Gary Numan performs at 9:30 Club on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (Photo by Jason Nicholson)
Industrial pioneer Gary Numan enthralled a packed 9:30 Club for the second time in a year with a concept album themed around a post-apocalyptic future. Jason Nicholson took some photos!
In September 2017, Gary released Savage (Songs from a Broken World), his 21st studio album, via BMG and The End. And he’s been on a global tour that brought him to 9:30 Club last December, and then again last week.
Along the way, Gary has performed a lot of new songs from the album, but he never forgets his old-school fans. At 9:30 Club, he broke out “Metal” and “Films” early and “Down in the Park” and “Cars” in the middle of the show. He closed his main set with the always welcome “Are Friends Electric?,” his still-vital #1 UK smash hit from 1979.
In a highlight among the new songs, Gary’s daughter Persia joined him on backing vocals for “My Name Is Ruin” from the new album. The teen also appeared in the song’s video! Perhaps we’ll see another performer from the Numan family when she launches a solo career down the road?
Watch the official music video for “My Name Is Ruin” by Gary Numan on YouTube:
Opening for Gary on this leg of the Savage Tour was Nightmare Air, fronted by Dave Dupuis. Dave teamed with Swaan Miller and Jimmy Lucido and played alluring shoegaze from Nightmare Air albums Fade Out and High in the Lasers.
Here are some pictures of Nightmare Air and Gary Numan performing at 9:30 Club on Sept. 21, 2018. All photos copyright and courtesy of Jason Nicholson.