While Trent Reznor abandoned the mechanical savagery of The Downward Spiral long ago, Gary Numan is out here building it into his live show like it just happened yesterday. From the dark depths of industrial pageantry we find Numan as its graceful prince, leading one of the best shows of the year. If you think “Cars” is the journey, you’re sorely mistaken. A 2014 Gary Numan show is more emotionally relentless than that New Wave classic. It’s more “Metal” on steroids, a place where the thought of destruction is more satisfying than the promise of a soothing synth line. And there were synth lines, but they were beefed up and his band was there to thrash about them — almost as much as Numan. It’s impressive to see a man move like he does. He understands what makes a body look iconic and uses that to look unforgettable. Take notes, young ones — there is still magic in our elders.
Gary Numan @ Roseland, October 26, 2014
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