The prolific king of cold wave and synth punk w/ Big Black Delta at The Filmmore
Gary NumanThe Fillmore (1805 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA) Map it $29
Like his 80's contemporary (and competitor), Adam Ant, Numan crafted a distinctive character that propagated a progeny of dedicated disciples: to Adam's Ants were Numan's Numanoids. However, while the dandy highwayman remained loyal to his alter-ego, Numan experimented with various iterations of his image, reincarnating himself as a different persona with each new album release. His serial persona-changes may, however, have confused his hardcore groupies and diluted his fanbase as none of his subsequent characters were apparently able to capture the public's imagination as attentively as did the lonely android of 1979. Most often associated with his ubiquitous 80's anthem, "Cars," Gary Numan is perhaps deserving of more credit than he's granted. A forerunner of early new wave/coldwave/darkwave, Numan pioneered a distorted, phased, metallic sound that was later embraced by bands like Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, and The Human League. To this day, his dispassionate, punk-inflected synth-pop garners praise and recognition from such artists as Trent Reznor, Marilyn Manson, and Dave Grohl; from Jarvis Cocker and Damon Albarn to Tricky, Bowie, and Beck, Numan's admirers certainly attest to his relevance and influence. Even Afrika Bambaataa is a fan. Enough said.