Gary Numan gave a blistering performance at Milwaukee’s Turner Hall on Tuesday, April 1. The industrial- and electro-rock pioneer reinforced why the modern-rock icon has influenced many of today’s top musicians.
Performing roughly twenty songs in just under two-hours, Numan focused primarily on his latest album, "Splinter (Songs From a Broken Mind).” The opus is his most critically acclaimed effort in years and marked his return to the Billboard 2000 for the first time in over three decades.
Becoming one with the music, Numan writhed and contorted himself as he expelled every last emotion into his vocals. Choosing not to interact with the audience between songs, he spoke only a simple “Thank you” at the end of the show. Instead he dished out a mind-numbing, high-energy performance that drew fans close to the stage.
Thick electronic hooks and jolting guitar riffs were complemented by lush colored lights and frequent use of flash strobes. The result was a mind altering experience that effectively lifted the driving “I Am Dust” and up-tempo “Pure,” while also impacting the darker mood of “Lost.”
“Are ‘Friends” Electric?” and “Cars” generated the strongest fan frenzy and still felt fresh despite their age. However, most in the audience were obviously aware of his newer material, as suggested by the spontaneous vocal outbreaks from the crowd while they rocked to the newer material.
Numan has only a handful of tour dates remaining in support “Splinter.” Fans can still catch him in St. Louis, Denver or Los Angeles over the next few days.
Gary Numan setlist:
I Am Dust
Everything Comes Down to This
Here in the Black
Down in the Park
We're the Unforgiven
Love Hurt Bleed
A Prayer for the Unborn
I Die: You Die
Are 'Friends' Electric?
My Last Day