Are you real? Gary Numan tribute band team up with Ade Orange

Ade Orange with Gary Numan's band

Ade Orange with Gary Numan's band

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This Is Local London: Photograph of the Author by , Senior reporter - Epsom

A Gary Numan tribute band walks into a bar.

It turns out that the barman is Ade Orange, Numan’s keyboard player of 22 years.

The tribute band Nuway Army and Ade Orange, whose real name is Adrian Crickmer, decide to play together for one night only.

Mr Crickmer, 49, who runs barXLR in East Street, Epsom, said he thought he had played his last Numan tunes when he left the band in 2006.

But he said: "A few months ago, a Gary Numan tribute act called Nuway Army came in to try to get a gig at barXLR not knowing that I owned the place.

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Nuway Army with guest Ade Orange

"We got talking and decided it might be fun for me to guest on keyboards when they played there. That’s exactly what’s happening on Saturday, March 1, at barXLR.

"Quite a lot of the tickets were snapped up by some of Gary’s loyal fans and I’m looking forward to catching up with them again."

Nuway Army, a six piece band with two keyboard players, faithfully reproduces Numan’s best-loved tunes including classics like Cars and Are Friends Electric?

Of his new age electronic days, Mr Crickmer said: "I spent 22 years playing keyboards for Gary Numan under my stage name of Ade Orange.

"We toured America three times and did extensive UK Tours, TV shows and some European work too. I left in 2006 and continue to run my pub/music venue barXLR."

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To win a pair of tickets to the gig answer the following question by midnight on Thursday, February 20.

What is Gary Numan's real name?

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Nuway Army and Ade Orange, barXLR, 79 East Street, Epsom. March 1, 7.30pm doors, band on stage 9.30pm until 12.30am. Tickets at at £7.50 (plus 75p booking fee).

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