speaking with was Dave and the driver was Geoff. I've never seen Smiley at a concert north of London/Cardiff. I've only seen him at one concert per tour. Dave and Geoff are pretty awesome (as is their rapping friend who rode with us in Liverpool last year). Steve is a good guy too, when he's not inexplicably applying a double standard to the forum rules to defend a fellow drinker, or approaching me with a paper moderators cap instead of as the friend I thought he was. To some, friendship is worth paper. I value friendship enough to have made ours last another 7 years despite his treatment of my friend and I who scrambled to find alternate lodging in the middle of the foreign night.
Well it's all over for now. I received a letter from the Sacrifice Yahoo Group today with the subject line: "White Flag". Thanks humbly and deeply to everyone for having my back. Many posted publicly on this forum, a dozen people wrote me with support and sympathy over what I and others were forced to endure. And nearly a dozen more letters were from members of the Sacrifice Yahoo Group who understandably wanted to remain anonymous, being loyal to both them and me. Such is their plight, their constant threat of censorship. I strive to free my Numanoid brothers and sisters from such restraint. To bring you up to speed, the following posts are the letter I received from two Sacrifice Yahoo Group moderators followed by another post containing my response. Once more, thank you. My faith in Numanoid Humanity has been restored!
All the best wishes,
Jmm "The Machman" Napier
From: Josh Blanc
Date: 11/12/2010 11:05 AM
Subject: White flag
We're writing to you on behalf of Sacrifice, which is probably the last
thing you want to discuss right now, but bad feeling toward us continues
to escalate via your forum and I really don't see that it's called for.
We were all shocked by your response to our letter, which, I'd like to
make clear, all five of the moderators were in agreement on - it wasn't
just down to Steve. By attacking him, you are merely shooting the
messenger. Our message to you was designed to be professional and you
have responded by making things personal.
We decided not to rise to your insults, and so left things at that. But,
alas, it's turned into a flame war despite our silence, and singling out
Steve the way you have, was completely uncalled for. The worst part is,
Sacrifice is being dragged with him.
The whole reason we e-mailed you in the first place was to prevent this
kind of thing from happening on the group. We have no control over what
members do off-group and therefore your problem with Paul was irrelevant
to our decision process. If he'd posted what you had, he would equally
have been given a warning - irregardless of his moderator status.
Participating in your forum would only exacerbate things, as the facts
have become twisted beyond recognition, and I can only see them becoming
more so. One or two of our members have tried to rise to our defense (of
their own volition) but now they too are being attacked. Is it too much
to ask that some kind of truce be arrived at? I don't see that Sacrifice
deserves to be tarred and feathered because of the actions of a few people.
Josh Blanc & Stevie K. Farnaby
Josh Blanc & Stevie K. Farnaby,
> We were all shocked by your response to our letter, which, I'd like to
> make clear, all five of the moderators were in agreement on
I must have been given a different moderator's letter than what you signed off on. My copy was signed simply Steve Wilkins. Paul I would have guessed. Didn't know about Steven F. I'm not sure I even know you Josh. Are you the one from Canada who camped at Steve's place for months? Was there a fifth one? Nic? Greig would surely have come to me as a friend rather than in a cold, official capacity if he felt I was out of line with the core values of your group.
> By attacking him, you are merely shooting the
> messenger. Our message to you was designed to be professional and you
> have responded by making things personal.
Steve received a seven-year reprieve from his abandonment of my friend and I in a foreign country. That was complimentary. Not only would anyone else have extended the courtesy of retaining his friendship until his cold moderator letter arrived in lieu of his steadfast friendship in reciprocation of mine, but on my last visit, I mentioned I didn't know how to end that particular 2003 Riveting Chapter since it could only put Steve in a bad light. Steve said I might as well tell it like it was in line with the uncensored clarification of the facts I strive to provide the world nearly every day. I thought that was very brave of him actually. So technically I have his permission to tell the whole story. Any questions?
> The whole reason we e-mailed you in the first place was to prevent this
> kind of thing from happening on the group.
Mission accomplished. Further it was all over as far as I was concerned. Sincere apologies were handed out. But as far as the Sacrifice Moderators, it still wasn't over was it? In your spirit of continuance of this matter, I fell in line with your definition of "Over", attuned to your ethic, stance and mission to further blame once the end of the story was written.
> Participating in your forum would only exacerbate things, as the facts
> have become twisted beyond recognition, and I can only see them
> more so. One or two of our members have tried to rise to our defense
> their own volition) but now they too are being attacked.
Well, you have proved your own point in that gem of a sentence. The facts are twisted insofar as there have been but ONE ambassador from Sacrifice, not one or two. Further, the facts you claim are being twisted have so far only stemmed from said ambassador who BLAMED ME DIRECTLY FOR A POST SOMEONE ELSE MADE. But I understand heavy drinking will have that effect. To me, the facts on the NAGNFC Forum,and on the NAGNFC Front Page couldn't be clearer. My site exists solely for the purpose of the presentation and CLARIFICATION of facts, with all sources checked and cited. If there is something on the NAGNFC Forum or Front Page you are confused by, please do not hesitate to let me fulfill my site's mission and clarify anything you do not understand.
> One or two of our members have tried to rise to our defense
> their own volition) but now they too are being attacked
Well nearly a dozen Sacrifice members have written me in support of what I have said, expressing sympathies for what I paid to undergo last week. They wrote me privately, understandably, as they are loyal to both your forum and my site.
>>We have no control over what
> members do off-group and therefore your problem with Paul was
> to our decision process.
Oh my God. Just so I have this right, a member of Sacrifice can ruin the evening of another's, but when said member is asked why, the request is censored by moderators who wash their hands of it saying "We have no control or influence over the actions of members who physically violate other members". They then send the person Steve claims put Sacrifice on the map a moderator letter asking to keep such matters private? When Public drunkenness affecting paying Public concertgoers is in fact a PUBLIC ISSUE?
The fact that your fellow moderator scared women and children at a Numan show is fine with you, just so long as it's not online in text. That proven by the fact he received no warning from you as you say. That is incredible in my eyes.
> Is it too much
> to ask that some kind of truce be arrived at? I don't see that
> deserves to be tarred and feathered because of the actions of a few
My point has been made so I am done. I will tell others on the forum the same. But if I experience more than the two episodes I already have from Sacrifice moderators, or now even members such as the one who falsely accused me of speaking words in another's post, I will again speak on behalf of the fellow Numanoids, and the scared women and children I watched, who are there, believe it or not, not to become unconscious by way of a
alcohol, but to enjoy a Gary Numan show.
At the aftertour party, Gemma thanked me for looking out for Gary on my site. Does that not also extend to the reason Gary is on stage, the quality of his fans' experience? No?
All the best and Numanishly,
Jim "The Machman" Napier
North American Gary Numan Fan Club