With Gary Numan returning for a show at Exhibition Centre Liverpool, we revisit his last trip to Liverpool through the brilliant lens of John Johnson and Matthew Hogarth’s review. Head over to the Bido Lito! Facebook page to be in with a chance of winning a pair of standing tickets.
“It’s time for the cult leader to deliver his sermon to his devoted followers. A series of neon red beams fly at the audience to announce Numan’s arrival, refracting off the mass of bald heads which swim below, acting like a beacon for the electro pioneer. Having lost the withdrawn robotism of his early years, there seems to have been an almost Kafkaesque transformation, with Numan appearing more like a rock god. He is followed on stage by his band, who, slightly incongruously, have the air of a Danish black metal band. However, the addition of the big rock guitars and the full band adds just another dimension to his music.
Primarily leaving the instruments to his bandmates, Numan has full room to manoeuvre about the stage and take hold of the audience, which he does with aplomb as he oscillates wildly about the stage. Casting behemoth shadows amidst the dazzling light show, he really does put on a show, keeping the audience firmly in his grasp the entire time. Proving that there’s more to the man than Cars and Are Friends Electric?, even to those there for the novelty, the noir figure offers a distinctive performance which takes us on a multi-sensory tour de force as striking on the eyes as it is on the ears. It may be getting on for 40 years since Numan first performed, but it seems like the synthesiser god is immortal, playing like it’s still 1979.”
Gary Numan plays Liverpool Exhibition Centre on 27th July. A limited number of tickets are still available here.