Welcome - About Live and Loud!

Live and Loud! began as a fortnightly internet radio show in 2012 taking old unreleased live concert recordings I could find and working to repair and improve them - fixing tape hiss, noise, tape drop out, clicks, speed variations, defects - before improving the sound quality by EQing the sound to bring out the instruments as clearly as possible. These are now made directly available to download for free to reach as many fans of the music as possible.

Depending on the quality of the original recording, these can often be made to sound almost like commercial recordings - but of course I can't guarantee that for every show. What I can guarantee is it will sound far better than the original files available which have been floating around the internet and on bootleg recordings for many years.

Almost all are either "soundboard" recordings (taken directly from the mixing desk used at the gig on the night) or old FM radio recordings. A few gigs, if they are of special historical importance, make an appearance even if they were recorded from the audience - these can also be made to sound better than ever.

Do your ears a favour and listen on headphones or good speakers to get most benefit - laptop speakers will always sound pretty poor by comparison.

All shows still available are listed, including a link to download the remastered show for free. If you want to support the site with a small donation, you can receive the shows as either separate MP3s or FLACs (your choice) - head over to the Rewards for Donations page and see how you can get a lot for very little!

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And finally... These are great fun to listen to but DO NOT replace original releases - support these artists and buy their music.
There is nothing you can go and buy in a regular record store here. If a gig is made available as a regular release, then it will be removed (as a couple have been already).

Saturday 23 March 2024

Show 200 - Gary Numan - Live At Metro, Chicago - 11 May 1998



A quick request. If you plan on downloading this and putting it on your YouTube channel or your own bootleg page - I don't mind. But a credit to this website where you found it and a link back to this page would be really appreciated. It helps me gauge which artists are popular - ie more chance of other restorations coming. Don't just steal it, cut out the intro and outro and take the credit. Thanks.

The Show
This is a rare show - recordings of the Exile Tour are not common. I am indebted to a friend of mine who was at the show and recorded it to DAT - the first time he had snuck a recorder into a show. He did a great job!

What Was Done

The original recording was wiped many years ago - the only copy of this gig was on MP3. First thing I did when I approached this one (as I always do if I can only find MP3 copies) is to save it as a lossless WAV file for editing, so all the edits were saved losslessly, and no further degradation can take place. Indeed, unless you have super human hearing (or analyse waveforms to an unhealthy degree) you would never know now

As with all audience recordings I do, I removed some of the hall ambience, then spent much time improving the sound quality - basically making the band clearer, the drums more distinct, Gary's voice clearer - before mastering it. As my friend who taped it said yesterday “I just listened…Simply outstanding! The sound is very crisp and bright. I feel like I was actually at the show itself when I listened to it...and I was there”. This is a great record of Gary Numan playing live when he was well and truly re-energising his career. 

The All Important Download Link

You can now download or stream this repaired, restored and remastered version of this show as one 320kbps MP3 file exclusively for FREE by clicking right HERE.

Friends (Pure Version)
Dominion Day
A Question Of Faith
Everyday I Die
Noise, Noise
An Alien Cure
Down In The Park
Dead Heaven
Are 'Friends' Electric?


2nd Encore:
We Are So Fragile
Me! I Disconnect From You 

Be sure to check out the other Numan gigs I've restored HERE - all downloadable for free.

Supporting The Site

If you want to support the work I do on these recordings, and the site, and (if you wish to) obtain separate, fully tagged 320kbps MP3s of this restoration for less than the price of a coffee in return, or lossless FLACs or even a lossless copy on CDR, head on over to the Rewards For Donations tab to see how you can obtain these for a very small donation towards the site costs. There is no obligation to do so of course - you can take the file on this page absolutely for free - but every single donation does go towards this site and domain/storage costs, and helps the site stay open, and helps me do more shows. Either way, enjoy the show.

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