A stage washed in blue with smoke billowing. A crowd of black-clad Numanoids eagerly waiting. To cheers and whoops of delight from a devoted crowd, Gary and his rag tag band of musicians entered the stage. Eerie electronics filled the venue as Numan began his performance of Dystopian gloom and environmental melt down. ‘We live in a Wind Swept Hell’ snarled Gary to a backdrop of raging fire and metallic riffs. And so it began…..
Gary Numan has an impressive back catalogue spanning forty years in the industry and a diverse list of artists who have covered or sampled his tracks. Prince, Lady Gaga, Jack White, Kanye West, Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters, The Sugarbabes and Nine Inch Nails have all paid homage to Numan.
With a powerful sound and impressive stage lighting, Numan’s music held the audience in thrall. No longer the jerky android of the past, Numan now moves with fluidity and grace. From a crouching stance ready to pounce to a yearning arms in the air stance, Numan contorted around the microphone and glided the length of the stage with the energy of a man half his age.
In shapeless grey garb with a shock of black hair and his trademark eyeliner, Numan held the stage. His band of accomplished musicians wore similar post-apocalyptic grey garb and produced throbbing, grinding riffs, thumping beats and a heavy industrial synch rock that illustrated the constant innovation of sound from his array of albums.
A rip-roaring version of ‘Metal’, followed by songs from his 2013 album ‘Splinter (Songs From a Broken World)’ was met with delight by the audience. His most recent album ‘Savage’ showed the Eastern Influences he has incorporated into his pioneering vision of music creativity.
Numan gave an inventive, theatrical performance that included the classic hit ‘Cars’ and ended with his genre-defining hit ‘Are Friends Electric’.
His deeply powerful music has stood the test of time whilst continuing to develop and grow. From past to present and into the future, Numan is an artist well worth watching.