The Black Flags friend and Photographer Marcus Fox recently attended Gary Numans Dead Son Rising Gig at the Shepherd Bush Empire, on Saturday 17th September and was good enough to give us this great review….
Set the scene a synth god, a new album and thousands of fans screaming his name.
It must be another Gary Numan tour.
The Shepherds bush empire played host to the London leg of the Dead Son Rising tour. The long awaited dead son rising album, six years in the making finally made its self-known this weekend gone.
Gary Numan known for such ‘80s hits as ‘I Die You: You Die’ and ‘ We Are Glass ‘ hit London with a sound far from that of old. With a mix of old classics and new material from the new album Numan bought with him an amazing light show and for the most part stunning video displays.
The show started with the amazing Jayce Lewis playing what could best be described as a fantastic set with videos that really credit the songs.
When Numan took to the stage the arena burst out in deafening chants of ‘Numan’ that echoed throughout the empire.
Gary opened with ‘Resurrection’, track one from the album and followed up with the old classic down in the park.
With the next song ‘The Fall’ we see Numan at his best with a light show like no other and video that could only be bettered by the promo video of the song that can be found online.
Songs that really stood out on the night are ‘When the sky bleeds he will come ‘and ‘Big noise transmission’ both new releases and both taking Numan into the new industrial age once again.
One song that stood out more than any other was ‘Absolution’ once held to be a romantic love song now scared by the video played behind as the song was performed. Showing scenes from the disaster of 9/11 and other terror issues from the past. In my eyes it was still a little too close to the anniversary of 9/11 for this to be shown.
After a 17 song main set that was ended with ‘I Die: You Die’, Numan left the stage to a bigger roar from the crowd than the one at the start. Minuets went by of ‘Numan’ chants that could be heard up in the gods. Numan once again took to the stage now hand in hand with two of his young girls for a very special moment. Gary asked the fans to sing an early happy birthday to his eldest daughter Raven whose birthday he would sadly miss on Monday night.
The encore was a mix of classics with the comeback of the Tubeway Army hit ‘My Shadow In Vain’ which I last heard live many years ago.
The show came to an end with the big hit ‘Are Friends Electric?’ with the fans singing their hearts out.
When asked to sum up their experience of the show one fan said ‘It was the best I’ve seen for several years, full of confidence’ energy and vitality.’
Another simply said ‘Absolution’.
If this show was anything to go by I cannot wait until the next tour in hopes it will top this one. As gigs go this has to be the top of my list of all time greats.
Marcus Fox 20/09/11
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