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Gary Numan is considered by many to be the Godfather of electronic music.    From early classics like "Metal" to his latest album, Savage (Songs from a Broken World), his music transcends the test of time with a powerful sound that is truly unmistakable.  Numan seems to continually be reinventing himself in ways that keep his music relevant while pushing his creative envelope to whole new levels.  More remarkable still is that this ‘continual evolution’ is still taking place some 40+ years after his first release with the Tubeway Army.  

On Tuesday night, Gary Numan took center stage at The Observatory OC and kicked off the second US leg of his Savage Tour – and did do in spectacular form. Donned in what many considered his ‘Savage’ attire, Numan and Company launched into a massive set that spanned a lifetime of incredible work.  From the haunting sounds of “Everything Comes Down to This” to the familiar sound of 1979’s “Cars” – there was something for everyone in OC that evening.  Those that hung in there till the end were rewarded with a powerful encore consisting of “Ghost Nation” and “A Prayer for the Unborn”.  

All in all, Gary Numan’s 17-song set delivered on countless levels and placed a solid exclamation point on what I consider one of the top live performances I have seen in 2018. Fans in attendance were subjected to a throwback show that proved over and over why Gary Numan is still at the top of his class after all these years.  He’s a once-in-a-lifetime artist that puts his heart and soul into everything he does, and his sheer genius was on display for all to see on Tuesday evening. Bravo. 

Matthew Belter

Executive Editor - Long Beach

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