Gary Numan brought his Splinter tour to the Heaven stage at the Masquerade in Atlanta on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013. The Atlanta show was one of the last American stops for Numan, who is on the road to support his latest release, Splinter: Songs From a Broken Mind. The Heaven room at The Masquerade was nearly full with Numan’s fans, both young and old.
Opening the show was Atlanta-based band, Board of Whores. The band’s dark, electronic rock sound was a good fit for the crowd, who seemed to really accept the band. Frontman Eddie Edwards seemed to be as anxious to see Numan perform as the audience was, quickly assuring the crowd that Board of Whores was the only opening band for the night.
Kicking off the show with an instrumental intro called “Resurrection,” Numan’s wall of sound slammed into the awaiting audience. Using backlighting and front projection video, Numan’s performance was often cloaked in shadows, which helped accentuate the music the band played throughout the show. Joining Numan and his band on stage for most of the show was Nine Inch Nail’s Robin Finck.
While Numan’s set was heavily steeped with tracks from his latest album, including “I am Dust,” “The Calling,” “Here in the Black,” and “Love Hurt Bleed,” he did not shy away from older songs in his catalog. Other selections from his 20 studio albums included “Down in the Park,” “Are Friends Electric,” “I Die You Die” and of course the 1980’s pop hit “Cars.”
During the entire show, Numan danced around on stage, thrashed to the music, played the keyboards and guitar and never once slowed down. Clearly, the 55-year-old musician has no intention of slowing down any time soon. In fact, one might argue that with his latest CD returning him to the UK Top 20 album chart for the first time in 30 years, Gary Numan will be around for many more years to come.
For more information on Gary Numan’s latest CD and remaining tour dates, visit www.garynuman.com
For more information on Board of Whores, visit their website at www.boardofwhores.com